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HubbleSite Hubble Again Views Saturn's Rings Edge-On

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Space Telescope Science

Saturn's magnificent ring system is seen tilted edge-on - for the second time in 1995 - in this Hubble telescope picture taken Aug. 10, when the planet was 895 million miles (1,440 million kilometers) away from Earth. Hubble snapped the image as Earth sped back across Saturn's ring plane to the sunlit side of the rings.

Several of Saturn's icy moons are visible as tiny star-like objects in or near the ring plane. On May 22, 1995 Earth dipped below the ring plane, giving observers a brief look at the backlit side of the rings. Ring-plane crossing events occur approximately every 15 years. Earthbound observers won't have as good a view until the year 2038.

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