Monday, February 27, 2017

Saturn’s Amazing Hexagon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft beamed back some amazing photos of Saturn this week. The images show Saturn’s northern hemisphere, including the planet’s hexagon. Each side of the hexagon is about...

Awesome view from above Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has beamed back an awesome view of Saturn from high above the planet. In the image, Saturn appears as a serene globe,...

Saturn’s shadow stretched beyond it’s edge

This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 16, 2015, shows the moment in 2015 when Saturn's shadow just barely reached...

Dione reveals its amazing surface

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Dione reveals its surface created by tectonics and impact cratering. Dione is a moon of Saturn. At 698 miles or 1,123...

Two icy moons of Saturn

Saturn's moons Tethys and Hyperion appear to be very close in this image taken from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In reality, the moons are are actually...

Cassini spacecraft finds flooded canyons on Saturn’s moon Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found deep canyons that are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons on Saturn's moon, Titan. The finding represents the first direct evidence of...

Saturn’s shadow on it’s rings

The shadow of Saturn on it's rings, marks the passing of it's seasons. The shadow would stretched across all of the rings earlier in Cassini's mission. As...

Rhea appears dazzlingly bright in full sunlight

Rhea is the second-largest moon (949 miles or 1,527 kilometers across) of Saturn and the ninth-largest moon in the Solar System. Discovered by Giovanni Domenico...

Beautiful new image of Saturn

As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet. Here, the ring shadows appear to obscure almost...

Saturn will be at its biggest and brightest this Friday

Attention, stargazers: go outside and get a view of Saturn. The planet will be extremely bright and fully illuminated by the Sun. You may even notice...

Saturn’s moons Janus and Mimas

The Cassini Orbiter captured this stunning image of Saturn's moons Janus and Mimas as they coast in their silent orbits beyond the planet's rings. Janus hangs above...

Incredible New View of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting around Saturn's ring plane for most of 2015. Along the way capturing amazing photos. But in early 2016, Cassini...

Saturn looks massive next to Enceladus

Even though it appears like a tiny drop before the might of the giant Saturn, Enceladus holds many mysteries and wonders to be explored. Enceladus is...

Enceladus has cracks in its ice caused by tectonic activity

The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back new, close-up images of the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, Enceladus. The image features a sinuous crack that snakes from the moon's south pole like...

Saturn as it sits askew

NASA's Cassini spacecraft catpured this amazing view of Saturn as it sits askew. Tiny Dione (698 miles or 1,123 kilometers across) looks on from lower left. This...

Cassini Identifies highest mountain on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has identified the highest point on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Titan's tallest peak is 10,948 feet (3,337 meters) high and is found...

Enceladus is remarkably youthful in appearance

Enceladus is only 310 miles (500 kilometers) in diameter, but it's one of the most scientifically compelling bodies in our solar system. The sixth-largest moon...

Tethys and Rhea – The Ice Sisters

Named after two Titans of Greek mythology, Saturn's moons Tethys and Rhea can be seen in this incredible view from the Cassini Orbiter spacecraft. Taken on Oct. 11, 2015, the view looks...

Tethys and Janus are very different worlds

Saturn's moons Tethys and Janus are both made of more or less the same materials, but they are very different. As seen from this image taken on Nov. 23,...

Group image of three of Saturn’s moons

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured an incredible image of three Saturn moons -- Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas. Tethys appears above the rings, while Enceladus sits just...

Saturn’s moon Tethys

Tethys orbits Saturn at a distance of about 295000 km (about 4.4 Saturn's radii) from the center of the planet. In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft,...

Half-lit view of Enceladus

Enceladus is only 310 miles in diameter, but despite its petite size, it's one of the most scientifically compelling bodies in our solar system. Enceladus is...

Cassini captures amazing image of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft used it's wide-angle camera to capture this amazing image of Saturn and it's moon, Tethys. The view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings...

Teenager captures incredible picture of Saturn

Marcus Reed, 15, from England has managed to capture a an incredible picture of Saturn using a 102mm diameter reflector telescope and a smartphone app called...

2015: The Year in Space Pictures

Pluto close-up, distant galaxies and other out-of-this-world photos from 2015. Here are our picks for the 15 best of the year. Hello Pluto! NASA’s New Horizons...

Enceladus displays its older and newer terrain

Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn. In these images obtained by the Cassini spacecraft, Enceladus dramatically displays the contrast between its older and newer terrain. Newer...

Dione Under the Rings

This view obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million miles, shows Dione's beautiful wispy terrain brightly lit alongside Saturn's rings. The image was taken with...

New photos of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus

The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back new, close-up images of the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, Enceladus. The spacecraft obtained the images during its Oct 14 flyby, passing 1,124...

Saturn as seldom seen

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this glorious view of Saturn and two of it's moons, Enceladus and Tethys, on Oct. 17, 2012. The image was captured while the spacecraft...

The night sides of Saturn and Tethys

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows that in space, with no air to scatter the light, shadows can appear almost totally black. The...