Now Hubble has made a crystal clear depiction of Saturn from 1.35 billion kilometres - a planet you can normally see with the naked eye as a point of light in the night sky, BGNES reported.
The image from Hubble is not only stunning, it helps scientists learn new details about the planet. One of them is that there is a slight red mist in the northern hemisphere.
NASA believes this could be due to heat from sunlight changing atmospheric circulation or changing the planet's photochemical fog. At the bottom of the photo, the south pole has a slightly blue hue.
Two of Saturn's 82 moons are also visible in the picture: Mimas - a tiny dot to the right of the image, and Enceladus - a slightly larger point at the bottom of the image.
Currently, the northern hemisphere of Saturn is summer, which means that its upper northern half is tilted towards us and towards the Sun. The gas giant gets most of its heat from its interior rather than the Sun, and the average temperature is low — minus 178 degrees Celsius.
“ Hubble” has taken more than 1.3 million images since 1990, when it was first brought into orbit, and most of these images are of distant galaxies, nebulae or stars, but occasionally the space telescope also takes a picture of a planet closer to home.
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The Hubble Space Telescope has spent the past 30 years orbiting 547km above Earth. The ageing appliance has had some problems over the past few years, but it still takes incredible shots from space.tags: