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Mid-infrared Of Saturn's Rings Shows Bright Cassini Division

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Saturn View in The Mid-infrared

A team of researchers has succeeded in measuring the brightnesses and temperatures of Saturn's rings using the mid-infrared images taken by the Subaru Telescope in 2008.


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Does Enceladus Have An Ocean?

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Enceladus

Thus began a hunt for clues that has turned out to be Cassini's most riveting detective story.

Daphnis Kicks Up Waves In Saturn's Rings

Daphnis Kicks Up Waves In Saturn's Rings

Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.


New View of Saturn's Moon Mimas

New View of Saturn's Moon Mimas

Cassini's camera was pointing toward Mimas and the image was taken using the CL1 and GRN filters.


New View of Saturn's Moon Epimetheus

New View of Saturn's Moon Epimetheus

Cassini's camera was pointing toward Epimetheus and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.


Dione Lit by Sunshine and Saturnshine

Dione Lit by Sunshine and Saturnshine

Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from Cassini's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.


High Resolution Look At Saturn's Rings

High Resolution Look At Saturn's Rings

Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "ring-grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling rings of icy debris.


Peeking Over Saturn's Shoulder

Peeking Over Saturn's Shoulder

No Earth-based telescope could ever capture a view quite like this. Earth-based views can only show Saturn's daylit side, from within about 25 degrees of Saturn's equatorial plane.


Close Up View Of Saturn's Moon Daphnis

Close Up View Of Saturn's Moon Daphnis

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.


2005 Descent to Titan Revisited

2005 Descent to Titan Revisited Video in Story

After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing.


Clouds At Titan's North Pole

Clouds At Titan's North Pole

Floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes, wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.


Closest View Yet of Pandora

Closest View Yet of Pandora

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora. Pandora (52 miles, 84 kilometers) across orbits Saturn just outside the narrow F ring.


Mimas Looms Above Saturn's Rings

Mimas Looms Above Saturn's Rings

It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) away from the rings.


Cassini Beams Back First Images from New Orbit

Cassini Beams Back First Images from New Orbit

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission.


Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on Nov. 30.


Watching Summer Clouds On Titan

Watching Summer Clouds On Titan Video in Story

Several sets of clouds develop, move over the surface and fade during the course of this movie sequence, which spans 11 hours, with one frame taken every 20 minutes.


The Birth of Saturn's Rings

The Birth of Saturn's Rings

A team of researchers have presented a new model for the origin of Saturn's rings based on results of computer simulations.


The Fluid Dynamics of Saturn's Clouds

The Fluid Dynamics of Saturn's Clouds

Saturn's clouds are full of raw beauty, but they also represent a playground for a branch of physics called fluid dynamics, which seeks to understand the motion of gases and liquids.



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