Tag: Saturn

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

Saturn Moon Titan Features Unexpected Belt Of Ice

Using a nonconventional method of analyzing spectral images, scientists uncovered a large swathe of icy bedrock on Saturn's moon, Titan. This discovery will help further study Titan’s surface and hazy atmosphere.

Space April 30, 2019

'Deep Learning' Technique Maps Out Saturn's Turbulent Storms

Scientists use the new 'deep learning' algorithm PlanetNet to analyze the turbulent storms in Saturn. This new technique can usher in a deeper, more thorough understanding of planetary atmospheres.

Space April 29, 2019

Astrophotographer Grant Petersen Used His Smartphone To Capture Image Of Saturn 'Touching' The Moon

A photographer was able to capture stunning images of the Saturn-moon conjunction with the use of his smartphone. The planet Saturn can be seen 'touching' the moon in the images.

Space April 27, 2019

Saturn’s Moon Titan Has Eerie Lakes On Its Surface Just Like Earth

However, Titan's 300-foot lakes are filled not with water, but liquid methane. The Cassini mission reveals more about the only other place in the solar system with liquid on the surface.

Space April 15, 2019

New TESS Mission Data Shows Evidence Of Large Saturn-Sized Exoplanet

Astronomers identified one of the first exoplanets that TESS, NASA's Kepler replacement, have discovered since its launch last year. The new exoplanet was described as a "hot Saturn" that is about 5 billion years old.

Space March 30, 2019

Cassini Spacecraft Spots Tiny 'Ring Moons' On Saturn

During its final days, NASA's Cassini made several close flybys of Saturn's tiny ring moons. In a new study, scientists found that the moons are made up of the same materials as the planet's rings and icy particles from Enceladus.

Space March 30, 2019

Research Team Wants To Send Drone To Saturnian Moon Titan

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to send a probe to Titan by 2025. The Dragonfly mission will provide scientists with a unique opportunity to study prebiotics chemistry as well as examine the Saturnian moon's potential habitability.

Space January 21, 2019

Dinosaur Age Collision May Have Formed Saturn's Rings

Data gathered by the Cassini mission before it plunged into Saturn's atmosphere shed light on the age of the gas giant's rings. Researchers said these likely formed around the age of the dinosaurs.

Space January 18, 2019

Scientists Study Possible Rainfall On Saturnian Moon Titan

The summer season has officially started in the northern hemisphere of Titan. Scientists finally spotted the first evidence of methane rainfall along the north pole of the Saturnian moon.

Space January 17, 2019

Ringless Saturn Could Happen A Lot Sooner Than Expected, Scientists Say

NASA researchers recently said that Saturn's rings may disappear earlier than previously thought. This was after the Cassini mission revealed that the unique features may only live up to 100 million years.

Space December 18, 2018

Fallen Cassini's Data Still Showering Scientists With Stunning Findings About Saturnian Rings

Scientists have released 11 new papers that present the analysis of the final data sent by Cassini. Before it self-destructed, the spacecraft gave scientists one last rare look at the gas giant and its rings.

Space October 6, 2018

Hubble Takes A Peek At Stunning Aurora Lightshow On Saturn

The Hubble Space Telescope had captured the most comprehensive look at the auroras in Saturn. Because of the gas giant's atmosphere, the light shows can only be viewed using Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph.

Space September 2, 2018

Saturn Sings An Eerie Cosmic Tune To Enceladus: Here’s How To Listen To It

Scientists found that Saturn sends plasma waves similar to Earth’s auroras to Enceladus. They converted these waves into a sound that Earthlings can now listen to.

Space July 11, 2018

Researchers Find Origin Of Organic Sand On Saturn’s Largest Moon

The bizarre organic sands on Saturn’s icy moon Titan could have been formed right where they are, new research suggests. The Cassini mission discovered the long stretches of sand on the moon’s equator more than a decade ago.

Space June 29, 2018

Ocean World On Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Could Host Life With Newly Discovered Complex Organic Molecules

Heavier organic molecules with more sophisticated compositions were discovered for the first time on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The discovery suggested that the moon can be the most promising host to other life forms beyond Earth.

Space June 28, 2018

Saturn’s Magnetic Poles Have Auroras That Show Up At High Noon

Scientists found Saturn’s poles displays noontime auroras. The ringed planet’s fast spin rate could cause differences in the way Saturn’s magnetic fields interact with electrically charged particles, creating spectacular light shows during the day.

Space June 6, 2018

Computer Simulations Reveal That Saturn's Inner Moons Got Their Odd Shapes From Collisions And Mergers

Scientists have long wondered why Saturn's inner moons are oddly shaped. A new study reveals that the moons' shapes are due to collisions and mergers.

Space May 22, 2018

Exiled Asteroid May Have Been Kicked Out Into Kuiper Belt By Young Gas Giants

Gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter may have thrown out the carbon-rich asteroid 2004 EW95 into the Kuiper Belt, beyond Neptune during the early stages of the Solar System’s formation. How did this happen?

Space May 11, 2018

Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, And More To Appear During The Spring And Summer Evening Skies

Certain planets and stars will become more visible to the eye during the spring and summer evening hours. Planets such as Venus, Saturn, and Mars will be seen during the late evening hours.

Space May 4, 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

A Must See Sky Show: Saturn, Mars, And Jupiter To Align This Week

A rare astronomical event is happening this week. Bright planets Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will align before sunrise, while the moon will pass by them.

Space March 6, 2018

Alien Life Possibly Producing Methane In Saturn Moon Enceladus

A microbe that thrives in harsh environments on Earth can grow well in conditions similar to the hydrothermal vents on Enceladus' seafloor. They even produced methane, raising possibility that methane detected by Cassini has biological origins.

Space February 28, 2018

NASA May Send Submarine To Explore Saturn's Moon Titan

The US space agency is planning to send a submarine to Titan, which is Saturn's largest moon. The submarine is going to explore the satellite's vast liquid ocean.

Space February 14, 2018

Saturn Moon Enceladus Has Warm Ocean Old Enough To Have Evolved Life

Is there alien life on Enceladus? A new study suggests its vast sub-ocean may have a heat source enough to sustain it for billions of years: a long time for possible life-forms to thrive.

Space November 7, 2017

Goodbye, Cassini: NASA Spacecraft To End 20-Year Voyage By Crashing Into Saturn

NASA's Cassini is now on course to crash into Saturn on Sept. 15. The end of the 20-year mission of the spacecraft, which has explored Saturn for the past five months, has resulted in overflowing expressions of grief.

Space September 13, 2017

Saturn Moon Titan Has Molecules That Can Help Form Cell Membranes

Scientists from NASA detected acrylonitrile on the atmosphere of Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan. The new discovery may help researchers understand chemical reactions that have made Earth habitable.

Space July 29, 2017

Saturn's Rings Won't Look Like This For 15 Years: Here's How To See Them

Tonight, Saturn will be at its most bright and visible point in the night's sky, but that's not the only reason to break out the telescopes. Saturn's rings will be striking a pose that won't be seen again for 15 years.

Space June 15, 2017

Listen To The Sound From 'The Big Empty' Between Saturn And Its Rings

The April 26 dive of NASA Cassini spacecraft in the gap between Saturn and its rings came across few particles and gave freaky sounds indicating empty space and an eerie silence.

Space May 3, 2017

NASA's Cassini Ends Date With Saturn: Here Are Some Of The Best Images Snapped By This Spacecraft

Cassini spacecraft, now in the final phase of its mission, has made a successful dive between Saturn and its rings. It is now gearing up for the final plunge into the planet's surface in September.

Space April 30, 2017

Cassini Sends Back To Earth First Images From Its Saturn Ring Dive

Cassini’s first dive between Saturn and its inner rings proved to be successful. Along with its successful dive comes new and closer-than-ever images of Saturn’s atmosphere.

