saturn

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…


A Heavenly Quartet

If you stay up a little past midnight tonight (April 24), you will see in the southeastern sky an amazing gathering of bright celestial objects. Weather permitting, at around 1 a.m. (your local time) this…


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…


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…


Dynamic islands in Ligeia Mare

These images from the Radar instrument aboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show the evolution of a transient feature in the large hydrocarbon sea named Ligeia Mare on Saturn’s moon Titan. Analysis by Cassini scientists indicates that…


Enceladus, Rhea …. and tiny Atlas

We’ve had some heavy outages recently at Koppernigk. I sincerely hope it’s over by now. To all my two readers: sorry. A beautiful picture from the vicinity of Saturn for you.