A cosmic optical illusion will make Saturn's rings disappear in 2025

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We've seen all manner of optical illusions in recent years, from rotating horses to countless objects that appear to be moving despite being still. But just when it feels like we've seen them all, it seems we're about to receive another lesson in how our eyes can trick us from none other less one of the biggest planets in the solar system. 

Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun, is best known for its rings, but apparently they're going to disappear. Visible from Earth using telescopes, these formations of orbiting ice particles, rock and space dust have fascinated astronomers since the times of Galileo. But that might not be the case in 2025.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.