Saturn's new moons

Solar System

Help Name Saturn’s 20 Newfound Moons

Astronomers have found 20 new moons circling Saturn — now you can help name them!

Planets

A Spoonful of Saturn to Sweeten the Night

Move over Jupiter, it's time for Saturn to shine! At opposition this week, the ringed planet is at its brightest and closest for the year.

Cassini Grand Finale

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Saturn Hasn’t Always Had Rings

Analyses of data from Cassini’s final days suggest the rings are a late addition and use them to solve a Saturnian mystery.

Saturn's moons

Solar System

Saturn's Moon Dione Has Some Weird Stripes

Long straight parallel lines on the satellite's surface could be droppings from Saturn's rings, one of the moons, or a passing comet, researchers suggest.

Cassini at Saturn

Solar System

Four Things We Now Know About Saturn

Cassini gave an epic final show, going where no space probe had gone before. Here are a few interesting things we learned from that finale.

Saturn's hexagon

Solar System

NASA's Cassini Sees Saturn's Towering Polar Hexagon

Cassini's legacy sheds more light on the strange mystery of Saturn's northern polar hexagon.

Celestial Objects to Observe

See Saturn at Its Highest & Brightest This Week

Saturn arrives at opposition on June 27th, very close to the time of full Moon.

Storm on Saturn, Photo by Damian Peach

Explore the Night with Bob King

Big Scope Breakout: New Supernovae, Novae, Bright Spot on Saturn

The sky's been bursting with exploding stars this season. Plus there's a new storm on Saturn. What's a skywatcher to do? Haul out the scope!

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Cassini Is Gone: Its Legacy and the Future

After 13 years of orbiting the Saturn system, and 4.9 billion miles logged, the Cassini mission has ended, vaporized on re-entry into the ringed planet.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Hello, Saturn! We're Glad You're Back

Saturn, considered by many the most beautiful sight in the sky, comes to opposition this week with its rings in full tilt. You won't want to miss it.

Daphnis

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Cassini Spies Daphnis Making Waves

NASA's Cassini returns stunning new views of Daphnis and friends from its ring-grazing orbits.

Open All Night

Planets

Saturn's Splendid Summer Show

It's showtime for the King of the Rings! Time to get your telescope out to see and share Saturn, which comes to opposition this week.

Celestial News & Events

Are You Game for a Dawn Conjunction?

Will you brave the cold Friday morning to witness the conjunction of Saturn and the waning Moon?

Fortuitous intersection

Celestial News & Events

See Saturn's Moon Rhea Hide a Star

Watch as the moon Rhea steals a star from the sky for nearly a minute on September 12th.

Moon and Saturn on July 7, 2014

Celestial News & Events

Two Moon-Planet Conjunctions Juice Up July

On July 5th, the Moon has a remarkably close brush with Mars, followed two nights later by a similar rendezvous with Saturn.

Two-faced Iapetus

Explore the Night with Bob King

Iapetus Comes Over to the Bright Side

Astronomers now know the secret of this moon's strange two-faced appearance, but it's still remarkable to watch the "now you see it, now you don't" performance as it moves around Saturn.

View of Saturn through a large backyard telescope

Celestial News & Events

How to See Saturn at Its Best

Your first view of Saturn with a telescope can introduce you to the riches of stargazing — and now is the perfect time to see Saturn and all it has to offer! [caption id="attachment_255423095" align="alignright

Solar System

Drama at Saturn: The Birth (or Demise) of a Moonlet?

New images from NASA’s Cassini mission show bright spots along Saturn’s A ring, likely caused by a small moonlet in the process of forming or shattering.

Saturn and its rings

Planets

Viewing Saturn: The Planet, Rings and Moons

Viewing Saturn is an old favorite for every telescope user. Here's a guide to seeing all that you can see on the ringed planet.

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