The ‘Great’ Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn | NASA

Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Luray, Virginia. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on December 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart.Credits: … Continue reading The ‘Great’ Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn | NASA

Solar System Exploration – Saturn

Moving away from Jupiter, our next visitor is Saturn. Saturn is twice the distance from the sun than Jupiter is, so there is a long, cold gap between the two worlds. This isn't surprising as the gravitational pull of these two planets would either capture or knock away any other object of any substantial mass. … Continue reading Solar System Exploration – Saturn

Cassini – The End of an Era of Exploration

Today is the end of era and a project that has lasted around 30 years, given us a spectacular insight into one of the most beautiful objects in the solar system. Today is when the Cassini mission finally ends by plummeting into Saturn's atmosphere and will be destroyed by re-entry and the intense pressure of … Continue reading Cassini – The End of an Era of Exploration

NASA Finds Moon of Saturn Has Chemical That Could Form ‘Membranes’

NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of life. On Earth, acrylonitrile, also known as vinyl cyanide, is useful in the manufacture of plastics. Under the harsh conditions of Saturn’s largest moon, this chemical is thought … Continue reading NASA Finds Moon of Saturn Has Chemical That Could Form ‘Membranes’

Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini is now on it's way towards it's grand and ultimately destructive finale! Using Saturn's largest Moon titan to fling it into a polar orbit between Saturn's ring and it's outer atmosphere it will complete 22 weekly obits of Saturn before plunging into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15th via Countdown to Cassini's Grand Finale / … Continue reading Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale

NASA – Solar System: Things to Know This Week

I used to post these on a regular basis, but I've been leaving them lately. But the big news for this week is really about the last stages of Cassini's Saturn mission. The last maneuvers will be taking place soon, bringing Cassini between the planet's outer atmosphere and it's inner rings for a number of orbits … Continue reading NASA – Solar System: Things to Know This Week

ESA – Week in Images

I'm trying to keep up with ESA's images, as my regular bloggies would know I used to post this every week but I'm slacking nowadays. This weeks images show cyclone Debbie, Supernova remnant SNR 0509-68.7 and ESA's ExoMars Rover. Click on the link for the full article. via Week In Images / Highlights / ESA No … Continue reading ESA – Week in Images

Images from the closest pass yet of Saturn’s RingS

  The Cassini probe has been capturing the most detailed and amazing images yet of Saturn's rings. The spacecraft is making it's final passes before it is plunged into Saturn later on in the year. Click for more: via NASA just captured some of the most mind-blowing images of Saturn's icy rings ever - ScienceAlert … Continue reading Images from the closest pass yet of Saturn’s RingS