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August 23, 2007 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-32

Going, Going, Gone: Hubble Captures Uranus's Rings on Edge

August 23, 2007: This series of images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows how the ring system around the distant planet Uranus appears at ever more oblique (shallower) tilts as viewed from Earth - culminating in the rings being seen edge-on in three observing opportunities in 2007. The best of these events appears in the far right image taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on August 14, 2007.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute)