The Day the Earth Smiled: Saturn Shines in this Amazing Image from the Cassini Team

by Jason Major November 12, 2013

This summer, for the first time ever, the world was informed that its picture was going to be taken from nearly a billion miles away as the Cassini spacecraft captured images of Saturn in eclipse on July 19. On that day we were asked to take a moment and┬ásmile and wave at Saturn, from wherever […]

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Titan’s North Pole is Loaded With Lakes

by Jason Major October 23, 2013

A combination of exceptionally clear weather, the steady approach of northern summer, and a poleward orbital path has given Cassini — and Cassini scientists — unprecedented views of countless lakes scattered across Titan’s north polar region. In the near-infrared mosaic above they can be seen as dark splotches and speckles scattered around the moon’s north […]

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Titan Has a Fancy Collar

by Jason Major August 26, 2013

As high summer slowly but steadily approaches on Saturn, Cassini is opening a window to the seasonal changes that occur not only on the ringed planet but also its moons. Here we can see a dark band developing around Titan’s north polar latitudes, a “fancy collar” made visible in ultraviolet wavelengths. Polar collars have previously […]

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Saturn’s Fluctuating F Ring

by Jason Major November 19, 2012

Bright clumps of material spotted within Saturn’s ropy F ring (NASA/JPL/SSI) Released today, this image acquired by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows some interesting structures forming within Saturn’s thinnest but most dynamic ring. Jason Major on Google+

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Moons Large and Small

by Jason Major February 29, 2012

It may be one of the best images from Cassini yet this year! Cloud-covered Titan and tiny Prometheus (can you see it just above the rings on the right?) are literally dwarfed by their parent Saturn in an image captured on Jan. 5, 2012. Prometheus’ pinpoint shadow can also be seen on Saturn’s cloud tops, […]

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