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Saturn Ring Tilt

The purpose of this gallery is to track Saturn's changing ring tilt over the years.

Due to the planet's ~29.5 year orbit (in Earth years) around the Sun, its ring plane presents a changing view from our perspective.

Note that in 2004, we were seeing the planet's southern hemisphere. In the 2009 photo, the ring plane was nearly edge-on. Starting in the 2011 photo, we're looking at the northern hemisphere. Maximum ring tilt will again occur in 2017.
Planet Saturn 17-Jan-2004
Planet Saturn 17-Jan-2004
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20080323_Saturn-01-reg01-adj2.jpg
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Saturn 02-May-2011
Saturn 02-May-2011
Saturn 19-May-2013
Saturn 19-May-2013
Saturn 19-Jun-2014
Saturn 19-Jun-2014
Saturn 11-Jun-2015 (2x Barlow)
Saturn 11-Jun-2015 (2x Barlow)
Saturn at Opposition 02-Jun-2016
Saturn at Opposition 02-Jun-2016
Saturn at Opposition 16-Jun-2017 (and maximum ring tilt)
Saturn at Opposition 16-Jun-2017 (and maximum ring tilt)