Planetary Perspective - March 2004
Hubble sees the universe through Earth’s eyes. Our view of other planets, for instance, is limited by which side is tilted toward our planet on a given night. To get a full glimpse of Saturn, Hubble joined forces with NASA’s Cassini orbiter, on the far side of the gas giant, to snap three-dimensional pictures of the planet and its rings. For the first time, astronomers were able to compare views of Saturn of equal sharpness from two very different perspectives. The colors in the photograph resemble what the planet would look like to the human eye.