Space April 27, 2017

Cassini Spacecraft Beams Back Data After First Of Last 22 Orbits Around Saturn And Fatal Plunge

The Cassini spacecraft is alive and transmitting data. It successfully completed its first of 22 planned passes through the gap between Saturn and its massive ring system on April 26, before its anticipated fatal plunge in September.

Space April 27, 2017

Cassini Spacecraft Flies By Saturn Moon Titan For The Last Time

Cassini spacecraft has made its prelude to the Grand Finale with its last flyby of Titan. The probe's last encounter with the moon changed its orbit so it will pass through the gap between Saturn and its rings.

Space April 25, 2017

Bubbles Form 'Magic Islands' On Saturn Moon Titan

Disappearing 'magic islands' on Titan's sea may be streams of nitrogen bubbles that appear and disappear at random, a new study suggests. The strange phenomenon is caused by several factors.

Space April 18, 2017

Saturn Moon Enceladus Has Life-Supporting ‘Chemical Energy’: What Does This Mean In The Pursuit Of Earth-Like Life?

NASA has revealed that Saturn’s moon Enceladus, with its frozen ocean and liquid water, might be harboring life. According to Cassini spacecraft data, the presence of hydrogen in the plumes from the icy surface of the moon bolsters this conclusion.

Space April 15, 2017

This Week, NASA Announces Fresh Discovery On Ocean Worlds In Our Solar System

NASA is holding a major press briefing this week to reveal its newest results on ocean worlds in the solar system. The mysterious event is expected to reveal information that could affect the search for life beyond Earth.

Space April 12, 2017

Goodbye, Cassini: Here’s Why NASA Decided To Kill The Saturn Probe

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will begin it's last journey on April 22 with an encounter with Titan. Then it will be slingshot into Saturn’s atmosphere and will meet its demise in September as it burns up in the atmosphere, ending the mission.

Space April 7, 2017

Saturn Moon Titan Could Have Electric Sand

Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons, is one strange, sticky world, thanks to its electrically charged sand dunes. It is, in fact, one of the weirdest things there is in space.

Space March 29, 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

Saturn's Moon Enceladus 'Tiger Stripes' Show Its Giant Ocean May Hold Alien Life

A new study has found that the southern polar region of Saturn’s ice-covered moon Enceladus is much warmer than expected. The study also states that the subsurface ocean may be closer to the surface than earlier thought to be.

Space March 17, 2017

NASA's Cassini Captures Odd Shape Of Saturn Moon Pan As It Gears For Final Plunge Into Ringed Planet's Atmosphere

Cassini spacecraft captured an image of a ravioli-like Saturn moon Pan as it prepares for the Grand Finale of its mission. The final phase could settle questions about the planet and its rings.

Space March 12, 2017

Saturn's Tiny Moon Pan Looks Like A UFO, A Ravioli, An Empanada - But It's Not Weird At All In Space

The internet is in love with the latest image of Saturn's moon Pan, with people tagging it as the ravioli moon, UFO moon, and more. However, Pan is not weird at all, and here's why.

Space March 11, 2017

LOOK: NASA Reveals Closest Ever Photos Of Saturn Moon Pan, Twitter Says It Looks Like Ravioli

A space ravioli? NASA has released the latest unedited photographs of Pan, one of Saturn’s many moons, which were taken by the Cassini spacecraft during a close flyby.

Space March 10, 2017

Ringed Planet In HD: New Images From NASA Cassini Space Showcase Saturn Rings In Incredible Detail

NASA's Cassini probe has sent dazzling up-close images of the planet's icy rings with new details. The images have neatly captured the ring's exterior with prominence to features such as straw and propellers, which were less conspicuous in other images.

Space February 1, 2017

NASA Developing AI To Explore Extraterrestrial Water Worlds

NASA is reportedly working on an AI pertaining to the autonomous navigation of underwater drones. The ongoing project is aimed at exploring the subsurface oceans of Europa, Jupiter’s moon.

Space January 25, 2017

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