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Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
23:29 UTC

Titan's hidden ocean might be as salty as the Dead Sea

Saturn's moon Titan is known for its methane seas, lakes, and rivers; surprisingly Earth-like in appearance yet distinctly alien at the same time. But there is also evidence for another ocean, this one of water, below the surface. Little is known about this hidden watery world, but now new results suggest it is likely very … Continue Reading →The post Titan's hidden ocean might be as salty as the Dead Sea appeared first on The Meridiani Journal.

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Tuesday
Jul 08 2014
10:35 UTC

Saturn Weather

Here is the latest from the Cassini spacecraft. click the image above for a larger version to see a surprising amount of detail in the planet's atmosphere. Here's the caption from JPL: The Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at … Continue reading →

Posted by Tom's Astronomy Blog

Monday
Jul 07 2014
16:12 UTC

Sketches of Saturn: Ringed Planet Dances In Raw Cassini Images

We space people are very lucky to get glimpses of Saturn (and other planets!) regularly through the raw images feature on a few spacecraft websites. This allows anyone to get a hold of the pictures as they come back from afar, allowing you to view them or alter them to try and see what they're […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 03 2014
01:35 UTC

Cassini at Saturn: 10 years of amazing planetary science and more to come

The Cassini mission to Saturn has been one of the most successful and exciting in all of space exploration history. That amazing spacecraft is now celebrating its 10th anniversary today orbiting the ringed planet, after having revolutionized our understanding of the Saturnian system, which is like another entire smaller-scale solar system. But there is still … Continue Reading →The post Cassini at Saturn: 10 years of amazing planetary science and more to come appeared first on The Me

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Monday
Jun 30 2014
20:32 UTC

Cassini Marks Ten Discovery-Filled Years at Saturn

Just a week after Curiosity celebrated its first Martian year in Gale Crater and we have yet another milestone anniversary in┬Solar System exploration: as of 10:48 p. m. EDT tonight┬Cassini will have┬been in orbit around Saturn for a full decade! “There are times when human language is inadequate, when emotions choke the mind, when the magnitude […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Monday
Jun 30 2014
17:28 UTC

Saturn's Sailor: 20 Cassini Pictures Marking A Decade At The Ringed Planet

We're spoiled, don't you know? It was 10 years ago today that the Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's system, and it has been busily beaming back pictures of the ringed planet and its (many) moons ever since. We've learned more about seasons on Titan, investigated plumes on Enceladus, and examined phenomena such as auroras on Saturn. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jun 27 2014
03:01 UTC

What is this Magic Island' that appeared on Titan?

Titan is a complex┬world, reminiscent of our own planet in many ways, with mountains, seas, lakes, rivers and rain. Albeit the liquid on this super-cold moon is methane/ethane instead of water, but the visual similarities are striking. Just how geologically active Titan might be in other ways however isn't really known yet, but a new … Continue Reading →The post What is this ‘Magic Island' that appeared on Titan? appeared first on The Meridiani Journal.

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Tuesday
Jun 24 2014
18:48 UTC

Titan May be Older than Saturn, a New Study Suggests

It's well accepted that moons form after planets. In fact, only a few months ago, astronomers spotted a new moon forming deep within Saturn's rings, 4. 5 billion years after the planet initially formed. But new research suggests Saturn's icy moon Titan famous for its rivers and lakes of liquid methane may have formed […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jun 24 2014
02:15 UTC

Ghost' Object Appears, Disappears on Titan

Astronomers with the Cassini mission have detected a bright, mysterious geologic object on Saturn's moon Titan that suddenly showed up in images from the mission's radar instrument. The object appeared in Ligeia Mare, the second-largest sea Titan. The feature looks like an island and so the team named it Magic Island. However, it most likely […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Jun 22 2014
17:00 UTC

Waves Discovered on Saturn’s Moon Titan?

Surf's up on one of Saturn's moons, report astronomers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Tuesday
Jun 17 2014
14:05 UTC

Pale White Dot: Saturn's Moon Atlas Shines Between Gas Giant's Rings

See that small pixel? That's an entire moon you're looking at! Peeking between the rings of Saturn is the tiny saucer-shaped moon Atlas, as viewed from the Cassini spacecraft. The image is pretty, but there's also a scientific reason to watch the planet's many moons while moving around the rings. (...)Read the rest of Pale […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jun 17 2014
10:52 UTC

Atlas

Nice! The Saturn moon Atlas, not one we often get to see. Atlas was discovered in 1980 thanks to the Voyager spacecraft and JPL employee Richard Terrile. As moons go Atlas is tiny being only around 30 km (18 miles) … Continue reading →

Posted by Tom's Astronomy Blog

Monday
Jun 16 2014
15:25 UTC

New Recipe For Saturn's Orangey Moon Titan Is Aromatic' And Hazy

What's in all that browny orangey stuff in the atmosphere around Titan? It's a question that scientists have been trying to answer concerning Saturn's moon for decades (Carl Sagan was among them). That's because it's hard to reverse-engineer the recipe. There are hundreds of thousands of hydrocarbons (hydrogen and carbon molecules) that could form the […]

Posted by Universe Today

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