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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

NASA's Hubble Discovers New Rings & Moons Around Uranus

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Because the new rings are nearly transparent, they will be easier to see when they tilt edge-on. The new rings will increase in brightness every yearas Uranus approaches its equinox, when the sun shines directly over the planet's equator. When it happens in 2007, all of the rings will be tilted edge-on toward Earth and easier to study. These research data will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Science.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore conducts Hubble science operations. The Institute isoperated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., Washington. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. For images and information about Hubble and this research on the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/hubble or http://hubblesite.org/news/2005/33SOURCE NASA

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