Saturn

  • Shepherding the Lightweight World
    More spectacular Saturn images from Cassini have arrived, but a two-dimensional view of this ringed world cannot capture its strange composition as the only planet less dense than water.
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  • Spectrum of Stormy Saturn
    Seeing Saturn in different wavelengths gives mission scientists a new and stormy picture of weather on the gas giant. While the view in ultraviolet highlights the stratosphere, the view in infrared shows swirling patterns from rotating cloud bands.
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    To add to its system of 31 moons, Saturn may have many smaller moons only visible with the sharp vision of the Cassini spacecraft. Two candidate moons have been identified that are likely captured comets.
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  • Saturn’s Moon Titan: Prebiotic Laboratory
    Jonathan Lunine, professor of planetary science and physics at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona, has a longtime fascination with Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
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  • Saturn’s Moon Titan: Planet Wannabe
    Jonathan Lunine, professor of planetary science and physics at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona, has long been fascinated by Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
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  • Lightning Bolts from Saturn
    In orbit around Saturn for more than a month now, the Cassini spacecraft has been sending back mountains of scientific data. It's now detected flashes of lightning and a new radiation belt. The spacecraft's radio and plasma wave science instrument is detecting the lighting, which
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  • Saturn’s Southern Bullseye
    Saturn is not only a ringed world, but also a banded one. When the Cassini probe looked at the south pole, Saturn's circulating stripes showed remnants of differential rotation rates in the upper atmosphere. Saturn is unique with its magnetic pole centered on the geographic
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  • Crescent Fluorescent Titan
    During the July 2, 2004 flyby of Titan, Cassini was able to look at this largest of Saturn's moon using different filters to give a view of the dividing lines between night and day, atmosphere and surface.
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  • Saturnian Shadow Looms Across Rings
    Cassini turned to look back at where it has been, when its cameras snapped a picture of the setting sun across Saturn's spectacular rings.
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  • Titanic Purple Haze
    Cassini's camera captured a good view of the upper and lower atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan. The moon has a thicker atmosphere than Earth's.
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  • Tiny Moon is No Space Station
    Cassini's tour of Saturn's remarkable system of 31 moons has taken the probe past one of the ringed planet's natural wonders: Mimas. The 250 mile wide satellite suffered a catastrophic impact that opened a wound one third of its diameter and nearly split the moon
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  • Ringscape in Natural Colors
    The Saturnian ring system is visible in natural colors using an amateur telescope, but to see it up close as one would riding on the Cassini spacecraft reveals a world of icy-white and what one can only refer to as 'earthtones'.
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  • Iapetus as Sybill Moon
    A first glance at Iapetus, one of Saturn's most unusual moons, reveals what seems to be a half-moon. But in this case, the dark and light boundary is not defined by shadows but instead is real: half the moon is made of deep black material
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  • Saturn’s Line of Sight
    After a weeklong transit when the Sun blocked much transmission from Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft has sent back closeup views of the south pole and four of the moons in bright sunlight.
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  • Saturn’s Rings in Ultraviolet
    Short-wavelength images of Saturn's rings are sensitive to ice content and show that the outer rings are higher in water-ice than inner ones. According to Colorado researchers, these spectra give clues to the ring's origins. The Cassini images in UV are ten times better than
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