Hubble captures a new image of Saturn

The Hubble Space Telescope has produced a mesmerising new image of the iconic ringed planet Saturn.

Published: October 18, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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A new image of Saturn captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA, ESA, A Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and MH Wong (University of California, Berkeley)
NASA, ESA, A Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and MH Wong (University of California, Berkeley)

The Hubble Space Telescope caught this shot of Saturn in June 2019 as the ringed planet made its closest approach to Earth – passing within 1.36 billion km of our planet.

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With its rings tilted towards us, the different bands that run through them can be clearly seen, as can the hexagonal storm raging around Saturn’s north pole.

What can no longer be seen, however, is the smaller storm just below the north polar region, which Hubble spotted in 2018.

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Image credit: NASA, ESA, A Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and MH Wong (University of California, Berkeley)

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Before going freelance, Rob spent almost four years on staff at BBC Science Focus magazine subediting news, features and reviews. He's now a freelance journalist and has written about everything from electric cars to decomposing bodies… although space and speed are what fascinate him most.

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