Saturn Archive
30 August 2014, 09:03 AM ET
Look up this Labor Day weekend to see a lovely celestial tableau in the southwestern part of the evening sky.
22 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Scientists discuss what makes Jupiter's moon Europa perhaps the solar system's best bets for hosting life beyond Earth.
20 August 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Boring through ½ mile rock-hard Antarctic ice, researchers discover a completely isolated community of microorganisms living in Subglacial Lake Whillans. The finding could be an analog for subsurface life on Mars, Europa, Enceladus and other worlds.
13 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Cassini looked on last month as methane clouds floated above Ligeia Mare, a big hydrocarbon sea near Titan's north pole. Few clouds had been seen on Titan since 2010, so researchers are trying to gauge the significance of the new observations.
12 August 2014, 04:11 PM ET
The international Cassini-Huygens mission scanned a gathering cloud mass over the methane sea known as Ligeia Mare on Saturn’s largest moon Titan between July 20th and 22nd 2014. Full Story: http://goo.gl/gIb2r9
03 August 2014, 06:34 PM ET
Saturn and Earth's nearest neighbor will perform a celestial dance on Monday (Aug. 4), when the moon will eclipse the ringed planet for stargazers in Australia, but you don't have to go Down Under to catch the event. You can see it live online.
31 July 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Mars and Saturn get together with the crescent moon for a planetary 3-way on August 31st and Venus and Jupiter get together on August 18th. The Perseids Meteor Shower peaks on Aug 11-13.
29 July 2014, 07:17 AM ET
The icy Saturn moon Enceladus sports at least 101 geysers, which reach all the way down to the satellite's subsurface ocean, new research suggests.
04 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The subsurface ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, could be as salty as any body of water here on Earth, a new study reports. Data collected by NASA's Cassini mission suggests Titan's ocean is as salty as the Dead Sea.
02 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Powerful radio signals that Jupiter generates could be used to help researchers scan its giant moons for oceans that could be home to extraterrestrial life, according to a recent study submitted to the journal Icarus.
01 July 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Pluto reaches opposition and can be seen with a medium-sized telescope and dark skies. Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta will be quite close to one another on the night sky. But each is a tough target.
01 July 2014, 10:54 AM ET
The July night sky is filled with planets to the delight of stargazers and astronomers, but you'll have to know when and where to look to get your summer solar system fix.
01 July 2014, 07:45 AM ET
Starting in late 2016, Cassini will zip between Saturn and its innermost ring a total of 22 times in a mission phase now known as the "Cassini Grand Finale," which will end when the probe intentionally dives into Saturn's atmosphere in September 2017.
30 June 2014, 10:29 AM ET
Saturn and Mars are visible in the evening and Venus and Mercury can be found before sunrise. At the end of the month, the annual Delta Aquarid peaks with 20 meteors per hour. -- Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
30 June 2014, 07:15 AM ET
NASA's Cassini spacecraft marks a big milestone today (June 30) — a decade exploring Saturn and its many moons.
26 June 2014, 04:22 PM ET
The NASA video shows the tense scene at mission control on the night of June 30, 2004, as the Cassini spacecraft prepared to execute a crucial engine burn that would allow it to enter orbit around Saturn.
26 June 2014, 09:33 AM ET
In 2004, the NASA science probe reached the ringed planet and was successfully captured by its gravity. The mission control team at NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory celebrate the moment that orbit insertion confirmation is relayed to Earth.
23 June 2014, 09:09 AM ET
NASA Cassini mission images from July 2013 of Titan's Ligeia Mare region show an island that was not there in previous imagery. What could it be?: http://goo.gl/f0hNPs
18 June 2014, 02:40 PM ET
During today's encounter — the 103rd Titan flyby for Cassini over its long operational life — the probe will skim just 2,274 miles (3,660 kilometers) above the moon at a speed of 13,000 mph (20,920 km/h), NASA officials said.
06 June 2014, 05:30 PM ET
The 12 proposals range from a submarine that would explore the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's huge moon Titan to a probe that would travel around the solar system by hitching rides on comets.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
‘First Light’ for the European Southern Observatory's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) is a Centaurus constellation star (HR 4796A). It also took a finely detailed image of Saturn's moon Titan.
30 May 2014, 11:04 AM ET
Your best views of Jupiter will come in early June. Venus will be just over the horizon right before sunrise.
22 May 2014, 12:26 AM ET
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured the images in this amazing space wallpaper showing the dancing auroral lights at Saturn’s north pole.
16 May 2014, 01:33 PM ET
Matthew McConaughey's character is tapped to search for humanity's next home in the first full-length trailer for the new Christopher Nolan movie.
12 May 2014, 11:25 AM ET
Saturn will shine bright near the nearly full moon on Tuesday (May 13), just days after the ringed planet reached opposition, its best show of 2014. Here's how to see Saturn near the moon.
09 May 2014, 02:54 AM ET
Capturing Saturn as it slips gently behind the moon.
07 May 2014, 11:25 PM ET
This colorful space wallpaper portrays a section of Saturn’s beautiful rings, four centuries after they were discovered by Galileo Galilei. Saturn’s rings were first observed in 1610.
05 May 2014, 10:04 AM ET
Saturn is now making its entrance onto the celestial stage, rising in the eastern sky soon after dark and shining brightly in the southern sky all night long.
03 May 2014, 01:59 PM ET
Stargazers have a chance to see the five brightest planets in the May night sky, weather permitting. Here's how to see Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury
02 May 2014, 04:26 PM ET
Earth may pass through the dust trails of Comet 209P/LINEAR's past orbits, and predictions range from 100 to a 'stormy' 1000 meteors an hour. Also, great views of Saturn, Mars and comet PanStarrs (C/2012 K1) will be available throughout the month.
01 May 2014, 03:32 PM ET
Like its famous neighbor Europa, the huge Jovian satellite Ganymede might have an ocean of liquid water in contact with a rocky seafloor, a new study reports. This arrangement would make possible all sorts of interesting chemical reactions.
28 April 2014, 10:09 AM ET
Saturn is close and bright throughout 2014 but maybe best on May 10th ‘opposition,’ its moons visible with telescope. Mars shares the Eastern sky with the ringed gas giant. Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
24 April 2014, 10:17 AM ET
Saturn certainly has some oddball moons and astronomers think they're close to explaining how a weird feature formed on one of them. New 3D maps are giving scientists an idea of how Iapetus' strange moons actually formed.
18 April 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Here's a list of the top 11 things that have impacted the lunar surface.
15 April 2014, 08:53 AM ET
Photographs taken by NASA's Cassini probe in April 2013 show a bright arc about 750 miles long and 6 miles wide at the edge of Saturn's outermost ring. This arc was probably created by the gravity of a small, icy object nearby — possibly a newborn moon.
08 April 2014, 11:29 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper is a radar image from the Cassini orbiter showing dark streaks carved into dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan.