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Cassini Mission Dives Deep Into Inner Workings Of Saturn's Rings

In a new study, scientists analyzed data from Cassini's close encounters with Saturn's rings. They found textures and patterns, as well as understood the composition of the planet's famous feature.

Space June 14, 2019

Jupiter Moons Now Up To 79 After 10 More Confirmed, Including 1 That May Collide With Others

A team of astronomers discovered 12 new Jupiter moons in March 2017, and the remaining 10 have just been confirmed to bring the total Jupiter moon count to 79. However, one of the new moons, Valetudo, is different.

Space July 19, 2018

Jupiter’s Moons Are Leaving Strange Marks On The Giant Planet’s Aurora

Scientists found peculiar swirls and spots left on Jupiter’s auroras by two of its moons. The experts said they still do not know what causes the moons to leave these trails behind.

Space July 6, 2018

121 New Giant Exoplanets Found That May Have Habitable Moons

Researchers have found 121 new exoplanets that may have habitable moons. All of the new exoplanets that were found are located in the habitable zone of the stars that they orbit.

Space May 31, 2018

NASA Researcher Thinks Pluto Should Be A Planet Again And That Planets Should Be Redefined

Happy day for those out there who think Pluto should be promoted back to planet status. Some scientists at NASA agree. Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006.

Space May 8, 2018

Saturn May Have Helped Create Planet Jupiter's Galilean Moons

Computer simulations showed how Jupiter's largest moons were formed. Researchers found that the gas giant's neighboring planet, Saturn, had a key role in the formation of the Galilean satellites.

Space April 21, 2018

Ancient Volcanoes Caused The Moon To Have An Atmosphere For 70 Million Years: Study

A new study from the Lunar and Planetary Institute suggests the moon once had an atmosphere that lasted for 70 million years. It was apparently caused by gases from volcanic eruptions.

Space October 9, 2017

Mars Had Saturn-Like Rings, One Big Moon: Study

In a new insight on Mar’s moons, a study by Purdue University said Mars had rings in the past, and its two moons were actually the splintered parts of a big moon and that the planet may earn the rings again.

Space March 22, 2017

Uranus May Be Hiding Two New Moons In Its Rings

Two scientists re-examined the recordings Voyager 2 took 30 years ago, and came to the conclusion that Uranus could have two more moons, aside from the 27 ones already discovered. The claim will need further scientific analysis.

Space October 18, 2016

Mars Once Had A Third Moon Accompanying Phobos And Deimos

Phobos and Deimos are the only major natural satellites orbiting Mars today, but computer simulations suggest they were once accompanied by a third, massive companion. What do we know about this ancient Martian moon?

Space July 5, 2016

Nearly Pure Water Ice Coats Pluto Moon Hydra

Is Pluto a comet or a planet? The debate continues, but a new finding shows that its outermost moon, Hydra, is coated with nearly pure water ice.

Space May 9, 2016

Rings Of Saturn (And Moons) May Be Younger Than The Dinosaurs

The rings of Saturn are the most distinctive feature of the planet, but a new study shows they may be significantly younger than expected. How did astronomers determine when these satellites formed?

Space March 25, 2016

Cassini Captures Image Of Saturn's 'Potato' Moon Prometheus From 23,000 Miles

NASA's Cassini has captured another high-resolution image of Saturn's "potato moon" Prometheus at a distance of 23,000 miles. The spacecraft has previously taken high-res photos of the potato moon.

Earth/Environment December 10, 2015

Cassini At Saturn: The Journey So Far And What's Ahead

Cassini still has ways to go before it finishes its mission in 2017 but the spacecraft has made great headway this year alone as it observed Saturn’s moons.

Space August 22, 2015

NASA's New Horizons Records Pluto And Its Moon Charon In Color [Video]

In just a few weeks, New Horizons will be flying its closest to Pluto. For now, NASA has released movies showing the planet and its largest moon, Charon, in color.

Space June 23, 2015

Hubble Data Reveals That Pluto's Moons Orbit In Wild Dance

The moons of Pluto behave strangely as they orbit the icy dwarf. But resesarchers have found a surprising order in this chaos.

Space June 3, 2015

New Horizons Spacecraft Beams Back Images Of Pluto Moons

NASA released images of Pluto’s moons taken by the New Horizons spacecraft, highlighting the first time that all of the planet’s satellites were photographed.

Space May 14, 2015

Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus Is Hot Spot For Searching For Alien Life: Why?

Covered in ice, Enceladus appeared like an unlikely candidate from which life can spring forth. Researchers, however, found hot springs that may be capable of nurturing life on Saturn's moon.

Space March 13, 2015

New Horizons Spacecraft Spies Tiny Pluto's Tinier Pair Of Moons. Hello Nix And Hydra

Astronomers get first good look at two of Pluto's five known moons, courtesy of images from the NASA spacecraft. The dwarf planet's moons Nix and Hydra are both less than 100 miles wide.

Space February 22, 2015

Hubble Catches Three-Moon Photobomb in Jupiter Image

Three of Jupiter's four largest moons make a rare appearance together as they cross in front of the giant planet. Rare occurrence captured in dramatic Hubble Space Telescope images.

Space February 6, 2015

Moonlets found taking birth and dying in Saturn F ring

Saturn is surrounded by a thin, bright ring that may be the site of the constant creation and destruction of mountain-sized moonlets, according to a new study.

Space September 10, 2014

Congratulations, Saturn! It's a moon!

The Cassini Spacecraft has discovered the birth of a new moon around Saturn. What is the future of this tiny, icy world?

Space April 15, 2014

Cassini finds ocean on Saturn's moon Enceladus

An ocean of liquid water detected on Saturn's moon Enceladus may make that body the most likely place to find alien life

Space April 4, 2014

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