New Huge Ring Around Saturn Discovered

Posted: Oct 7 2009, 10:08am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:43pm CDT, in News | Technology News


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If you look to closely you sometimes miss the full picture like in the case of planet Saturn. Saturn is known for his rings. Now NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered an enormous ring around Saturn.
The new belt lies at the far reaches of the Saturn system, with an orbit tilted 27 degrees from the main ring plane. The bulk of its material starts about 3.7 million miles away from the planet and extends outward roughly another 7.4 million miles.
The image above (artist rendering) shows that the new found Saturn ring is not as neatly aligned as the others.
The new found Saturn ring itself is tenuous, made up of a thin array of ice and dust particles. Spitzer's infrared eyes were able to spot the glow of the band's cool dust. The telescope, launched in 2003, is currently 107 million kilometers (66 million miles) from Earth in orbit around the sun.
More details on NASA.

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