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A view of Saturn that would have been impossible from Earth

A view of Saturn that would have been impossible from Earth

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / NASA/JPL/SSI; Composition: Gordan Ugarkovic] This image of Saturn could not have been taken from Earth. No Earth based picture could possibly view the night side of Saturn and the corresponding shadow cast across Saturn’s rings. Since Earth is much closer to the Sun than Saturn, only the day […]

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When home is far away

When home is far away

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] / Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA & NASA/JHU Applied Physics Lab/Carnegie Inst. Washington In a cross-Solar System interplanetary first, our Earth was photographed during the same day from both Mercury and Saturn. Pictured on the left, Earth is the pale blue dot just below the rings of […]

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Thunder and lightning on Saturn?

Thunder and lightning on Saturn?

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLTUION] / Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA It was one of the largest and longest lived storms ever recorded in our Solar System. First seen in late 2010, the above cloud formation in the northern hemisphere of Saturn started larger than the Earth and soon spread completely around […]

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Missing each other by a mere billion miles

Missing each other by a mere billion miles

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] Credit: Jens Hackmann Just days after sharing the western evening sky with Venus in 2007, the Moon moved on to Saturn – actually passing in front of the ringed planet Saturn when viewed in skies over Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Because the Moon and bright planets wander […]

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Cassini’s rings-side view of Saturn’s moons

Cassini’s rings-side view of Saturn’s moons

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Orbiting in the plane of Saturn’s rings, Saturnian moons have a perpetual ringside view of the gas giant planet. Of course, while passing near the ring plane the Cassini spacecraft also shares their stunning perspective. The thin rings themselves slice across […]

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8 years after entering Saturn’s orbit, Cassini captures season changes

8 years after entering Saturn’s orbit, Cassini captures season changes

PASADENA, Calif. — Posing for portraits for NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, show spectacular colors in a quartet of images being released today. One image captures the changing hues of Saturn’s northern and southern hemispheres as they pass from one season to the next. A wide-angle view in today’s package captures […]

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Cassini’s amazing image of a quintet of Saturn’s moons

Cassini’s amazing image of a quintet of Saturn’s moons

[SEE HIGH RES IMAGE] A quintet of Saturn’s moons come together in the Cassini spacecraft’s field of view for this portrait. Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across) is on the far left. Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 miles across) orbits between the A ring and the thin F ring near the middle of the […]

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A remarkable view of Saturn, courtesy of Cassini

A remarkable view of Saturn, courtesy of Cassini

Humanity’s robot orbiting Saturn has recorded yet another amazing view. That robot, of course, is the spacecraft Cassini, while the new amazing view includes a bright moon, thin rings, oddly broken clouds, and warped shadows. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, appears above as a featureless tan as it is continually shrouded in thick clouds. The rings […]

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Cassini offers glimpse of Saturn’s Dione, rings and 2 small moons

Cassini offers glimpse of Saturn’s Dione, rings and 2 small moons

When making its closest pass yet of Saturn’s moon Dione late last year, the robotic Cassini spacecraft snapped this far-ranging picture featuring Dione, Saturn’s rings, and the two small moons Epimetheus and Prometheus. The above image captures part of the heavily cratered snow-white surface of the 1,100 kilometer wide Dione, the thinness of Saturn’s rings, […]

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Saturn moon has ice volcano — and maybe life?

Saturn moon has ice volcano — and maybe life?

Topographic computer model of Sotra Facula, an apparent ice volcano on Saturn’s moon Titan. Not unlike the volcanoes of Hawaii, the supposed ice volcano, known as Sotra Facula, rises 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) above the surrounding plain in a large, gently shaped dome, according to the mountain’s discoverer, geophysicist Randolph Kirk. The feature had previously […]