Saturn Archives -
if you’re anything like us you’re probably a fan of Saturn with its seven groups of gorgeous ring, 62 main moon and hundreds of smaller moonlets and also has one tiny artificial satellite, Cassini, which just finished its last close flyby of one of Saturn’s moons, Dione, on August 17.
New Cassini’ enhanced-color photos reveal a surprising feature on Saturn’s icy moon Tethys: a mysterious, graffiti-like reddish streaks running for miles on moon’ surface, their origin unknown.
Saturn’s moon Enceladus is a mystery. From Earth it looks tiny and cold, and yet it’s not a dead hunk of rock. Actually, Enceladus makes the short list for most interesting places in the Solar System. Passing spacecraft see trenches and ridges, similar to Earth’s, and in 2005 NASA’s Cassini mission spotted ice geysers streaming from its south pole.
For many years, mankind has wondered about the existence of life in worlds outside the Earth. It is possible though that alien life may indeed exist but not as we know it. In a new study published this week by researchers from Cornell University, the team of researchers has modeled a new methane-based life form that can metabolize and reproduce, similar to the oxygen-based life forms here on Earth.
Children and adults alike marvel at the rings around Saturn. In a model of our solar system, Saturn — and its rings —is typically the one that gets the most attention. But while it is easy to be fascinated by Saturn, astronomers have recently found an exoplanet with an even grander expanse of wings that is sure to wow a new generation of stargazers.
2005 cassini captures an astonishing sight, a hundred geysers shooting ice particles miles into space from cracks in the south pole. Enceladus is hurdling its guts into space at a colossal rate. As enceladus orbits saturn, these icy plumes feed a vast shimmering halo around the planet the mysterious e ring.
Beyond Mars lie the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. These giant gas balls have no solid surface and thus no possibility of volcanic activity. Any such action in this part of the solar system would have to be on a planetary moon.
Cassini has made unique photographs, it captures the hexagon, a strange formation present at one pole of Saturn. The diameter of the “hexagon” is 30,000 miles.