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Bumper Car Moonlets Crash and Crumble in Saturn’s F Ring

by Bob King September 9, 2014

Nothing stands still. Everything evolves. So why shouldn’t Saturn’s kookie, clumpy F ring put on a new face from time to time? 

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Scientists Discover 101 Geysers Erupting at Saturn’s Intriguing Icy Moon Enceladus

by Ken Kremer July 29, 2014

Scientists analyzing the reams of data from NASA’s Cassini orbiter at Saturn have discovered 101 geysers erupting from the intriguing icy moon Enceladus and that the spewing material of liquid water likely originates from an underground sea located beneath the tiny moons ice shell, according to newly published research. The geysers are composed of tiny […]

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Titan’s Atmosphere May be Older than Saturn, a New Study Suggests

by Shannon Hall June 24, 2014

It’s well accepted that moons form after planets. In fact, only a few months ago, astronomers spotted a new moon forming deep within Saturn’s rings, 4.5 billion years after the planet initially formed. But new research suggests Saturn’s icy moon Titan — famous for its rivers and lakes of liquid methane — may have formed […]

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‘Ghost’ Object Appears, Disappears on Titan

by Nancy Atkinson June 23, 2014

Astronomers with the Cassini mission have detected a bright, mysterious geologic object on Saturn’s moon Titan that suddenly showed up in images from the mission’s radar instrument. The object appeared in Ligeia Mare, the second-largest sea Titan. The feature looks like an island and so the team named it “Magic Island.” However, it most likely […]

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Saturn Aurora Sparkles In New Hubble Images

by Elizabeth Howell May 19, 2014

It’s amazing to see what some flashes of light can tell us. New images the Hubble Space Telescope took of Saturn not only reveal auroras dancing in the north pole, but also reveal some interesting things about the giant planet’s magnetic field. “It appears that when particles from the Sun hit Saturn, the magnetotail collapses […]

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