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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Saturn’

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

It is one of the largest and longest lived storms ever recorded in our Solar System. First seen late last year, the above cloud formation in the northern hemisphere of Saturn started larger than the Earth and soon spread completely around the planet. The storm has been tracked not only from Earth but from up close by the robotic Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.         A Raging Storm System on Saturn  Image Credit: Cassini Imaging ... Full Story

Voyager about to leave solar system

As Voyager 1 nears edge of solar system, CU scientists look back In 1977, Jimmy Carter was sworn in as president, Elvis died, Virginia park ranger Roy Sullivan was hit by lightning a record seventh time and two NASA space probes destined to turn planetary science on its head launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The identical spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, were launched in the summer and programmed to pass by Jupiter and Saturn on different paths. Voyager 2 went on to visit Uranus and ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—May 13, Moon near golden Saturn

Sky Tonight—May 13, Moon near golden Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org You’ll find the moon in a waxing gibbous phase this evening – more than half lighted but less than full – in the sky from sunset until after midnight. Tonight’s moon will be visible near a bright object in our sky. It is not a star, but a planet – Saturn, planet of the rings. Given clear skies, almost everyone around the world can see the moon and Saturn near each other this evening. Earth ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 17, April full moon near Spica and

Sky Tonight—April 17, April full moon near Spica and Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The April 2011 full moon will be out all night on April 17, lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn. Watch for the moon low in the east at dusk – at its highest point in the sky around midnight – and low in the west before the sun comes up tomorrow. Why isn’t there an eclipse every full moon? For the northern hemisphere, this is the first full moon of springtime. We in this hemisphere ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 16, Nearly full moon and Saturn

Sky Tonight—April 16, Nearly full moon and Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Go out at nightfall and look to the east, and you will see the beautiful planet Saturn. It’ll be the star like object close to tonight’s almost-full waxing gibbous moon. Note Saturn’s golden color, if you can. If you can’t, try viewing this world through binoculars. Or better yet, look at Saturn’s golden color and glorious rings through a telescope. That other bright light by the moon is Spica; ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 15, Moon shines near Saturn

Sky Tonight—April 15, Moon shines near Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Tonight and tomorrow night – April 15 and 16, 2011 – are wonderful times to identify the ringed planet Saturn! The oval-shaped waxing gibbous moon is near the planet both tonight and tomorrow. It’s even closer to Saturn tomorrow than tonight. The day after tomorrow – on Sunday – the full moon will couple up with Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Spica: Speed on Saturn is ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 3, Saturn closest, brightest,

Sky Tonight—April 3, Saturn closest, brightest, opposite the sun

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The best time of 2011 to see Saturn is here. Planet Earth flies between the sun and Saturn tonight, according to U.S. clocks. Our fast movement in orbit brings us between Saturn and the sun every year, to an event called opposition by astronomers. In other words, Saturn is now opposite the sun in Earth’s sky. At opposition, Saturn rises in the east at sunset and sets in the west at sunrise. So Saturn is ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

  It's Raining on Titan Illustration Credit & Copyright: David A. Hardy (AstroArt) Explanation: It's been raining on Titan. In fact, it's likely been raining methane on Titan and that's not an April Fools' joke. The almost familiar scene depicted in this artist's vision of the surface of Saturn's largest moon looks across an eroding landscape into a stormy sky. That scenario is consistent with seasonal rain storms temporarily darkening Titan's surface along the moon's ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 19, Closest full moon of 2011 on

Sky Tonight—March 19, Closest full moon of 2011 on – high tides – Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Today – March 19 – features the closest full moon of 2011. Some are calling it a supermoon. As a result, you might look for higher-than-usual tides along the ocean coastlines throughout the world. What is true – and false – about the March 19 supermoon What’s more, the bright point of light near tonight’s moon is the planet Saturn, the sixth planet outward from the sun. Because the ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 18, Watch for full moon, planet

Sky Tonight—March 18, Watch for full moon, planet Saturn, high tides this weekend

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org   There is a lot going on in the sky on the weekend of March 18-20, 2011. The moon will be near a bright planet (Saturn) and some bright stars (Regulus and Spica). Plus there will be an especially close full moon – which some are now calling a supermoon – which might mean higher-than-usual tides, especially if the weather gets stormy along coastlines. What is true – and false – about the ... Full Story

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