“Ring Rain” Pelted Cassini Spacecraft During Its Final Orbits

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft flamed out in Saturn’s atmosphere a year ago, but the data it collected during its final orbits led to an amazing discovery — ring rain! As the probe dove between the rings and upper atmosphere, it was bathed in a downpour of dust. Hsiang-Wen Hsu (Colorado University-Boulder) and colleagues report that they…
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Watch Saturn’s Auroras Flash And Dance In New Hubble Photos

Auroras aren’t unique to Earth. They occur on every planet except Mercury. Venus and Mars have minor, patchy auroras compared to Earth’s, but Jupiter’s and Saturn’s displays are massive befitting their physical size and enormous magnetic fields. In 2017, over a period of seven months, scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to take photos of Saturn’s north…
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Hubble Gives Us Saturn

Enjoy this photo of Saturn from one of the finest instruments on the planet. Or off the planet. The Hubble Space Telescope orbits 335 miles (540 km) above the Earth’s surface and completes one revolution in about 97 minutes. The color and detail in the photo are stunning. Be sure to click on the image…
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Spectacular New Views Of Titan, Neptune, Ryugu And Jupiter

Titan July’s been busy with fresh takes on familiar faces. NASA recently released some of the clearest, most detailed views of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. With a diameter of 3,200 miles (5,150 km), Titan is the solar system’s second largest moon after Jupiter’s Ganymede and the only one with a dense atmosphere. NASA employed the…
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Saturn And The Strawberry Moon Have A Double Opposition

Skywatchers always look forward to oppositions. That’s when an outer planet lines up on the same side of the sun as the Earth, and the two are closest together for the year. For Saturn that day is Wednesday, June 27. The ringed planet will rise about sunset and shine all night long. Dropping by to…
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