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… » 3/01/15 4:00pm Sunday 4:00pm

The mysterious eye of the cosmos is watching you

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: » 1/08/15 10:23pm 1/08/15 10:23pm

Two-mile-high structures rising on Saturn's rings

Someone on Reddit 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: » 12/29/14 11:33pm 12/29/14 11:33pm

Impressive new image of Saturn from above the ecliptic plane

Our friend Val Klavans sent me a Christmas present this morning: A color 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. » 12/25/14 4:46pm 12/25/14 4:46pm

Why Orion's launch is the best news for humanity in a long time

I have always been sad that I never got to see the beginning of humanity's ultimate journey—and even sadder to realize that in 1972 we abandoned a path that could have possibly gotten us to other planets by now. On December 5, 2014, we opened the gate to that path again. We should rejoice—we are going back to the… » 12/05/14 8:57am 12/05/14 8:57am

Saturn moon looks like a wasp nest and it may freak some people out

Check out this stunningly crispy photo of Saturn moon's Hyperion—taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Apparently it is inhabited by alien wasps the size of cars or at least it looks like a wasp nest to me. So gross!* New analysis of Cassini's data reveal that, if there are giant alien wasps, they are producing electrons. » 10/16/14 10:04pm 10/16/14 10:04pm

Behold the awesome nebulae flybys in this new In Saturn's Rings teaser

Our friends of In Saturn's Rings have a new teaser for their incoming 4K IMAX grand tour of the Universe, made using millions of high definition photographs taken by telescopes and spacecraft. There are no 3D models in these videos. Just photos, animated by 67 volunteers from all over the world. » 9/17/14 7:48pm 9/17/14 7:48pm

The 50 Most Amazing Images From a Decade of Orbiting Saturn

Cassini entered Saturn's orbit on July 1st, 2004. And ever since, this NASA-ESA-ASI collaboration has delivered stunning images of the crown jewel of our solar system. The following 50 images were chosen from thousands of similarly great photographs from a full decade of exploring the sixth planet and its iconic ring… » 7/01/14 4:00pm 7/01/14 4:00pm

Simulation of Saturn passing by Earth on a collision course to the Sun

The always cool Yeti Dynamics has released another brilliant scientific simulation: What would Earth's sky look like if Saturn went off its orbit to race into the inner solar system on its way to the Sun and our planet was on its path? I just love these impossible but visually arresting scenarios. » 5/05/14 1:44am 5/05/14 1:44am