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Saturn News
June 26, 2022

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How Elliptical Craters Could Shed Light on Age of Saturn's Moons

A new study describes how unique populations of craters on two of Saturn's moons could help indicate the satellites' age and the conditions of their formation. Using data from NASA's Cassini mission, ...

Experiments Measure Freezing Point of Extraterrestrial Oceans to Aid Search for Life

A planetary scientist worked with engineers to measure the physical limits for a liquid when salty water is at very high pressure. The results ...

Saturn’s High-Altitude Winds Generate an Extraordinary Aurorae, Study Finds

Space scientists have discovered a never-before-seen mechanism fueling huge planetary aurorae at ...

Internal Ocean in Small Saturn Moon Uncovered

A scientist recently set out to prove that the tiny, innermost moon of Saturn was a frozen inert satellite and instead discovered compelling evidence that Mimas has a liquid internal ocean. In the ...
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Hubble Sees Summertime on Saturn

Saturn is truly the lord of the rings in this latest snapshot from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, taken on July 4, 2020, when the opulent giant world was 839 million miles from Earth. A new ...

What Makes Saturn's Atmosphere So Hot

New analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft found that electric currents, triggered by interactions between solar winds and charged particles from Saturn's moons, spark the auroras ...

Safety Zone Saves Giant Moons from Fatal Plunge

Numerical simulations showed that the temperature gradient in the disk of gas around a young gas giant planet could play a critical role in the development of a satellite system dominated by a single ...

What If Mysterious 'Cotton Candy' Planets Actually Sport Rings?

Some of the extremely low-density, 'cotton candy like' exoplanets called super-puffs may actually have rings, according to new ...

Life on Titan Cannot Rely on Cell Membranes, According to Computational Simulations

Researchers have made a new contribution to the ongoing search into the possibility of life on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Using quantum mechanical calculations, they have shown that ...

Galactic Cosmic Rays Affect Titan's Atmosphere

Planetary scientists have revealed the secrets of the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. The team found a chemical footprint in Titan's atmosphere indicating that cosmic rays ...

Explaining the 'Tiger Stripes' of Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Slashed across the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus are four straight, parallel fissures or 'tiger stripes' from which water erupts. These fissures aren't quite like anything ...

Saturn's Largest Moon, Titan, May Offer Insights for Earth

Scientists studying the weather and climate of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have reported a significant seasonal variation in its energy budget, a finding which could yield new insights into ...

Origin and Chemical Makeup of Saturn's Moon Titan's Dunes

Astronomers exposed acetylene ice -- a chemical that is used on Earth in welding torches and exists at Titan's equatorial regions -- at low temperatures to proxies of high-energy galactic cosmic ...

Saturn Surpasses Jupiter After the Discovery of 20 New Moons

Move over Jupiter; Saturn is the new moon king. A team has found 20 new moons orbiting Saturn. This brings the ringed planet's total number of moons to 82, surpassing Jupiter, which has ...

Saturn's Icy Rings Are as Old as the Solar System Itself, Study Suggests

No one knows for certain when Saturn's iconic rings formed, but a new study suggests that they are much older than some scientists ...

Saturn's Rings Shine in Hubble's Latest Portrait

Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth. These images, however, ...

Lakes on Saturn's Moon Titan Are Explosion Craters, New Models Suggest

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft may help explain why some methane-filled lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are surrounded by steep rims that reach hundreds of feet high. The models suggests ...

'Titans in a Jar' Could Answer Key Questions Ahead of NASA's Space Exploration

Researchers from Southern Methodist University (SMU) could help determine if Saturn's icy moon -- Titan -- has ever been home to life long before NASA completes an exploratory visit to its ...