One of the many scientific goals of NASA / ESA is to study the planets within the solar system – and in recent years, the outer planets of our system have been observed several times as part of the OAL program of the outer planet Hubble (OPAL).
This program gave us the new image of the planet Uranus, the seventh planet in the solar system in order to increase the distance from the sun. Uranus' past observations through Hubble have led to many interesting insights about the ice cold giant; In 2006, the telescope was able to capture a shot in which Moon Ariel and his accompanying shadow crossed Uranus' face, and in 2011 Hubble was able to identify faint angles in the atmosphere.
Observations made over a number of years also allowed astronomers to study the planet's faint ringer system, as the trend changed with respect to the Earth's orbit. This new image, taken with Hubble 3's wide field camera, adds to the legacy of imagery that has already been taken and will provide scientists with even more new insights into our distant neighbors.
Credit: NASA, ESA, A.A. (NASA Goddard), M. Wong and A. Hsu (University of California, Berkeley)