Cassini

Let’s Put a Sailboat on Titan

by Michael Habib April 15, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The large moons orbiting the gas giants in our solar system have been getting increasing attention in recent years. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only natural satellite known to house a thick atmosphere. It’s surface, revealed in part by the […]

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Is Saturn Making a New Moon?

by Jason Major April 14, 2014

Congratulations! It’s a baby… moon? A bright clump spotted orbiting Saturn at the outermost edge of its A ring may be a brand new moon in the process of being born, according to research recently published in the journal Icarus. “We have not seen anything like this before,” said Carl Murray of Queen Mary University […]

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Cassini Sees a “Zen Garden” on Titan

by Jason Major April 8, 2014

Looking like the flowing designs carved by a Zen gardener’s rake, long parallel dunes of hydrocarbon sand stretch across the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. The image above, acquired by Cassini in July 2013, reveals these intriguing and remarkably Earthlike landforms in unprecedented detail via radar, which can easily pierce through Titan’s thick clouds. I’m […]

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Cassini Spacecraft Confirms Subsurface Ocean on Enceladus

by Nancy Atkinson April 3, 2014

Ever since the Cassini spacecraft first spied water vapor and ice spewing from fractures in Enceladus’ frozen surface in 2005, scientists have hypothesized that a large reservoir of water lies beneath that icy surface, possibly fueling the plumes. Now, gravity measurements gathered by Cassini have confirmed that this enticing moon of Saturn does in fact […]

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Surf’s Up on Titan! Cassini May Have Spotted Waves in Titan’s Seas

by Jason Major March 18, 2014

It’s no surprise that Titan’s north polar region is covered with vast lakes and seas of liquid methane — these have been imaged many times by Cassini during its ten years in orbit around Saturn. What is surprising though is just how incredibly smooth the surfaces of these lakes have been found to be. One […]

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