It is summer time on Saturn, and rarely Earthlings have gotten to see such a clear view. The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a new image of the planet, which shows its rings surprisingly clearly.
NASA has called Saturn the “lord of the rings” in its recent announcement about the new image, which was taken on July 4. At that time, the planet was 839 million miles away from Earth – visible only as a place of bright light with light.
The photo was taken as part of the Outer Planets Atmosphere Heritage Project, which is helping scientists study the gas giants of our solar system. Astronomers are eager to track weather changes and storms on Saturn to potentially understand its evolution.
The image highlights summers in the planet’s northern hemisphere, NASA said. Not only is it amazing, but it captures important details of the planet’s shifting season.
There are several small atmospheric storms visible, as well as the changing colors of the band from year to year.
The red haze seen above the Northern Hemisphere may be caused by the rising heat from the sun coming during summer. NASA said that heat can affect circulation or ice in the atmosphere, or sunlight can affect the production of photochemical haze.
“It’s amazing that in a few years, we’re seeing seasonal changes on Saturn,” said Amy Simon, principal investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in NASA’s Greenbelt.
Alternatively, the blue color that can be seen at the south pole of the planet – just barely visible – reflects how Saturn changes during the winter.
Two of Saturn’s 82 moons Mimas (right) and Enceladus are also clearly visible in the image. NASA has previously speculated that Enceladus, the dot located below the image, may support life.
There are the famous icy rings of the planet visible in crisp detail.
How and when rings became a mystery. One theory suggests that they are only as old as the planet in 4 billion years. However, the brightness of the rings suggests that they could have become more recent, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
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