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Posts in the past four weeks

Friday
Jun 26 2015
05:05 UTC

Triple Crescents

his beautiful image from the Cassini spacecraft showing three of Saturn's moons as crescents is too good to pass up. The largest moon in the image is Titan (also Saturn's largest moon), notice how the crescent seems to wrap much around the moon more than the other two. Titan has an atmosphere that refracts light […]

Posted by Tom's Astronomy Blog

Wednesday
Jun 24 2015
23:33 UTC

Sinkholes on Titan: new study shows how hydrocarbon lakes may form by Earth-like erosion

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has seas and lakes of liquid methane and ethane dotting its surface, but one question scientists have been trying to figure out is how the hollows in the ground, which hold the lakes, form to begin with. Now, a new study offers a solution: The depressions in the surface are formed... The post Sinkholes on Titan: new study shows how hydrocarbon lakes may form by Earth-like erosion appeared first on .

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Monday
Jun 22 2015
05:05 UTC

Saturn and Dione

... Cassini image of Saturn with moons Dione in the foreground and Enceladus just above the rings seen to the right hand side. The iamge was taken in visible light with Cassini's wide angle camera from a distance of 77,000 km / 44,000 miles to Dione. Click the image for a larger version. One of […]

Posted by Tom's Astronomy Blog

Tuesday
Jun 16 2015
05:05 UTC

Tethys and Saturn

... nice image from the Cassini spacecraft of the moon Tethys and Saturn. The configuration shows two large craters on Tethys facing Saturn in sharp relief. The larger crater is the southern crater with a central peak indicating a violent impact. The northern crater does not seem to have a central peak so the impact […]

Posted by Tom's Astronomy Blog

Monday
Jun 15 2015
00:47 UTC

Saturn's massive Phoebe ring even larger than previously thought

Saturn is truly the Lord of the Rings and one of the most majestic places in the Solar System. Its massive ring system is well-known, but in 2009 another previously unknown ring was discovered, much larger than the others but fainter, being composed of dark grains of dust thought to originate from the moon Phoebe.... The post Saturn's massive Phoebe ring even larger than previously thought appeared first on .

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Friday
Jun 12 2015
14:40 UTC

UK Amateur Recreates the Great Red Spot's Glory Days

Maybe it's too soon for a pity party, but the profound changes in the size and prominence of Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) in the past 100 years┬has me worried. After Saturn's rings, Jupiter's big bloody eye is one of astronomy's most iconic sights. This titanic hurricane-like storm has charmed earthlings since Giovanni Cassini first […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jun 09 2015
05:05 UTC

Crater Odysseus

We can see by this Cassini image of the Saturn moon Tethys is is covered in craters and then there is the crater called Odysseus seen on here on the right hand side on the moon. Odysseus is colossal in scale. The moon Tethys is 1,062 km / 660 miles in diameter and the crater […]

Posted by Tom's Astronomy Blog

Tuesday
Jun 02 2015
05:05 UTC

Hyperion

The Cassini spacecraft just completed a flyby of one of my favorite moons Hyperion. Here's a couple of images from the flyby of 31 May 2015. Click the one above to get the next and closer version. These are raw images so they were not processed by JPL, I however did tweak them a little […]

Posted by Tom's Astronomy Blog

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