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Monday, December 11, 2023
Lots of strange things about Saturn can be explained by a destroyed moon

Lots of strange things about Saturn can be explained by a...

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Saturn is an unusual planet in some obvious ways, most notably its extensive ring system. But it's also strange in some less obvious ways: The rings appear to be far, far younger than the planet, and they stay stably in the plane of Saturn's orbit while the planet's axis of rotation wobbles around dramatically. A…
Watch Saturn, Mars, And Jupiter All Meet In March 31, 2020’s Pre-Sunrise Skies

Watch Saturn, Mars, And Jupiter All Meet In March 31, 2020’s...

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On August 27/28, 2014, Mars and Saturn had a close conjunction in the night sky, visible at the... [+] lower right. The March 31, 2020 conjunction will be the closest these two planets have been since their conjunction of July 11, 2008. (Alan Dyer/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Getty For the past few…
New map reveals the weird surface of Titan

New map reveals the weird surface of Titan

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Enlarge / The map, as viewed from the poles. (Color key shown below.) Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the most wonderfully weird worlds in our Solar System. In the way that Earth has a water cycle of rain and evaporation, frigid Titan has a methane cycle and lakes of the liquid stuff. Unfortunately, its…
Saturn topped as new ‘king of moons’ within the photo voltaic system

Saturn topped as new ‘king of moons’ within the photo voltaic...

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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observed Saturn on June 6, 2018. NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team, and J. DePasquale (STScI) If planets were competitive, Saturn would be taking a fist-pumping victory lap right now.  A team of scientists led by Carnegie Institution for Science astronomer Scott S. Sheppard has found 20 new…
Saturn rings shine brilliant in stunning brand-new NASA Hubble picture

Saturn rings shine brilliant in stunning brand-new NASA Hubble picture

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Hubble observed Saturn on June 20, 2019 and gave us this lovely new portrait. NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) Saturn is the chic fashionista supermodel of the solar system. It wears its rings like it's strutting down the runway of the cosmos. It's a beautiful…
Our Guide to Saturn Opposition Season 2019

Our Guide to Saturn Opposition Season 2019

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Saturn opposition season never disappoints. Slowly, one by one, the planets are returning to the dusk sky. In June, we had Jupiter reach opposition on June 10th. Now, although Mercury and Mars are fleeing the evening scene low to the west at dusk and Venus lingers low in the dawn, magnificent Saturn reaches opposition tonight…
Sensational Image Demonstrates how Saturn’s Tiny Moon Shapes the World’s Rings

Sensational Image Demonstrates how Saturn’s Tiny Moon Shapes the World’s Rings

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The Cassini mission to Saturn ended a year and a half ago, but scientific results are still coming from all of the data it collected. When Cassini moved in closer to Saturn in its final months, it took a very detailed look at the gas giant’s rings, travelling between them and the planet itself. That…
Mimas Presses Through Saturn’s Rings Like a Snowplow

Mimas Presses Through Saturn’s Rings Like a Snowplow

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Saturn’s moon Mimas is the smallest of the gas giant’s major moons. (Saturn has 62 moons, but some of them are tiny moonlets less than 1 km in diameter.) Two new studies show how Mimas acted as a kind of snow-plow, widening the Cassini division between Saturn’s rings. Saturn’s iconic rings set it apart from…
Starquakes Rock Alien Sun, Revealing Particulars of a ‘Hot Saturn’

Starquakes Rock Alien Sun, Revealing Particulars of a ‘Hot Saturn’

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An illustration shows the gas giant orbiting close to a star will starquakes similar to those found in our own sun. Credit: Gabriel Perez Diaz, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias A NASA space observatory called TESS has, for the first time, detected a planet orbiting a star with visible starquakes. That's a big deal, both…
Precisely When And How You Can See Super-Bright World Venus ‘Kiss’ Saturn Early On Monday Early Morning

Precisely When And How You Can See Super-Bright World Venus ‘Kiss’...

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A planetary conjunction over Brighton Pier in West Sussex, England just before sunrise.Getty Have you ever seen two planets pass so close together in the night sky that they appear to be next to one another?  You will get a chance on Monday morning when bright planet Venus and giant planet Saturn get just 1.1° from each other. …

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