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Saturn’s rings and the bends

Saturn’s rings appear to bend as they pass behind the planet’s darkened limb due to refraction by Saturn’s upper atmosphere. The effect is the same as that seen in an earlier Cassini view (see PIA20491),…


Titan’s Vid Flumina flooded with liquid hydrocarbons

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has found deep, steep-sided canyons on Saturn’s moon Titan that are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons. The finding represents the first direct evidence of the presence of liquid-filled channels on Titan, as well…


Enceladus, on thin ice

Of all the icy moons in the Solar System, Saturn’s moon Enceladus is probably the ‘hottest’ when measured for its potential to host life. Despite its distance from Earth, it may also be the easiest…


Sea of Methane

Saturn’s largest moon is covered in seas and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons – and one sea has now been found to be filled with pure methane, with a seabed covered by a sludge of organic-rich…


Interstellar Space Collector around Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected the faint but distinct signature of dust coming from beyond our solar system. The research, led by a team of Cassini scientists primarily from Europe, is published this week in…


Where’s Waldo (AKA Planet Nine)?

The hunt is on to find “Planet Nine” — a large undiscovered world, perhaps 10 times as massive as Earth and four times its size — that scientists think could be lurking in the outer…


Mountaineer – get out your (Titan) gear

In a nod to extraterrestrial mountaineers of the future, scientists working on NASA’s Cassini mission have identified the highest point on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Titan’s tallest peak is 10,948 feet (3,337 meters) high and…