NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured stunning new images of Saturn in such detail that even its faint inner rings are visible.

When the planet was tilted 845,064,821 miles towards the earth, the telescope took the photos that would have been possible only if a spaceship had visited the gas giant.


This is the second photograph of Saturn in a new year series, in which astronomers say it has been presented in unprecedented clarity this year.

"These pictures are more than just beauty shots," Nasa said in a statement. "They reveal a planet with a turbulent, dynamic atmosphere.

"This year … shows that a big storm, seen in the 2018 Hubble image in the northern polar region, has disappeared.

"Smaller storms pop up like popcorn kernels that appear in the microwave before they disappear just as fast."

However, there are some things that have not changed.

At the North Pole is still a mysterious six-sided pattern, which is referred to as "hexagon" and was first discovered in 1981 by the NASA spacecraft Voyager 1.

The astronomers added that the Saturn signature rings are still breathtaking.

"The picture shows that the ring system is tilted to the ground and gives the viewers a magnificent view of the bright, icy structure," they said.

NASA will continue its annual monitoring to track changing weather patterns and identify other changes.