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Treat in the Sky
Dec 21, 2020 10:00 AM CST
Remember Monday Night's Treat in the Sky
Jupiter and Saturn will appear nearly as one planet, a celestial rarity
- The 2020 winter solstice has arrived, and along with it a moment that sky watchers have been anticipating for a while. Jupiter and Saturn will be so close in the night sky that they'll be difficult to distinguish as separate planets, per CNN . This so-called Great Conjunction hasn't...
to Occur Monday After Sunset
Dec 20, 2020 1:54 PM CST
Once-in-a-Lifetime Event to Occur Monday After Sunset
A Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter last happened in 1623
- Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky Monday, appearing closer to one another than they have since Galileo’s time in the 17th century, the AP reports. Astronomers say so-called conjunctions between the two largest planets in our solar system aren't particularly rare. Jupiter passes its neighbor...
a Sight Not
in case you missed it
Dec 5, 2020 4:00 PM CST
This Solstice, a Sight Not Seen Since Middle Ages
Jupiter and Saturn will be in close alignment, the closest seen since 1226
- This year's winter solstice comes with a nice bonus for sky watchers: Jupiter and Saturn will be so close they will look like a double planet on Dec. 21, reports Fox Science . In fact, earthlings haven't had a chance to glimpse the pair so close since the Middle...
In the Movement of Saturn's
Biggest Moon, a Shocker
Jun 11, 2020 8:59 AM CDT
In the Movement of Saturn's Biggest Moon, a Shocker
Titan is moving away from the planet 100 times faster than thought
- Saturn's largest moon is moving away from the planet 100 times faster than thought—a finding that helps cement a new theory on how moons migrate. NASA explains why moons move at all: A moon's gravity tugs on the planet it is orbiting, "causing a temporary bulge...
Discoveries Mean Saturn
Leads Jupiter in Moons, 82-79
Oct 7, 2019 6:02 PM CDT
Discoveries Mean Saturn Leads Jupiter in Moons, 82-79
A bigger telescope will have to be invented before more can be spotted
- The solar system has a new winner in the moon department: 20 new moons have been found around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82, scientists said Monday. That beats Jupiter and its 79 moons, the AP reports. "It was fun to find that Saturn is the...
NASA Preps for Visit
to 'Mysterious World'
Feb 1, 2019 5:00 PM CST
NASA Preps for Visit to 'Mysterious World'
Life may well exist below Europa's icy surface
- A puzzling moon. A dark journey. A hunt for extra-terrestrial life. NASA knows it has a sexy mission on its hands with the Europa Clipper: "People care about it, people want to know about this mysterious world that might harbor life," NASA scientist Robert Pappalardo tells Space.com...
Just Got a
Dec 19, 2018 10:30 AM CST
Saturn's Rings Just Got a Death Date
NASA study predicts they'll be gone in 100M years
- NASA's Voyager spacecrafts recorded data suggesting Saturn's rings were disappearing when they whipped past the planet decades ago. Now, confirmation: The rings have likely existed for only a fraction of the planet's 4.5 billion years and will be gone in an astrological flash, reads a new...
Sep 15, 2017 12:05 PM CDT
'Bittersweet' End for Cassini Saturn Probe
'I've never watched a spacecraft die': NASA team member
- Three missions, 20 years in space, 4.9 billion miles traveled, and nearly a half-million photographs taken. Those are just a few of the figures Space.com throws out about the day of what it deems the "bittersweet" demise of the Cassini space probe , which, on its last fumes...
Mission Complete: Cassini
Burns Up Over Saturn
Sep 15, 2017 7:10 AM CDT
Mission Complete: Cassini Burns Up Over Saturn
Spacecraft vaporizes after 20-year journey exploring planet
- Cassini is no more. NASA, and the world, are saying goodbye to the Cassini spacecraft Friday morning after it burned up over Saturn as planned. Cassini plunged through the planet's atmosphere and vaporized like a meteor, ending a remarkable journey of 20 years, per the AP . "Our @CassiniSaturn...
Cassini Gets Kiss Goodbye,
Careens Toward Its Death
Sep 12, 2017 3:49 PM CDT
Cassini Gets Kiss Goodbye, Careens Toward Its Death
Spacecraft will forever become one with the planet on Friday
- After a 20-year voyage, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet. There's no turning back: Friday it careens through the atmosphere and burns up like a meteor in the sky over Saturn. The only spacecraft ever...
