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Stunning Image Of Saturn's Moon Captured From Just 480km Above It

The pock-marked surface of this spherical chunk of rock looks a lot like images of our own moon — but in fact this is much, much further away.


Titan's Lakes Captured In All Their Methane-Filled Glory

Despite the obvious similarities, this isn’t another satellite shot showing the Droughtpocalypse engulfing California. Instead, it’s a radar scan of methane-filled lakes on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.


Saturn's Ghostly Outer Ring Is Mind Blowingly Massive

Almost every time we have a look, Saturn seems to become even more incredible. Space rain falls from icy rings into the gas giant’s atmosphere. Two of its moons, Titan and Enceladus, are among the best candidates in our solar system for finding alien life.


Enceladus's Ice Volcanoes Are Feeding Saturn's Rings

Saturn’s ice moon Enceladus is being slowly devoured by the gas giant’s rings, according to a series of new NASA images that show ghostly tendrils escaping the moon’s cryo-volcanoes and shooting off into space. Whoa.


Look How Tiny Saturn's Moon Prometheus Is

This may just be another glorious picture of Saturn’s rings — but it also serves to show just how large the planet is. Can you make out its moon Prometheus in the image?


It's Time To Go Alien Hunting On Titan

Move over Europa, there’s another moon out to claim the title of first place we’ll discover extraterrestrial life. New research from Cornell University finds that alien microbes could, just maybe, eek it out on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. But these critters wouldn’t be like anything we’ve ever seen before — not even close.


Impressive Image Of Earth Surrounded By Saturn's Rings

I love to see Earth next to other objects, like this comparison of all planets and the sun or this visualisation of all the planets between the Earth and the moon. It helps me comprehend the scale of it all. Actually, it doesn’t. It just doesn’t compute, sorry.


The Mysterious Eye Of The Cosmos Is Watching You

Video: NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is back with a winner: Saturn’s crescent phase captured by Cassini with its rings and the moon Rhea. It looks like a menacing eye from a colossal evil being from another dimension opening in the darkness of space, watching all of us. There’s an amazing movie too.


Three-Kilometre-High Structures Rising On Saturn's Rings

Someone on Reddit just posted this old November 2010 image by the Cassini spacecraft. It shows 2-mile-high (3.5-kilometer) structures rising on Saturn’s B ring’s outer edge. We talked about this back then, but it’s a great peg to show this cool artist impression of what it would look like from the ring itself:


Impressive New Image Of Saturn From Above The Ecliptic Plane

Our friend Val Klavans sent me a Christmas present this morning: A colour photo of Saturn as you would have seen it if you were riding the spacecraft Cassini on December 21, 2014. Saturn’s north polar hexagon stands out prominently while the rings encircle the planet. You can see the hexagon storm on its north pole.


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