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Press Release 06-057

A Blue Ring Around the Planet Uranus

Color is attributed to forces acting on dust

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This schematic view shows the outer rings of Saturn (top) and Uranus.

This schematic view shows the outer rings of Saturn and Uranus, with each system scaled to the same planetary radius. (Saturn is actually much larger than Uranus.)

Credit: Fig. 4 from de Pater, Hammel, Gibbard, and Showalter, 2006. Science, April 7, 2006.


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