The Rings of Uranus

Saturn’s rings are so prominent that they easily visible from Earth with a small telescope. All the other gas giant planets have ring as well, but they weren’t discovered until we were able to look at those planets from above the Earth’s atmosphere. Here are some pictures of the ring system around Uranus taken by the Hubble Space Telescope as our point of view shifted over several years. The next time the rings will be edge-on will be in 2049.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA / STScI

14 thoughts on “The Rings of Uranus

  1. I am lodging a complaint. Given the title, I thought this post was about a certain coprophiliac and anal rape enthusuast.

    • Oh, God, I’ll never get any coffee today unless I quit reading these replies. My monitor is a mess, too, despite having it covered with a thick, clear plastic tent.

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