Saturn

How Far Are The Planets From The Sun?

by Elizabeth Howell April 21, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The eight planets in our solar system each occupy their own orbits around the Sun. They orbit the star in ellipses, which means their distance to the sun varies depending on where they are in their orbits. When they get closest […]

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Video: Carolyn Porco Discusses Her Life at Saturn

by Nancy Atkinson April 21, 2014

Space historian Andrew Chaikin sat down with planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, and she discusses how her career has ended up focusing on the Saturn system. I love how Porco relates how even she has been “blown away” by some of the imagery sent back by the missions — just like the rest of us! — […]

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The Planets in Our Solar System in Order of Size

by Elizabeth Howell April 21, 2014

If you’re interested in planets, the good news is there’s plenty of variety to choose from in our own Solar System. From the ringed beauty of Saturn, to the massive hulk of Jupiter, to the lead-melting temperatures on Venus, each planet in our solar system is unique — with its own environment and own story to […]

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Let’s Put a Sailboat on Titan

by Michael Habib April 15, 2014

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 Cassini probe, is sculpted by lakes and rivers. There is interest in exploring Titan […]

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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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