Saturn

An illustration of Saturn and its "fuzzy" core.

Saturn's Seismic Activity Makes Waves in Its Iconic Rings

Scientists uncover new insight into the planet's core based on observations of its rippling rings

The plumes were first discovered in 2006 when the Cassini spacecraft spotted the geysers shooting water and other organic materials at high velocities hundreds of miles into space near the moon's south pole.

Could Methane-Spewing Microbes Be Living in the Depths of a Subsurface Ocean on Saturn's Moon Enceladus?

The hot, chemical plumes could be produced by something similar to Earthly microscopic life forms that consume hydrogen and carbon, then burp up methane

Titan's largest lake, Kraken Mare, is larger than the five Great Lakes combined.

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Titan's Largest Methane Lake May Be One Thousand Feet Deep

NASA's Cassini probe flew just 600 miles above Saturn's largest moon to gather the data

Watch Colorful Sunsets on Distant Planets in This NASA Simulation

New models from a NASA scientist show what the sun’s setting might look like on Venus, Uranus and Mars

A near-infrared, color image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of north polar seas on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Similar glints were spotted from Earth in 2000 at Titan's equator but Cassini found no evidence of liquid there.

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Bright Patches on Saturn’s Largest Moon Are Dried-Up Lake Beds

New study tackles a 20-year-old mystery about Titan, the second-largest moon in the solar system

2020 is shaping up to be a great year for sky watching.

Ten Celestial Events You Don't Want to Miss in 2020

Whether you are a telescope enthusiast or just want to step outside to enjoy the night sky, these are the phenomena to look out for this year

These are ten of the biggest strides made by scientists in the last ten years.

The Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of the Decade

Breakthroughs include measuring the true nature of the universe, finding new species of human ancestors, and unlocking new ways to fight disease

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First Global Map of Saturn's Moon Titan Reveals Secrets of Earth's 'Deranged' Twin

The map showcases the planet's flat plains, sand dunes, hilly terrain and lakes full of liquid methane

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Researchers Discovered 20 Tiny New Moons Circling Saturn

The ringed planet now takes Jupiter's title for the planet with the most moons

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New Organic Compounds Found in Plumes From Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus

Analysis of data from the late, great Cassini spacecraft reveals the moon is spurting oxygen and nitrogen-bearing organic compounds into space

Dragonfly will explore dozens of locations across the icy moon

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NASA’s Dragonfly Mission Will Fly Through the Clouds of Titan, Saturn’s Biggest Moon

Over the course of its initial 2.7-year mission exploring Titan, the dual-quadcopter will fly a combined total of more than 108 miles

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We Finally Know How Long a Day on Saturn Is

By studying oscillations in the planet's iconic rings, researchers have determined it takes Saturn 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds to rotate once

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Saturn's Rings Rain Organic Compounds Into Its Atmosphere

The Cassini probe's final flybys show that 22,000 pounds of material per second drops from the rings into the planet's ionosphere

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Some of Earth's Deep Sea Microbes Could Survive on Saturn's Moon

A methane-producing archaea survived simulations of Enceladus' extreme conditions, hinting at the possibility of similar extraterrestrial life

Artists rendering of the Dragonfly craft exploring Titan

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NASA Unveils Finalists for Its Next New Frontiers Mission

In 2025, the agency will either try to grab a piece of a comet or send a space-helicopter drone to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan

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Shadows of Saturn's Rings Mess With Its Upper Atmosphere

The Cassini probe's final swoops through the rings found that they impact the planet's ionosphere

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Dinosaurs Were Around Before Saturn Had Rings

Data from the Cassini space probe suggests that the rings may be as young as 150 million years old

Behind Saturn's icy rings is the moon Tethys, illuminated by the planet's reflected sunlight.

How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demise

After a rich scientific life, Cassini went out in a blaze, becoming one with the planet it had revolved around for so long

An image from Cassini's first dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings in April.

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What Cassini's Daring Dives Have Taught Us About Saturn

Before the probe's final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, here’s a look back at what we’ve learned so far

This illustration shows NASA's Cassini Spacecraft above Saturn's northern hemisphere.

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Celebrate Cassini's Historic Voyage in Eight Incredible Images

After 13 years of exploration, one of NASA's most successful probes will crash into Saturn's atmosphere

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