Saturn Archive
15 January 2015, 04:31 PM ET
Early Friday morning, if skies are clear, you have a good chance to catch sight of a lovely waning crescent moon pairing off with the ringed wonder of the solar system: the planet Saturn.
14 January 2015, 03:38 PM ET
Ten years ago today (Jan. 14), humanity got its first up-close look at Saturn's huge moon Titan, a bizarre, frigid world that may be capable of supporting life as we know it.
14 January 2015, 01:28 PM ET
For the probe landing’s 10th anniversary, a new sequence has been rendered from Huygens’ Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) data. The craft landed on Saturn’s largest moon on 14 Jan 2005.
13 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Researchers were able to pinpoint the Saturn system's center of mass, or barycenter, within about 2 miles — a 50-fold improvement over the best estimates provided by ground-based telescopes, NASA officials said.
11 January 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Getting a handle on what rocky worlds in our solar system would look like from afar will give us a basis for comparison as we seek out distant, habitable exoplanets.
05 January 2015, 01:42 PM ET
Skywatchers will be treated to a fascinating ballet of the so-called Galilean moons throughout the month, as the satellites pass one another, sometimes blocking (occulting) or casting shadows (eclipsing) and casting shadow onto Jupiter’s cloud tops.
25 December 2014, 08:20 AM ET
While lights decorating Christmas trees twinkle indoors, the stars of the Christmas sky shine brightly during the last week of 2014.
18 December 2014, 05:43 PM ET
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.
12 December 2014, 07:55 AM ET
These maps shine a new light on Saturn's six major icy moons — Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea and Iapetus.
10 December 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The first color maps of Saturn's moons using data from Cassini spacecraft have been created.
08 December 2014, 04:57 PM ET
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.
04 December 2014, 05:10 PM ET
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.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
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.
27 November 2014, 07:12 AM ET
Titan's "prebiotic" environment consists of molecules that could be a precursor to life.
25 November 2014, 05:14 PM ET
Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun and was the first to be predicted before it was discovered.
21 November 2014, 10:40 AM ET
The morning sky will play host to a spectacular gathering of solar system objects grouped closely together tomorrow (Nov. 22), but it won't be easy for observers on Earth to see it.
21 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
20 November 2014, 04:13 PM ET
A stunning new picture of Saturn's clouds shows swirls of mixing material, like cream whirling through coffee.
17 November 2014, 02:18 PM ET
The Great Red Spot on Jupiter's face is secretly dull in color. But the swirling storm looks crimson thanks to something like a cosmic "sunburn." Gases in Jupiter's upper atmosphere turn reddish when they're hit with sunlight, scientists say.
14 November 2014, 12:59 AM ET
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and is known for its many moons, its dangerous radiation belt and its iconic Great Red Spot.
11 November 2014, 07:46 AM ET
Get up early or stay out late to see some of the brightest planets in the night sky this month. The elusive planet Mercury begins November with its best morning apparition for 2014.
11 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Radar measurements made by NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini probe along a 25-mile-long (40 kilometers) stretch of Kraken Mare's eastern shore reveal depths ranging from 66 to 115 feet (20 to 35 m), researchers said.
05 November 2014, 01:14 PM ET
An amazing new photo taken by a NASA probe shows Saturn and its large moon Titan shining as pretty crescents in deep space.
28 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
In a celestial surprise, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has identified clouds of methane ice high in the stratosphere of Saturn's huge
17 October 2014, 11:03 AM ET
A spacecraft exploring the Saturn system was zapped by static electricity sent out one of the ringed wonder's many moons in 2005, a new study suggests.
16 October 2014, 02:10 PM ET
There's something strange going on below the surface of Saturn's Death Star-looking moon Mimas, a new study suggests.
10 October 2014, 11:47 AM ET
Forget Saturn's rings. The jewel of the solar system has another stunning feature that only faraway spacecraft can see clearly: a hexagon-shaped vortex that's been swirling above Saturn's north pole for at least 30 years.
30 September 2014, 07:35 AM ET
See stunning photos of the cloud-covered Titan from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
30 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an odd islandlike feature in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's largest hydrocarbon seas. Scientists don't know what to make of the structure, which covers about 100 square miles.
29 September 2014, 03:01 PM ET
The strange feature that appeared on the shoreline of Titan's Ligeia Mare sea was imaged by NASA's Cassini probe in July 2013 and again in August 2014. Full Story:
27 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
For a couple of hours after nightfall Sunday (Sept. 28), Mars will be a fairly conspicuous light. The Red Planet will have a companion this evening; sitting below and to its left will shine the reddish 1st-magnitude star Antares.
26 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Currently the constellation Libra is host to the planet Saturn and two of the largest and brightest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta. In addition, the crescent moon will be passing through on its monthly trip around the Earth.
23 September 2014, 10:49 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft may still be 10 months from its historic flyby with dwarf planet Pluto, but it is making good use of its interplanetary cruise to get familiar with its flyby target by imaging Pluto's outermost moon Hydra
23 September 2014, 07:30 AM ET
The image captures the Saturn moons Tethys, Hyperion and Prometheus,, along with the gas giant's iconic rings. Cassini took the picture on July 14, 2014, when it was about 1.2 million miles from Tethys, NASA officials saiD.
15 September 2014, 10:30 AM ET
NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft spotted many bright clumps in Saturn's F ring when they flew by the gas giant in the early 1980s.
02 September 2014, 05:03 PM ET
Electric sparks might have helped break down lunar soil, suggesting the moon may be significantly more active than previously thought. The phenomenon may take place throughout the solar system, from Mercury to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.