Saturn News
December 8, 2019

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Origin and Chemical Makeup of Saturn's Moon Titan's Dunes

Astronomers exposed acetylene ice -- a chemical that is used on Earth in welding torches and exists at Titan's equatorial regions -- at low temperatures to proxies of high-energy galactic cosmic ... read more

Saturn Surpasses Jupiter After the Discovery of 20 New Moons

Move over Jupiter; Saturn is the new moon king. A team has found 20 new moons orbiting Saturn. This brings the ringed planet's total number of moons to 82, surpassing Jupiter, which has ... read more

Lakes on Saturn's Moon Titan Are Explosion Craters, New Models Suggest

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft may help explain why some methane-filled lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are surrounded by steep rims that reach hundreds of feet high. The models suggests that ... read more

'Bathtub Rings' Around Titan's Lakes Might Be Made of Alien Crystals

The frigid lakeshores of Saturn's moon Titan might be encrusted with strange, unearthly minerals, according to new ... read more
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NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises With Titan's Lakes

On its final flyby of Saturn's largest moon in 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere are surprisingly ... read more

Saturn's Rings Coat Tiny Moons

New findings have emerged about five tiny moons nestled in and near Saturn's rings. The closest-ever flybys by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal that the surfaces of these unusual moons are ... read more

New Surprises from Jupiter and Saturn

The latest data from the giant planets has sent researchers back to the drawing board. Cassini orbited Saturn for 13 years before its dramatic final dive into the planet's interior, while Juno ... read more

Shedding Light on Saturn's Moon Titan's Mysterious Atmosphere

A new study tackles one of the greatest mysteries about Titan, one of Saturn's moons: the origin of its thick, nitrogen-rich atmosphere. The study posits that one key to Titan's mysterious ... read more

Waves in Saturn's Rings Give Precise Measurement of Planet's Rotation Rate

Saturn's distinctive rings were observed in unprecedented detail by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and scientists have now used those observations to probe the interior of the giant planet and ... read more

Saturn Hasn't Always Had Rings

In its last days, the Cassini spacecraft looped between Saturn and its rings so that Earth-based radio telescopes could track the gravitational tug of each. Scientists have now used these ... read more

Evidence of Changing Seasons, Rain on Saturn's Moon Titan's North Pole

An image from the international Cassini spacecraft provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons. The rainfall would be the first indication of the ... read more

Saturn Is Losing Its Rings at 'Worst-Case-Scenario' Rate

New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity ... read more

A New Way to Create Saturn's Radiation Belts

Scientists have discovered a new method to explain how radiation belts are formed around the planet ... read more

Odd Bodies, Rapid Spins Keep Cosmic Rings Close

Forget those shepherding moons. Gravity and the odd shapes of asteroid Chariklo and dwarf planet Haumea -- small objects deep in our solar system -- can be credited for forming and maintaining their ... read more

Surprising Chemical Complexity of Saturn's Rings Changing Planet's Upper Atmosphere

A new study based on data from the final orbits last year of NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings of Saturn -- some of the most visually stupendous objects in the universe -- are far more ... read more

Saturn's Famous Hexagon May Tower Above the Clouds

The long-lived international Cassini mission has revealed a surprising feature emerging at Saturn's northern pole as it nears summertime: a warming, high-altitude vortex with a hexagonal shape, ... read more

New Family Photos of Mars and Saturn from Hubble

In summer 2018 the planets Mars and Saturn are, one after the other, in opposition to Earth. During this event the planets are relatively close to Earth, allowing astronomers to observe them in ... read more

Scientists Find Evidence of Complex Organic Molecules from Enceladus

Using mass spectrometry data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists found that large, carbon-rich organic molecules are ejected from cracks in the icy surface of Saturn's moon ... read more

Researchers Build Alien Ocean to Test NASA Outer Space Submarine

Building a submarine gets tricky when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane. Researchers are working to determine how a submarine might work on Titan, ... read more

Saturn's Moon Titan Sports Earth-Like Features

Using the now-complete Cassini data set, astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and ... read more

Giant Storms Cause Palpitations in Saturn's Atmospheric Heartbeat

Immense northern storms on Saturn can disturb atmospheric patterns at the planet's equator, finds the international Cassini ... read more

Electrical and Chemical Coupling Between Saturn and Its Rings

A Langmuir probe, flown to Saturn on the Cassini spacecraft, has made exciting discoveries in the atmosphere of the planet. They discovered that there is a strong coupling, both chemically and ... read more

Frictional Heat Powers Hydrothermal Activity on Enceladus

A computer simulation shows how icy moon heats water in a porous rock core. This study also offers among others an answer to the long-standing question of where the energy that can support water in ... read more

Unexpected Atmospheric Vortex Behavior on Saturn's Moon Titan

Recently reported unexpected behavior on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is due to its unique atmospheric chemistry. Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, is bigger than the planet Mercury, and is ... read more

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