Saturn Archive
31 May 2006, 03:05 PM ET
Saturn's moon Enceladus might have rolled over on its side sometime in the past, a suggestion that would account for a strange finding made by the Cassini spacecraft.
30 May 2006, 04:19 PM ET
Something remarkable is about to happen in the evening sky. Three planets and a star cluster are converging for a close encounter you won't want to miss.
10 May 2006, 01:06 PM ET
Neptune's largest moon, Triton, was originally a member of a duo orbiting the Sun and was kidnapped in a close encounter with Neptune, a new model suggests.
09 May 2006, 12:44 AM ET
Europe’s Huygens probe was quite alone when it set down on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, but two new videos based the landing allows viewers to hitch a ride during the spacecraft’s descent.
04 May 2006, 02:13 PM ET
Seas of Titan are Sand
03 May 2006, 01:07 PM ET
By measuring a mysterious magnetic field signal emanating from Saturn, scientists might have finally pinned down how long a day on the gas giant planet is.
28 April 2006, 06:19 AM ET
There are now three "superior" planets that are readily visible in our early evening spring sky: Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.
06 April 2006, 02:39 PM ET
The outermost ring of Uranus is bright blue
04 April 2006, 06:44 AM ET
Like auroras on Earth, the light shows on Jupiter and Saturn are partly caused by the Sun’s solar winds. It was previously thought that Jovian auroras were mostly due to ejected material from Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io being churned up by the planet’s rap
03 April 2006, 06:54 AM ET
The discovery of apparent liquid water reservoirs erupting in Yellowstone-like geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus has produced a gusher of questions.
29 March 2006, 12:37 PM ET
Oddly shaped gaps hint at "moonlets" and support the theory that the rings are the broken remains of an icy moon shattered long ago.
28 March 2006, 07:10 AM ET
As a new computer model highlights the troubles with forming gas giants using the standard model, scientists are exploring alternatives and devising ways to test their theories in the future.
23 March 2006, 06:47 AM ET
We can now list eight worlds (including Earth) in a nine-planet solar system that are possible places for life.
16 March 2006, 03:23 PM ET
The formation of odd spokes in Saturn’s rings may depend on the amount of sunlight striking the planet’s ring plane, scientists said Thursday.
14 March 2006, 01:07 PM ET
HOUSTON, Texas – A leading planetary scientist said that Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, should be targeted for a new round of outer planet exploration.
10 March 2006, 12:46 PM ET
The color of Pluto’s two recently discovered satellites are essentially the same neutral color as Pluto’s large moon, Charon. The finding supports the theory that all three of Pluto’s moons were formed from a single giant impact that took place about 4.6
09 March 2006, 12:57 PM ET
Saturn’s moon Enceladus, one of the brightest objects in the Solar System, may have pockets of liquid water lurking beneath its surface feeding great jets that spew from the satellite, hinting at the possibility of a habitable environment, researchers sai
01 March 2006, 04:15 PM ET
The Cassini spacecraft studying Saturn and its satellites made the first of four planned Titan flybys Tuesday in a search for subsurface oceans.
14 February 2006, 01:51 PM ET
The storm is larger than the continental United States, with electrical activity 1,000 times stronger than the lightning on Earth.
07 February 2006, 06:59 AM ET
New discoveries made over the past few decades have forced scientists to expand their definition of a circumstellar habitable zone, the region around a star where liquid water and life can exist.
31 January 2006, 06:23 AM ET
The new computer model will help scientists predict where and when large seasonal clouds will appear and disappear across the moon, enabling them to plan productive future observations of the hazy moon.
26 January 2006, 11:04 PM ET
About halfway up in the east-southeast sky around 9 p.m. local time these frosty winter nights is the brilliant planet Saturn. This week, the ringed world is at its brightest for 2006, reaching a magnitude of -0.2.
04 January 2006, 01:00 PM ET
A new study provides the best estimate to date of the diameter and heft of Pluto’s moon Charon and suggests the satellite likely has no atmosphere.
30 December 2005, 06:47 AM ET
There is plenty to see, and provides an overview of the planets for the coming year.
29 December 2005, 07:27 AM ET
European space scientists started the year by celebrating the history-making descent of their Huygens probe through the atmosphere of Titan and ended it by wondering how to fit future missions into a budget that will keep up with inflation, but no more, t
22 December 2005, 03:21 PM ET
Astronomers have discovered new rings and small moons around Uranus and found surprising changes in satellite orbits around the giant planet.
19 December 2005, 06:44 AM ET
A swath of space beyond Neptune is getting stranger all the time as astronomers find an ever-more diverse array of objects, orbits and groupings.
02 December 2005, 01:11 PM ET
NASA announced two new cash prizes Friday, each with a weighty $250,000 purse, in a pair of contests aimed at developing robotic systems for space exploration.
30 November 2005, 05:11 PM ET
A new series of reports from Huygens reveals more of Titan's secrets.
28 November 2005, 07:00 AM ET
Ever since Voyager 1 returned detailed images of Saturn's F ring back in 1980, astronomers have struggled to understand its bizarre features.
31 October 2005, 01:01 PM ET
Two small moons have been discovered orbiting Pluto, bringing the planet's retinue of known satellites to three and leaving scientist to wonder how it could be.
21 October 2005, 06:48 AM ET
Vandenberg Air Force Base is a sprawling space and missile hub, located on California's Central Coast. It is home base for an evolving story of “missilering” at its best, along with carrying out spacelift operations from the Cold War to today’s developmen
20 October 2005, 10:28 AM ET
The mighty Titan -- a pillar in American rocketry for five decades -- flew into orbit for the final time Wednesday, capping a distinguished career of heavy-lifting that has spanned the nation's space age.
30 September 2005, 01:09 PM ET
New Cassini images of Saturn's moons Hyperion and Tethys.
17 September 2005, 02:02 PM ET
A long-sought feature on the smoggy moon suggest a sea and rivers of methane or other hydrocarbons.
15 September 2005, 07:00 AM ET
The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn has finally spotted spokes cutting across the planet’s rings, a phenomenon astronomers have long hoped their plucky orbiter might find.