Tiny Daphnis Sends Ripples Through Saturn’s Rings In New Closeup Photo

Come on now. That’s just a mind-blowing photo. We’re looking at Saturn’s moon, Daphnis, taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as it made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn’s rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the moon ever! The little guy is just 5 miles (8 km)…
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Start Your Day With Mercury

These late sunrises make for fun surprises. The other morning I got up around 6:30 to look for the planet Mercury, now making a pleasing appearance in the southeastern sky at dawn. After a short drive to a location with a wide open horizon facing that direction, I watched the little planet climb above a…
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Three Dawn Planets On A String

My fingertips are still tender after today’s happy morning. I drove out to the country in hopes of seeing three comets — V2 Johnson, ER61 PANSTARRS and U1 NEOWISE — before dawn. I tracked them all down from an icy road in the –24°F shivery silence, my fingers curled around hand warmer packets inside lined gloves. My hunt…
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‘White Stork’ Chases The Space Station

If you live in mid-northern latitudes, which includes much of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, this has been a great month for spying the International Space Station (ISS) at dusk. If you live in the southern hemisphere, the station has been zipping by at dawn. Those passes continue this week with a new wrinkle.…
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New Cassini Views Of Saturn Will Get You High

Simply magnificent! NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped this lovely view of Saturn’s polar atmosphere just days after beginning the latest phase of its mission. The new images show Saturn’s northern hemisphere from on high and highlight numerous cyclone-like storms including the planet’s intriguing hexagon-shaped jet stream, part of which slices through the photo above. Cassini began its…
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