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Cassini Eyes Possible New Moon Forming In Saturns Orbit

Cassini Eyes Possible New Moon Forming In Saturn's Orbit

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Newly released images from NASA’s Cassini probe have revealed the “birthing” of a tiny moon in orbit around Saturn. The images, taken exactly one year ago on Tuesday, showed evidence...

Latest Rings of Saturn Stories

2014-04-14 16:21:17

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Images taken with Cassini's narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's A ring -- the outermost of the planet's large, bright rings. One...

2013-11-12 12:21:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has released a natural color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new panoramic mosaic of the majestic Saturn system taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which shows the view as it would be seen by human eyes, was unveiled at the Newseum in Washington on Tuesday. Cassini's...

Saturn And Earth Pose Together In New Cassini Image
2013-11-12 11:30:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a new image taken by its Cassini spacecraft that shows off features of Saturn with Earth in the background. The new image, consisting of 141 wide-angle images, shows the view of Saturn as it would be seen by human eyes. The image sweeps 404,880 miles across Saturn and its inner ring system, showing the planet’s moons and rings, Earth, Venus and Mars. "In this one magnificent view, Cassini has delivered to us a...

Backlit Saturn Infrared Images
2013-10-18 14:08:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Without the sun to illuminate it, the ‘back’ of Saturn may not seem like much to look at. However, new images taken in the infrared spectrum that were released by NASA have revealed new details about the planet and its rings that are difficult to see from a sunlit view. "Looking at the Saturn system when it is backlit by the sun gives scientists a kind of inside-out view of Saturn that we don't normally see," said Matt Hedman, a...

2013-07-15 16:20:15

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The moon, designated S/2004 N 1, is estimated to be no more than 12 miles across, making it the smallest known moon in the Neptunian system. It is so small and dim that it is roughly 100 million times fainter than the...

Disk Patterns Not Always Formed In Presence Of Planets
2013-07-13 07:16:03

[WATCH VIDEO: It Doesn't Take A Planet To Make A Ring] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Young stars known to host planets generally also have disks containing dust and icy grains, particles produced by collisions among asteroids and comets also orbiting the star. Often, these debris disks have sharply-defined rings or spiral patterns, which could signal the presence of orbiting planets. As a way to better understand the physical properties of known planets and...

Cassini Spacecraft To Take Picture Of Earth From Nearly 900 Million Miles Away
2013-06-19 06:21:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The jointly operated NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens orbiter exploring Saturn is set to take a spectacular image of Earth on the afternoon of July 19 during a solar eclipse of the sixth planet. Earth will actually appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of Saturn during the mosaic imaging event. NASA has invited the public to help acknowledge the interplanetary portrait by waving up to the skies when the image is taken....

2013-06-18 16:21:13

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles on July 19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary portrait as it is being taken. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Earth will appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of Saturn in the image, which will be part of a mosaic, or...

2013-04-25 16:20:20

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn's rings. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) These observations make Saturn's rings the only location besides Earth, the moon, and Jupiter where scientists and amateur astronomers have been able to observe impacts as they occur. Studying the impact rate of meteoroids from...

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...


Latest Rings of Saturn Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planetary Ring -- A planetary ring is a ring of dust and other small particles orbiting around a planet in a flat disc-shaped region. The most spectacular and famous planetary rings are those around Saturn, but all four of the solar system's gas giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) possess ring systems of their own. The origin of planetary rings is not precisely known, but they are thought to be unstable and dissipate over the course of tens or hundreds of millions of...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Prometheus -- Prometheus [pra-MEE-thee-us] is the third of Saturn's known satellites. It was discovered from photographs taken by Voyager during its encounter with Saturn by S. Collins and others. Prometheus acts as a shepherd satellite for the inner edge of Saturn's F Ring. The moon is extremely elongated about 145 by 85 by 62 kilometers (90 by 53 by 39 miles) in diameter. It has a number of ridges and valleys on its northern side. Several craters about 20...

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Saturn's moon Pan -- Pan, the innermost known satellite, was found from photographs taken by Voyager during its encounter with Saturn. It was discovered by Mark R. Showalter in 1990, 9 years after the Voyager encounter. Pan is located 133,583 kilometers from the center of Saturn and is within the Encke Gap of Saturn's A-ring. It acts as a shepherd and is responsible for keeping the Encke gap open. It has a diameter of 20 kilometers. ----- Discovered by: Mark R. Showalter;...

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