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

by Shannon Hall June 24, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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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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Weekly Space Hangout – May 2, 2014: Gas Clouds & Photobombs

by Fraser Cain May 2, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter), Nancy Atkinson (@Nancy_A) Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Cassini’s View of Another Pale Blue Dot

by Jason Major May 1, 2014

When you hear the words “pale blue dot” you’re probably reminded of the famous quote by Carl Sagan inspired by an image of Earth as a soberingly tiny speck, as imaged by Voyager 1 on Feb. 14, 1990 from beyond the orbit of Pluto. But there’s another pale blue world in our Solar System: the ice […]

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