NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has just captured a new image of Saturn and it showcases the details of its ring system, which looks like a phonograph record with grooves that represent detailed structure within the rings. The gas giant was observed on June 20, 2019, as the planet made its closest approach to Earth, or around 845-million miles away. This image is also the second in an annual series of snapshots taken as part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) project. Read more for a video and additional information.
As you can see, Saturn’s iconic rings are still as beautiful as ever and are tilted toward Earth, giving you a brilliant look at the bright, icy structure. The Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) helps scientists understand the atmospheric dynamics and evolution of our solar system’s gas giant planets.