Saturn: The Latest Discoveries

Saturn, sixth planet from the sun, is the second largest planet in our solar system.
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Saturn and the Moon Shine at Dawn Friday as Winter Solstice Looms
Saturn reappears from behind the Sun in the dawn sky, and on Friday morning, December 19, lies just below the waning crescent Moon in the southeast.
December 18th, 2014
This week the celestial clock marks two milestones: Saturn's move into the morning sky and the winter solstice. Here's how to see Saturn and the moon before dawn on Dec. 19, then the winter solstice on Dec. 21.
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Giant Dunes on Saturn's Moon Titan Sculpted by Rogue Winds
Lakes on Titan
December 8th, 2014
The towering dunes on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, which are similar to the sandy hills of the Sahara, are not formed continuously over time, but by short, powerful rogue winds, researchers say.
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Saturn's Hazy Moon Titan Holds Clues About Life's Origins
Saturn's moon Titan appears as a hazy ball from a distance in this photo taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
November 27th, 2014
Titan's "prebiotic" environment consists of molecules that could be a precursor to life.
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NASA Reveals Best-Ever Maps of Saturn's Icy Moons (Photos)
2014 Map of Enceladus
December 12th, 2014
These maps shine a new light on Saturn's six major icy moons — Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea and Iapetus.
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What Is Life? It's a Tricky, Confusing Question
Scanning electron microscope image of a mysterious oval structure in the Nakhla Mars meteorite. Though the structure resembles a microbial cell, scientists have not claimed it's evidence of Red Planet life.
December 4th, 2014
The way we define life has consequences for the search for life on other worlds such as Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa and the Saturn satellite Enceladus.
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Binary Earth-Size Planets Possible Around Distant Stars
Imminent Planetary Collision
November 21st, 2014
Binary Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say. Simulations suggest such worlds can begin circling each other after slow, grazing collisions.
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How to See the Brightest Planets in December's Night Sky
Venus is among a number of bright planets that skywatchers can see in December's night sky.
December 2nd, 2014
With luck, skywatchers can catch sight of the five brightest planets in the sky this month. Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter should all be on display.
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