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Smile, you’re on Hubble’s camera!

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Saturn, the ringed giant, is one of the solar system’s most photogenic planets, and in this latest Hubble Space Telescope (@NASAHubble) view, it is especially so because Saturn’s magnificent ring system is near its maximum tilt toward Earth.

Here, Saturn was photographed near opposition, when the Sun, Earth and an outer planet are lined up, with Earth sitting in between the Sun and the outer planet. Around the time of opposition, a planet is at its closest distance to Earth for a given year. Because of the close proximity, the planet also appears brightest in the sky. Hubble viewed Saturn on June 6, when the ringed world was approximately 1.36 billion miles from Earth, as it approached a June 27 opposition.

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