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Giant Impacts Formed The Moons Of Saturn
2012-10-17 14:58:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Planetary scientists claim in a paper published in Icarus that Saturn's moons may have formed due to giant impacts. Erik Asphaug, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), presented the new model at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Asphaug and co-author Andreas Reufer of the University of Bern found that...

Saturn Moon Titan Is Baking Up Something Strange
2012-10-17 09:16:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What resembles a giant hot cross bun? According to radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a mysterious, nearly circular feature on Saturn's moon Titan does. The report, given at the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences conference suggests that there is also evidence of ancient shorelines. When you bake bread, sometimes the steam causes the top of the bread to lift and crack. The research team believes...

Cassini Going Strong 15 Years After Launch
2012-10-16 09:04:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the Cassini spacecraft hurtles around Saturn along its continuing mission, NASA announced the fifteen-year anniversary of the probe´s launch this week. The $3.3-billion mission lifted off the launch pad on October 15, 1997 and has traveled over 3.8 billion miles since – flying past Venus twice and Jupiter once en route to entering orbit around the ringed planet in 2004. The mission has provided a treasure trove of...

Analysis Indicates Huygens Probe Had Rough Landing On Saturn’s Moon Titan In 2005
2012-10-12 08:28:31

[WATCH VIDEO: Touching Down On Titan] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency´s (ESA) Huygens space probe, which landed on Saturn´s largest moon Titan in 2005, had a bit of a shaky landing in the final seconds of its Titanian descent. After touching down on the distant landscape--the farthest away any spacecraft has ever landed--the probe “bounced, slid and wobbled” to its final resting place, according to a new analysis...

Titan Seasons Documented
2012-09-28 21:57:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As the fall season starts to ramp up here in the U.S., observations show Saturn's moon Titan has its own drastic seasonal changes. Astronomers presented findings at the European Planetary Science Congress on Friday about Titan's seasonal changes for the past 30 years. “As with Earth, conditions on Titan change with its seasons," Dr. Athena Coustenis from the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France, who analyzed the data, said...

Moon Of Saturn May Be Next Big Space Mission
2012-09-28 14:41:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We have sent a man to the moon, rovers to Mars and two Voyager missions into the great unknown reaches of space. Perhaps, it's time to land a boat on Titan. Although this idea is just in the concept stage, scientists say it is time to really consider it, and a group of engineers presented their proposals at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) on September 27, 2012. The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) is an...

Ganymede Images Captured By Amateur Astronomer
2012-09-28 04:13:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers reported at the European Planetary Science Congress that they have produced the first amateur albedo map of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. This map shows off the higher areas of reflectivity on an object's surface, recording where material is bright or darker in areas. The map developed by the astronomers closely aligns with professional images of Ganymede's surface, showing off features like Phrygia Sulcus and the Nicholson...


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Pisces (fish) Constellation -- Location: Zodiac constellation, visible from both Hemispheres; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 01h; Declination: +15; Source: Ancient, Middle East and eastern Mediterranean, also Greek and Roman mythology. The constellations that are included in the Zodiac - the 12 constellations recognized by Babylonian astronomers through which our Sun, moon, and planets appeared to travel during the course of a year - are considered to be among the oldest sky patterns...

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Draco (dragon or serpent) Constellation -- Location: Northern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 17h; Declination: +65; Source: Creation and dragon myths from Greek, Roman, eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, Indian and Norse cultures Two circumstances lie behind the multitude of myths associated with Draco. First, due to the precession of the Earth, Draco's star Thuban was the pole star approximately 4000 years ago. It would have seemed to ancient sky watchers that the Earth...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

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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The Planet Saturn -- in astronomy, 6th planet from the sun. Astronomical and Physical Characteristics of Saturn Saturn's orbit lies between those of Jupiter and Uranus; its mean distance from the sun is c.886 million mi (1.43 billion km), almost twice that of Jupiter, and its period of revolution is about 291/2 years. Saturn appears in the sky as a yellow, starlike object of the first magnitude. When viewed through a telescope, it is seen as a golden sphere, crossed by a series of...

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