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Hubble's view of Saturn's ringed world

NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (U. of Arizona)

The Hubble Space Telescope was more than 1 billion miles away from Saturn when it snapped this image. The dark band in the ring system is actually a large gap between the rings called the Cassini division. The gap was discovered in 1675 by Italian astronomer Jean-Dominique Cassini, for whom the Cassini spacecraft is named. The colors in the Hubble view are what you would see if you could travel to the planet. The bright icy particles that make up the rings make them appear white.