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Tuesday
Oct 28 2014
18:54 UTC

100,000 Ice Blocks Mapped Out at the South Pole of Enceladus

Ever since the Cassini space probe conducted its first flyby of Enceladus in 2005, the strange Saturnian moon has provided us with a treasure trove of images and scientific wonders. These include the jets of icy water vapor periodically bursting from its south pole, the possibility of an interior ocean – which may even harbor […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Oct 27 2014
16:04 UTC

Why Watch ESA Rosetta's Movie Ambition'? Because We Want to Know What is Possible

NASA has taken on space missions that have taken years to reach their destination; they have more than a dozen ongoing missions throughout the Solar System and have been to comets as well. So why pay any attention to the European Space Agency's comet mission Rosetta and their new short film, “Ambition”? ‘Ambition' might accomplish […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Oct 24 2014
18:54 UTC

Weekly Space Hangout — Oct. 24, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Oct. 24, 2014 (12 words) Fraser for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Black Holes, Cassini, China, Fermi Satellite, Hubble, Kepler, MESSENGER, milky way, Moon, Orion, solar eclipse, space plane Feed enhanced by […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Oct 24 2014
02:11 UTC

Saturn's moon Mimas may have an underground ocean — or just a weird core

It wasn't that long ago that Earth was thought to be the only place in the Solar System capable of having liquid water oceans, but now we know of several moons that do as well, including Europa and Enceladus, and likely Titan and Ganymede as well. In all these cases, the oceans are below ground, … Continue Reading →The post Saturn's moon Mimas may have an underground ocean – or just a weird core appeared first on The Meridiani Journal.

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Thursday
Oct 23 2014
15:49 UTC

Unusual Distribution of Organics Found in Titan's Atmosphere

... new mystery of Titan has been uncovered by astronomers using their latest asset in the high altitude desert of Chile. Using the now fully deployed Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile, astronomers moved from observing comets to Titan. A single 3 minute observation revealed organic molecules that are askew in the atmosphere […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Oct 21 2014
20:01 UTC

Poster #2: Cassini / Huygens

Consider backing our Kickstarter project and get this Cassini poster, Voyager or Curiosity (or all three) as large scale screen-printed posters.

Posted by wanderingspace

Monday
Oct 20 2014
20:53 UTC

Water On The Moon Was Blown in by Solar Wind

When they first set foot on the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts painted a picture of the landscape as a bone-dry desert. So astronomers were naturally surprised when in 2009, three probes showed that a lot of water is locked up in minerals in the soil. There has been some debate as to where the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Oct 20 2014
14:00 UTC

Titan's Majestic Mirror-Like Lakes Will Come Under Cassini's Scrutiny This Week

There's a very early-stage NASA concept to take a submarine and dive into a lake of Titan, that moon of Saturn that has chemistry that could prove to be a similar precursor to what eventually formed life on Earth. The moon has weather and a hydrological system and an atmosphere, making it an exciting location […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Oct 20 2014
13:00 UTC

Zap! Saturn Moon's Electron Beam Beaned Cassini Spacecraft From Charged Surface

Ever taken a balloon and rubbed it against your hair? That's an example of electrostatic charging, which you see as the balloon briefly attracts strands of hair against your head. Turns out a similar process is taking place on Saturn's moon Hyperion. More astounding, it wasn't until recently that scientists saw a curious effect on […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Oct 17 2014
13:15 UTC

Death Star' Ocean? Seven Moons That Could Host Huge Hidden Liquid Reservoirs

Could there be an ocean hidden somewhere in that Death Star-like picture? This is an image of Mimas, a moon of Saturn, and just yesterday (Oct. 15) newly released data from the Cassini spacecraft suggests there are big liquid reservoirs underneath its surface. “The amount of the to-and-fro motion indicates that Mimas' interior is not […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 09 2014
00:46 UTC

Giant cloud at Titan's south pole is toxic and freezing cold

Titan is the only moon in the solar system known to have a dense atmosphere, and while similar to Earth's atmosphere in some ways, such as being rich in nitrogen, it also holds surprises for planetary scientists. Analysis of data from Cassini of a huge cloud which hovers over the moon's south pole shows that … Continue Reading →The post Giant cloud at Titan's south pole is toxic and freezing cold appeared first on The Meridiani Journal.

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Tuesday
Oct 07 2014
04:11 UTC

The Polar Hexagon

Another very nice look at the north polar hexagon of Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft. This view is from 973,000 km/605,000 miles from about 33 degrees above the ring plane on 24 July 2013. What causes the hexagon is not … Continue reading →

Posted by Tom's Astronomy Blog

Wednesday
Oct 01 2014
20:32 UTC

It's back! Mystery Island' in Titan sea makes unexpected reappearance

The mystery of an unusual feature in one of Titan's hydrocarbon seas, dubbed the mystery island, has taken an interesting turn. After apparently disappearing following its initial discovery in 2013, it has now reappeared and has changed in appearance and size, as well. The oddity, first seen by the Cassini spacecraft in July 2013, is … Continue Reading →The post It's back! ‘Mystery Island' in Titan sea makes unexpected reappearance appeared first on The Meridiani Journa

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Tuesday
Sep 30 2014
20:49 UTC

Titan's Disappearing Magic Island Reappears in New Images

Earlier this year, we reported on a mysterious ghost object that had suddenly appeared and then disappeared on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Now, new observations by the Cassini team show this elusive feature is back again. (...)Read the rest of Titan's Disappearing “Magic Island” Reappears in New Images (400 words) NancyGraz for Universe Today, […]

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