29 December 2005

What is that ring around your anus?

Dwayne Brown/George Deutsch
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-1726/1324

Ray Villard
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
(410) 338-4514

Dec. 22, 2005
RELEASE: 05-590
NASA's Hubble Discovers New Rings and Moons Around Uranus
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope photographed a new pair of rings around Uranus and two new, small moons orbiting the planet.

The largest ring is twice the diameter of the planet's previously known rings. The rings are so far from the planet, they are being called Uranus' "second ring system." One of the new moons shares its orbit with one of the rings. Analysis of the Hubble data also reveals the orbits of Uranus' family of inner moons have changed significantly over the past decade.

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