Forget Mars: Humans
May Live Here One Day
Jul 13, 2017 10:01 AM CDT
Forget Mars: Humans May Live Here One Day
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has potential to be home to humans
- Move over, Mars: Titan could be the best place for a human colony. As far as extraterrestrial bodies go, Saturn's largest moon is surprisingly like Earth, with a dense atmosphere that could shield delicate earthlings from radiation, reports New Scientist . Titan's candidacy as a settlement isn't new,...
Daring Mission Snaps
Closest Ever Images of Saturn
Apr 27, 2017 12:58 PM CDT
Daring Mission Snaps Closest Ever Images of Saturn
Cassini probe dives between Saturn's rings
- The view of a planet that’s 746 million miles away just got a little clearer, thanks to a historic first by NASA's Cassini probe. The spacecraft completed a dive between Saturn and its rings, capturing data and images of the planet never seen before. The first photos began...
NASA Finds Food Source for
Possible Extraterrestrial Life
Apr 13, 2017 3:04 PM CDT
NASA Finds Food Source for Possible Extraterrestrial Life
The vapor plumes emitted by a moon of Saturn contain molecular hydrogen
- Scientists have found a potential food source for microbes on one of Saturn's tiny moons—and that could dramatically increase the chance of finding life beyond Earth, CBC reports. In a research paper published Thursday in
, NASA reveals its Cassini spacecraft discovered molecular hydrogen in the plumes of...
Cassini Mission to Saturn
Will End in Death, Discovery
Apr 4, 2017 7:25 PM CDT
Cassini Mission to Saturn Will End in Death, Discovery
The spacecraft will soon plunge into Saturn itself
- Two decades after putting Earth in its rear-view mirror, the Cassini spacecraft is preparing to wrap up its mission to Saturn—and that means plunging to its death in the planet's atmosphere, according to a press release . Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, sending back information on the...
Mar 26, 2016 2:53 PM CDT
Study: Saturn's Rings, Moons Are Younger Than Dinosaurs
And that's surprisingly young
- Scientists may have overestimated how old Saturn's rings and moons are—by more than 4 billion years. In fact, the planet's rings and many of its 62 moons likely didn't form until dinosaurs were around to see it happen, Discovery reports. Researchers from the SETI Institute measured...
5 Brightest Planets
Begin Rising Together
Jan 18, 2016 2:30 PM CST
5 Brightest Planets Begin Rising Together
Look for them: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury
- Like stargazing in the pre-dawn hours? Then here you go: The sky's five brightest planets visible from Earth will soon be lined up for the first time in over a decade, the Conversation reports. Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus—which have been up visible together since early January—will...
by Red Arcs on
Jul 30, 2015 4:20 PM CDT
NASA Baffled by Red Arcs on Saturn Moon
New images reveal unusual marks on Tethys
- Scientists are baffled after sighting several large, reddish arcs across the surface of one of Saturn's moons. The markings on Tethys are a few miles wide and several hundred miles long, per NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory . The images were taken by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, and while photos it...
Single Photo Shows
3 Crescent Moons
Jun 24, 2015 1:18 PM CDT
Single Photo Shows 3 Crescent Moons
Image from Cassini orbiter shows Titan, Rhea, and Mimas in all their crescent glory
- It's not often (as in never) that we're able to look up into the night sky and see three crescent moons floating serenely above us. But thanks to a picture from the Cassini orbiter released by NASA, we're able to get a rare look at what three...
Saturn's Outer Ring
Holds More Surprises
Jun 11, 2015 2:29 PM CDT
Saturn's Outer Ring Holds More Surprises
It's way bigger than previously thought, but made up of small particles
- About six years ago, scientists discovered a huge ring around Saturn that also happened to be invisible to the naked eye. Now, they've learned that it's much bigger than they thought, and their theory on how it came to be might change some thinking about planetary rings and...
Top Contender for Life
Outside Earth: a Saturn Moon
Mar 12, 2015 2:42 PM CDT
Top Contender for Life Outside Earth: a Saturn Moon
Enceladus has a warm ocean, hydrothermal activity
- Thanks to the Cassini spacecraft, we already knew that one of Saturn's moons has a big ocean . Now things have gotten more interesting on Enceladus. It turns out that the ocean is not only warm, it seems to have the same kind of hydrothermal activity going on as oceans...
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