Uranus. Hubble Space Telescope image of the planet Uranus, showing its ring system and six of its moons. The bright moon at lower right is Ariel. Five other faint moons are seen around the rings. Clockwise from the top, they are Desdemona, Belinda, Portia, Cressida and Puck. Uranus is the seventh major planet from the Sun, orbiting at just under 3 billion kilometres, some 20 times the Earth-Sun distance. The cloud bands and rings are parallel to its equator. Uranus has an axis of rotation in the same plane as its orbit, so it appears to rotate on its side, unlike the other planets. Images taken in August 2003.
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Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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