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Discovery of Uranus' rings

Discovery of Uranus' rings

Adapted from Elliot et al. (1977)

Discovery of Uranus' rings
Brightness of a background star observed from Kuiper Airborne Observatory in 1977 as Uranus was approaching it, showing sharp dips when five of Uranus' narrow rings swept across the star as seen from the observatory.

Adapted from Elliot et al. (1977).

Original image data dated on or about March 10, 1977

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