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Thursday: July 7, 2011

Storm over Saturn makes for some pretty pictures.Storm over Saturn makes for some pretty pictures.

Behold pictures of Saturn's largest and most intense storm to date (larger photos on source site). Aren't they pretty? These images come from NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. The folks over at New Scientist state that the various colors represent different altitudes of clouds, not Saturn's overall mood and/or demeanor. As a sidenote: I made a similar picture the other day by accidentally mixing oil and water on the pavement.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 2:25 PM | Tags (9) | cassini | newscientist | photos | pretty | saturn | science | space | spacecraft | storm |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: February 12, 2010

Hubble manages to capture an overly blue view of Saturn.Hubble manages to capture an overly blue view of Saturn.

Aurorae result from charged solar wind particles trapped in a planet's magnetic field striking atoms in the upper atmosphere. Just like Northern Lights on Earth, Saturn sees similar polar light shows as a result.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 7:01 AM | Tags (11) | hubble | space | saturn | blue | usatoday | aurorae | particles | wind | fields | magnetic | atmosphere |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 28, 2009

Scientists would like you to know that they have spotted fog on one of Saturn's moons.Scientists would like you to know that they have spotted fog on one of Saturn's moons.

Brown and colleagues first looked at the data using a digital filter they developed that reveals details only on the moon's surface. In the filtered images, the fog appears during the moon's late southern summer as bright, reddish-white patches hovering above the surfaces of lakes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 4:17 PM | Tags (6) | natgeo | space | saturn | titan | fog | first |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: November 20, 2009

Want to know what Earth would look like if it had a ring system?Want to know what Earth would look like if it had a ring system?

Rings views from Earth's surface were created according to the location's latitude, northern or souther hemisphere, and the viewer's orientation. The size of the rings was calculated respecting the Roche limit for the Earth.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 4:06 PM | Tags (6) | earth | saturn | rings | youtube | video | space |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 29 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 7, 2009

Turns out that Saturn has another ring that it neglected to tell anyone about.Turns out that Saturn has another ring that it neglected to tell anyone about.

Its diameter is equivalent to 300 Saturns lined up side to side. And its entire volume can hold one billion Earths, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory said late Tuesday.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 7:28 AM | Tags (6) | cnn | discovery | massive | nasa | ring | saturn |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: June 24, 2009

Saturn may have an ocean beneath it's surface according to new study.Saturn may have an ocean beneath it's surface according to new study.

Evidence that Enceladus could hold a subsurface ocean would be exciting because liquid water elsewhere in our solar system is the most promising place to look for signs of life.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 2:57 PM | Tags (4) | liquid | ocean | saturn | space |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 23, 2009

Saturn has a couple of spooky shadows.Saturn has a couple of spooky shadows.

The shadows are stretched to bizarre lengths, just as earthly shadows are elongated right before sunset. And because the moons are in motion, the mini-eclipses slide across the rings like dark ghosts.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 9:58 AM | Tags (4) | shadows | saturn | space | spooky |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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