Saturn’s Flying-Saucer ‘Ring Moons’ May Have Formed From a Giant Impact

During the final days of the legendary Cassini mission, the NASA spacecraft performed a series of ring-skimming orbits around Saturn, snapping unprecedented images of the gas giant’s enigmatic ring moons. These photos and other data have now been analysed by astronomers, shedding new light on these elusive objects and the origin of Saturn’s majestic rings. Read More >>

NASA Produces Building Blocks of Life in Experimental Recreation of Ancient Earth

How did life first start? Scientists hoping to answer that question are recreating the conditions of early Earth’s oceans in a lab. Read More >>

‘Wet Sidewalk Effect’ Solves Mystery of Rain on Saturn’s Moon Titan

Scientists have found evidence of seasons on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, thanks to observations akin to sunlight reflecting off of wet pavement. Read More >>

The Frequency of Asteroid Impacts Jumped Just Before the Dinosaur Age, New Research Suggests  

By comparing the age of impact craters on the Moon to those on Earth, researchers say they have discovered a surge in the rate of asteroid strikes starting around 290 million years ago—a finding that runs contrary to scientific convention. And indeed, not everyone is convinced by the evidence. Read More >>

Saturn’s Rings Could Have Formed During the Dinosaur Age, New Analysis Suggests

Saturn’s rings might have formed relatively recently—like, in the past hundred million years or so—according to new research. Read More >>

Saturn’s Rings Could Be Gone in Just 100 Million Years

With its extensive system of rings, Saturn is among the most beautiful planets in the Solar System. Sadly, it’s beauty may be fleeting, according to new research. Saturn’s rings are dissolving faster than scientists expected, according to the study, and they could be gone in 100 million to 300 million years—a cosmological blink of the eye. Read More >>

Report: NASA and Yuri Milner Working Together on Life-Hunting Mission to Enceladus

It looks like NASA will offer billionaire entrepreneur and physicist Yuri Milner help on the first private deep-space mission: a journey designed to detect life, if it exists, on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, according to documents acquired by New Scientist. Read More >>

Scientists Have Detected Enormous Dust Storms on Saturn’s Moon Titan

The discovery of enigmatic dust storms on Titan means the Solar System’s most exotic moon just took it up a notch. Read More >>

This Photo Claiming to be ‘Cassini’s Last Image’ is Totally Fake

Have you seen this photo, supposedly showing the last image captured by the Cassini space probe before it crashed into Saturn’s atmosphere? It’s beautiful. But unfortunately, it’s also totally fake. Read More >>

This Is Our Best Look Yet at Saturn’s Aurora

Sometimes, things line up just perfectly. For example, back in 2017, the Hubble Space Telescope got a full view of Saturn’s northern aurora. The newly-released image above isn’t exactly what Hubble saw – but it’s still exciting, I promise. Read More >>

Mars and Saturn Are Looking Really Good in These New Hubble Pics

On Friday night, Mars was in opposition, meaning it’s about as close and as bright as it’s going to get. To celebrate, Hubble has released new images of the dusty red planet, as well as of Saturn, which was in opposition last month. Read More >>

New Images Show Saturn’s Moon Titan in Incredible Detail

Our limited human eyesight can really constrain our understanding of the universe. We can see only a thin swath of light’s wavelengths, those waves with peaks 390 to 700 nanometres from crest to crest. This means we miss any light-emitting details coming from other wavelengths, such as from radio and microwave light, as well as infrared, ultraviolet, and x-ray. Read More >>

Listen to the Sound of Saturn’s Electromagnetic Energy

Sound and light have way more in common than you think, which is why it’s easy to turn light data, like radio waves, into sound. This can make for some pretty incredible science communicating tools – just look up Jupiter’s whistlers, falling bomb sounds caused by the planet’s lightning; or the chirp of LIGO’s gravitational wave detection, an ascending bloop as two black holes collide. Read More >>

The Discovery of Complex Organic Molecules on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Is a Huge Deal

Using data collected by NASA’s late-great Cassini space probe, scientists have detected traces of complex organic molecules seeping out from Enceladus’ ice-covered ocean. It’s yet another sign that this intriguing Saturnian moon has what it takes to sustain life. Read More >>

NASA to Extend Juno Jupiter Mission by Three Years

The Juno spacecraft currently orbiting Jupiter was supposed end its mission by crashing into the gas giant next month. Not anymore! Read More >>