saturn

Between the rings

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. The spacecraft is in the process…


Forget about Mars, let’s go to .. ummm … Ehgellodos.

Did you know it is pronounced somewhat like “EhGEllodos” in Greek? But you can also resort to “EnCELLladous” in English…. Since the discovery of the mysteriously warm ‘tiger stripe’ crevasses and the remarkable geyser-like plumes…


Pan is a weird one

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn’s tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles). These images are the closest…


Through Titan’s Haze

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only solar system object other than the Earth to have a thick atmosphere and standing surface liquid. When the Cassini spacecraft began observing Titan, it even discovered lakes and…


Daphnis makes an impression

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn’s rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest…


Watercolor swirls on Saturn

Saturn’s north polar region displays its beautiful bands and swirls, which somewhat resemble the brushwork in a watercolor painting. Each latitudinal band represents air flowing at different speeds, and clouds at different heights, compared to…


Clouds of methane. Only on Titan.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft watched clouds of methane moving across the far northern regions of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on Oct. 29­­­­ and 30, 2016. Several sets of clouds develop, move over the surface and fade…