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Cassini Sees Seasonal Plasma Changes On Saturn
2013-05-03 19:11:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Cassini spacecraft has helped shed light on one way the bubble of charged particles around Saturn changes with the planet's seasons. Earth has a magnetosphere like Saturn, and the latest results may help scientists better understand variations in it and the Van Allen radiation belts, which both affect things from space flight safety to satellite and cell phone communications. Researchers wrote in the Journal of Geophysical...

Meteoroids Slam Into Saturn’s Rings
2013-04-25 15:08:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said on Thursday that its Cassini spacecraft provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids crashing into Saturn's rings. Previously, scientists had only witnessed impacts on Earth, the moon and Jupiter as they occurred. Studying the impact rate of meteorites outside the Saturnian system helps scientists understand how different planetary systems in our Solar System formed. The meteoroids that impacted Saturn are...

Saturn’s Moon Telesto Discovered 33 Years Ago Today
2013-04-08 18:47:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Thirty-three years ago today, astronomers discovered Saturn's moon Telesto using ground-based observations. Astronomers Bradford A. Smith, Harold Reitsema, Stephen M. Larson and John W. Fountain were performing ground observations on April 8, 1980 when they discovered the Saturn moon. The moon was officially named after Telesto of Greek mythology, but was also designated as Saturn XIII or Tethys B. NASA said Telesto is known...

Cassini Shows Saturn As An Antique Shop
2013-03-27 18:43:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Cassini spacecraft has unveiled new data about how Saturn's moons and rings are like an antique shop. Gianrico Filacchione, a Cassini participating scientist at Italy's National Institute for Astrophysics, Rome, published a paper online in The Astrophysical Journal about how Saturn's moons and rings are gently worn, vintage goods from around the time of our solar system's birth. He suggests these bodies date back more...

Last Close Flyby Of Saturnian Moon Rhea Made By Cassini
2013-03-08 08:57:45

NASA NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be swooping close to Saturn's moon Rhea on Saturday, March 9, the last close flyby of Rhea in Cassini's mission. The primary purpose will be to probe the internal structure of the moon by measuring the gravitational pull of Rhea against the spacecraft's steady radio link to NASA's Deep Space Network here on Earth. The results will help scientists understand whether the moon is homogeneous all the way through or whether it has differentiated into the...

Cassini Spies On Earth's Sister Venus From Behind Saturn's Rings
2013-03-04 13:54:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The international Cassini spacecraft, a NASA, European Space Agency (ESA) and Italian Space Agency (ASI) jointly-operated project, has taken some unique pictures of Earth's twin planet from the perspective of Saturn. The Cassini-Huygens mission launched on October 15, 1997, traveling 2.2 billion miles toward Saturn, reaching the distant ringed-planet June 30, 2004. The orbiter includes 18 sophisticated science instruments to help...

Smog Detected At Northern Hemisphere Of Saturn Moon Titan
2013-02-05 08:33:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists, led by Panayotis Lavvas of the University of Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, used data from NASA's Cassini mission to describe, in unparalleled detail, how aerosols in the highest part of the atmosphere are kick-started on Saturn's moon Titan. The study, published in a recent issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), seeks to understand aerosol formation at Titan because it could...

Six Month Saturn Storm Eats Itself
2013-01-31 19:48:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Cassini mission scientists have observed a huge thunder-and-lightning storm on Saturn consume itself for the first time. The NASA scientists said in a paper published in the journal Icarus that they observed as the massive storm made its way around the planet, until it ran into its own tail and dissipated. "This Saturn storm behaved like a terrestrial hurricane - but with a twist unique to Saturn," Andrew Ingersoll, a Cassini...


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Lagrangian Point -- In Lagrangian mechanics, a Lagrangian point (or L-point) is one of five positions in space where the gravitational fields of two bodies of substantial but differing mass combine to form a point at which a third body of negligible mass would be stationary relative to the two bodies. Bodies at the L-point will not move relative to the parent bodies if they are not perturbed by other gravitational forces. They are sometimes also referred to as libration points. The...

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Saturn's moon Phoebe -- Phoebe is the outermost of Saturn's known moons. Phoebe is almost 4 times more distant from Saturn than its nearest neighbor (Iapetus). It was discovered by William Henry Pickering in 1898. Most of Saturn's moons have very bright surfaces, but Phoebe's albedo is very low (.06), as dark as lampblack. All of Saturn's moons except for Phoebe and Iapetus orbit very nearly in the plane of Saturn's equator. Phoebe's orbit is retrograde, inclined almost 175, and is...

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Saturn's moon Titan -- Titan is the planet Saturn's largest moon. It is larger than either of the planets Mercury or Pluto and is the second-largest moon in the solar system after Ganymede (it was originally thought to be slightly larger than Ganymede, but recent observations have shown that its thick atmosphere caused overestimation of its diameter). Titan was discovered on March 25, 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens, making it one of the first non-terrestrial moons to be...

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Saturn's moon Rhea -- Rhea is the second largest moon of Saturn. It was discovered in 1672 by Giovanni Cassini. Rhea is an icy body with a density of about 1.24 gm/cm3. This low density indicates that it has a rocky core taking up less than one-third of the moon's mass with the rest composed of water-ice. Rhea's features resemble those of Dione, with dissimilar leading and trailing hemispheres, suggesting similar composition and histories. The temperature on Rhea is -174°C in direct...

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Saturn's moon Helene -- Helene is a moon of Saturn, discovered by Laques and Lecacheux in 1980 from ground-based observations. It is co-oribtal with Dione and located in its leading Lagrangian point (L4) and hence is sometimes referred to as "Dione B". ----- Orbital radius: 377,400 km Diameter: 33 km (36 x 32 x 30) Mass: Unknown Orbital period: 2.7369 days Orbital inclination: 0.2 ----- NASA Learn more on this topic from eLibrary here:

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