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Sunset on Saturn's Rings

Sunset on Saturn's Rings


Depicts: Saturn
Copyright: Phil Nicholson (Cornell University), Steve Larson (University of Arizona) and NASA

This is a rare view of Saturn's rings seen just after the Sun has set below the ring plane, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope on Nov. 21, 1995.

This perspective is unusual because the Earth is slightly above (2.7 degrees latitude) Saturn's rings and the Sun is below them. Normally we see the rings fully illuminated by the Sun.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
25-Oct-2021 02:03 UT

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