Image source: NASA, ESA, and Jonathan Nichols (University of Leicester)

This is one of the newest pictures of Saturn we have been able to capture. This particular image is very special because Saturn is nearly edge-on and we are able to see both poles in the same picture. This type of opportunity only happens twice in Saturn’s 30-year orbit. One of the particularly interesting things about this picture is the presence of aurorae at both poles. The opportunity to see both aurorae in the same picture is giving scientists the ability to study minor differences between both Saturnian poles.

Unfortunately, Hubble will not be capturing another image like this of the ringed planet, because the amazing telescope will be retired before we are in a position to see Saturn from this angle again.


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