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Surprise! Asteroid Hosts A Two-Ring Circus Above Its Surface

by Elizabeth Howell March 26, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Rings are a tough phenomenon to spot. As late as 1977, astronomers thought that the only thing in the solar system with rings was the planet Saturn. Now, we can add the first asteroid to the list of ringed bodies nearby […]

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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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A “Mini Jet” Juts from Saturn’s F Ring

by Jason Major September 17, 2013

We all know that Saturn’s moon Enceladus has a whole arsenal of geysers jetting a constant spray of ice out into orbit (and if you didn’t know, learn about it here) but Enceladus isn’t the only place in the Saturnian system where jets can be found — there are some miniature versions hiding out in […]

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Saturn’s Little Wavemaking Moon

by Jason Major April 25, 2013

Captured on January 15, this narrow-angle Cassini image shows an outer portion of Saturn’s A ring on the left and the ropy F ring crossing on the right. The thin black line near the A ring’s bright edge is the Keeler Gap, a 22-mile-wide space cleared by the passage of Daphnis, a shepherd moon barely […]

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Saturn to Shed its Spooky Spokes for Summer

by Jason Major March 12, 2013

As Saturn steadily moves along its 29.7-year-long orbit toward summertime in its northern hemisphere NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is along for the ride, giving astronomers a front-row seat to seasonal changes taking place on the ringed planet. One of these fluctuations is the anticipated disappearance of the “spokes” found in the rings, a few of which […]

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