Articles tagged "saturn"

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Great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21

A rare great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will take place at 18:11 UTC on December 21, with the two planets passing just 6.1 arcminutes (about one-fifth the apparent width of the moon) of each other, as seen from Earth. Coincidentally, the December solstice is...

December 20, 2020

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Galactic cosmic rays affect atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, research finds

A team of Japanese researchers-- using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)-- discovered that galactic cosmic rays affect the chemical reactions involved in the formation of organic molecules bearing nitrogen on the atmosphere of...

February 18, 2020

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NASA unveils first global geologic map of Titan

NASA has revealed the first global geologic map of Titan, the largest moon orbiting Saturn. The map showed a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters, and other types of terrain. Aside from Earth, Titan is the only other known planetary body in the solar...

November 27, 2019


New type of storm discovered on Saturn's surface

A new type of storm was discovered on Saturn's surface. The researchers analyzed hundreds of snapshots taken by amateur astronomers and developed simulations to understand the strange weather events. Telescope imagery revealed long patches of bright clouds near...

November 04, 2019

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Saturn's radiation belts: A stranger to the solar wind

The high energy proton population in the environment of Saturn develops independently of the solar wind - and thus in a considerably different way from the one on Earth. The radiation belts of Earth and Saturn differ more strongly than previously assumed. In these...

November 01, 2017

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Saturn's 'weird' magnetic field perplexes scientists

The Cassini probe's first results from inside Saturn's rings make scientists question the conventional wisdom on how planets form magnetic fields. As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings,...

July 27, 2017

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Cassini's new mission shows Saturn in a different light

The Cassini spacecraft has sent the first images of Saturn's atmosphere since the start of its new mission phase. The images reveal the planet's northern hemisphere as well as its unique hexagon jet stream. The newest phase of the NASA's Cassini...

December 07, 2016


Analyzing Cassini data on Jupiter and Saturn climate to search how the climate changes on Earth

According to new research, data being collected from Jupiter, Saturn and Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, can provide the new information about the Earth’s past and future atmospheric conditions. A team of scientist will analyze the vast amount of data...

February 27, 2016


Saturn's moon Enceladus exhibits signs of hydrothermal activity

Data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft provided first clear evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus exhibits signs of present-day hydrothermal activity which may resemble that seen in the deep oceans on Earth. The implications of such activity on a world

March 15, 2015


Mysterious 'Magic Island' appears on Saturn moon

Astronomers have discovered a bright, mysterious geologic object – where one never existed – on Cassini mission radar images of Ligeia Mare, the second-largest sea on Saturn's moon Titan. Scientifically speaking, this spot is considered a "transient

June 23, 2014


Cassini images may reveal the birth of new Saturn moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons.Images taken with Cassini's narrow angle camera on Apr

April 15, 2014


Cassini gets a 360-degree view of Saturn's auroras

While Hubble Space Telescope, orbiting around Earth, was able to observe the Saturn's northern auroras in ultraviolet wavelengths, Cassini spacecraft, orbiting around Saturn, got complementary close-up views in infrared, visible-light and ultraviolet

February 16, 2014

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Cassini spacecraft obtains best views of Saturn's six-sided jet stream - the hexagon

Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole.  This is the first hexagon movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of

December 10, 2013


What's up for July 2013?

Saturn is well-placed for viewing this month, revealing its northern hemisphere and a ring tilt open to 17 degrees. And July is a great month to spot Saturn's third-largest moon Iapetus. On July 15 and 16 you'll be able to spot our moon near

July 05, 2013

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Earth and Saturn together in July photo-op

The NASA probe will capture imagery of of the ringed planet with Earth in its backdrop on July 19th, 2013. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a public out reach program called 'Wave At Saturn' for the event and will compile a mosaic. Read more

July 01, 2013

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Cassini spacecraft to take a unique picture of Earth from Saturn

NASA`s Cassini probe will take a photo of our planet on July 19, 2013, where Earth will appear as a tiny blue dot between Saturn`s rings. Earth will be only about a pixel in size from Cassini's vantage point 1.44 billion kilometers (898 million miles)

June 23, 2013


Wild weather predicted for Saturn's largest moon Titan

According to the two new models, Saturn`s moon Titan may be affected by some harsh weather as it heads into its spring and summer seasons. Experts are of the opinion that as the seasons change in Titan's northern hemisphere, hurricanes could begin to churn and

May 26, 2013

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First global topographic map of Titan, a world much like Earth

Scientists have created the first global topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan giving researchers a valuable tool for learning more about one of the most Earth-like and interesting worlds in the solar system. The map was just published as part of a paper in

May 16, 2013

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Massive hurricane-like storm on Saturn

The international Cassini spacecraft has found a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole, surrounded by the curious rotating hexagonal band of clouds. This storm has been churning since at least 2006. The images Cassini took on November 27,

May 02, 2013


Saturn and Earth line up for an amazing view of the golden planet

If you have any interest in astronomy you have probably seen dozens if not hundreds of breathtaking images of the universe and our Solar System. Those images are usually acquired by some of Earth's best spacecrafts, like Hubble, Cassini, Messenger and others who beam

April 27, 2013

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Stunning views of Venus through Saturn's rings

The international Cassini spacecraft took amazing images of Venus shining through Saturn's rings. Venus and Saturn are about 1,321,200,000 km (820,955,619 miles or 8.83 astronomical units) apart on average. Venus is brighter in Saturn’s skies than Earth is,

March 05, 2013

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Aftermath of Saturn's record-setting storm revealed

The heat-seeking capabilities of the international Cassini spacecraft and two ground-based telescopes have provided the first look at the aftermath of Saturn’s ‘Great Springtime Storm’. Concealed from the naked eye, a giant oval vortex is persisting long after

October 25, 2012


2011 Skywatching Guide: Planets in the Solar System

The planets of our solar system are at tomes some of the most rewarding and simplest skywatching targets to spot, if you know when and where to look. Here's a look at how to observe the planets of the solar system in 2011: Tip: Astronomers measure distances in...

April 19, 2011

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Rare sight: Mercury to meet Mars at dawn on Tuesday

Skywatchers set your alarm clocks: On Tuesday morning (April 19), Mercury will appear to have a close encounter with Mars. In reality, the two planets will actually be separated by about 161 million miles (259 million kilometers), but in Earth’s sky they will...

April 18, 2011