Saturn's ring system is tilted toward our planet, which gives viewers a attractive look at the illuminated, icy structure. The portrait was taken during Saturn's closest approach to Earth in June, showing the unique characteristics of the planet at this point in time.
Smaller, convective storms, such as the one just above the center of the planet's image, also come and go. "In Saturn's case, scientists are tracking weather patterns and other changes to identify trends", NASA and ESA officials said in an image description. The image reveals that the ring system is tilted toward Earth, giving viewers a magnificent look at the bright, icy structure.
NASA routinely snaps new images of the gaseous planets in our solar system, so you can expect another updated image sometime next year.
And then, there's Saturn's freaky hexagon, a target of truly perplexing geometry.
On the flip side, there are a few features that will remain immediately recognizable to astronomy fans, including the hexagonal shape persisting on Saturn's north pole. Cassini orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. The perplexing polygon was first discovered by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1981 and is caused by a high-speed jet stream.
Given its larger mass, the surface gravity of K2-18b exoplanet is much higher than that of the Earth.
Finally, there's Saturn itself, which shines like a ruddy jewel in the black of space. "Below the haze lie clouds of ammonia ice crystals, as well as deeper, unseen lower-level clouds of ammonium hydrosulphide and water".
Saturn's atmosphere gets its banded look from winds and clouds moving at different altitudes.
The Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990 and is one of the most prolific space observatories of all time.
This image is the second in a yearly series of snapshots taken as part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) project.
Nasa's Hubble space telescope has just found a new planet that contains water in its atmosphere, the exoplanet could be the best potential host to life outside our solar system.