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NASA's Cassini reveals new details on Saturn's rings

Saturn formed 4.5 billion years ago, in the early years of our solar system and There have been clues that its ring system is a young upstart that attached to Saturn years afterward.

Jan 18, 2019, 15:36 PM IST

Four giant planets around young star discovered

Scientists have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets orbiting it, the first time that so many massive worlds have been detected in such a system. The star, CI Tau, is located about 500 light years away in a highly-productive stellar 'nursery' region of the galaxy, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Oct 17, 2018, 11:43 AM IST

Towering hexagonal vortex spotted on Saturn: Scientists

The presence of a hexagon way up in Saturn's northern stratosphere, hundreds of kilometers above the clouds, suggests that there is much more to learn about the dynamics at play in the gas giant's atmosphere. 

Sep 06, 2018, 13:49 PM IST

12 new moons including one 'oddball' discovered circling around Jupiter

The astronomers spotted the new moons when they were looking for objects on the fringes of the solar system. 

Jul 18, 2018, 13:58 PM IST

Astronomers detect water in Saturn-sized exoplanet's atmosphere

Located in the constellation Virgo, WASP-39b whips around a quiet, Sun-like star, called WASP-39, once every four days.

Mar 02, 2018, 17:26 PM IST

'NASA's drone-like quadcopter may explore Titan'

The craft is modelled after drones on Earth, and would have four pairs of stacked rotors that would enable it to zip across Titan geography that has intrigued and mystified scientists for decades.

Feb 26, 2018, 17:34 PM IST

Saturn's moon Titan has 'sea levels' similar to Earth, reveals Cassini

Titan is the only world we know of in our solar system, besides Earth, that has stable liquid on its surface and the latest finding that shows remarkable similarities between the two.

Jan 18, 2018, 13:45 PM IST

Studying comets and Saturn's moon Titan on NASA's agenda for 2018

This will be the fourth year of full operations for Sofia, short for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, with observations planned between February 2018 and January 2019.

Jan 02, 2018, 08:53 AM IST

NASA's flying telescope to study Saturn's moon, comets

Sofia is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. It is a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Centre, DLR. 

Dec 30, 2017, 13:39 PM IST

Shani Amavasya 2017: This is how you can seek divine blessings!

Faith moveth mountains and therefore there are numerous ways to seek the blessings of the almighty. As per Hindu tradition, the Saturn Lord or Shani Dev is one of the main deities worshipped across the globe. The Lord is mentioned in the ancient Puranas and scripts as well. The planet associated with the Lord is Saturn; it is also one of the main Navagraha as per Hindu mythology.

Nov 18, 2017, 14:13 PM IST

Saturn and its rings look graceful in this stunning image by NASA's Cassini

Scientists scoured images of this region, particularly those taken at the high phase (spacecraft-ring-Sun) angles, looking for material that might pose a hazard to the spacecraft.

Oct 24, 2017, 17:26 PM IST

Toxic cloud of hybrid ice spotted on Saturn's moon Titan

The Cassini spacecraft ended its Saturn mission on September 15 by crashing into the planet.

Oct 20, 2017, 18:08 PM IST

Seven moons work together to keep Saturn's largest ring in place

For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring.

Oct 18, 2017, 17:37 PM IST

This is where NASA's Cassini took its final plunge before it met its end – See pic

Mission scientists will examine the spacecraft's final observations in the coming weeks for new insights about Saturn.

Sep 16, 2017, 18:12 PM IST

Here's a glimpse of final Saturn images by Cassini

The spacecraft is in the process of emptying its onboard solid-state recorder of all science data, prior to reconfiguring for a near-real-time data relay during the final plunge.

Sep 15, 2017, 13:48 PM IST

Five incredible revelations of NASA's Cassini mission

Cassini's aim of investigating Saturn is truly a fruitful one, owing to all the amazingly informative insights into the evolution and structure of the ringed planet.

Sep 15, 2017, 09:25 AM IST

Cassini to make death plunge into Saturn today at 113,000 kms per hour

The final plunge will take place on the day side of Saturn, near local noon, with the spacecraft entering the atmosphere around 10 degrees north latitude, NASA said. 

Sep 14, 2017, 11:38 AM IST

Cassini gives Titan a 'goodbye kiss' as it takes a final glimpse of Saturn's giant moon

On September 11, the spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan at 12:04 pm PDT (3:04 pm EDT), at an altitude of 73,974 miles (119,049 kilometers) above the moon's surface.

Sep 12, 2017, 11:37 AM IST

Ahead of its death plunge, NASA's Cassini takes a last look at Saturn and its rings – See pic

Cassini has been orbiting Saturn for nearly a half of a Saturnian year but that journey is nearing its end. 

Sep 12, 2017, 10:18 AM IST

Cassini and Enceladus move in sync as NASA reveals a 'spacecraft's eye' view

The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement seen in the movie sequence.

Sep 06, 2017, 10:25 AM IST