Unraveling the mysteries of Saturn • Earth.com

Unraveling the mysteries of Saturn

03-20-2020


Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center presents a new Hubble Space Telescope view of Saturn.

The planet’s rings can be observed in unprecedented detail, and amber colors caused by summer smog are also clearly visible. 

Beneath the haze, there are clouds of ammonia ice crystals and deeper unseen lower-level clouds of ammonium hydrosulfide and water.

According to NASA scientists, Saturn’s banded structure is created by winds and clouds at different altitudes. 

This image was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 on June 20, 2019, when Saturn made its closest approach to Earth at about 845 million miles away.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

 

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