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One Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • April 08, 2013

Dispatches from five different worlds--all sent by robotic spacecraft on the same day.

The Stormscapes of Saturn

Bill Dunford • March 04, 2013

Look past the rings, and Saturn is even stranger--and more breathtaking.

Saturn's Hexagon Viewed from the Ground

Leigh Fletcher • February 01, 2013

For the first time, amateur astronomers are capturing spectacular images of Saturn's bizarre north polar hexagon.

That amazing image of Saturn's north pole just got better: now, it moves!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 28, 2012

Remember the amazing photo of Saturn's north pole that I posted yesterday? Now, thanks to an amateur image processor, it moves, and the motions of the individual clouds within the belts are mesmerizing.

Staring into Saturn's baleful eye

Emily Lakdawalla • November 27, 2012

Amazing photos have just come back from Cassini, of swirling clouds surrounding Saturn's north pole.

Happy Cassini PDS Release Day!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 08, 2012

It's a quarterly feast day for me: the day that the Cassini mission delivers three months' worth of data to NASA's Planetary Data System. Here's a few images processed from the October 1, 2012 data release.

A couple of gems from the archives

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2012

We're still working on migrating content from the old to the new website. This week, that means I am looking, one by one, through some great amateur-processed space images.

Saturn's still there

Emily Lakdawalla • August 22, 2012

A pretty picture of Cassini's current view of Saturn.

Daphnis cruises through the Keeler Gap

Jason Davis • August 16, 2012

A recent series of ring images by the Cassini spacecraft reveal Saturn's tiny moon Daphnis cruising through the Keeler Gap.

Video: Saturn makes its own drama (with a little help)

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2012

The apparently simple device of running Cassini images together like a flipbook makes for a dramatic movie, especially with the help of well-timed musical cues.

Pretty pictures from Cassini's recent Dione flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • May 04, 2012

Cassini performed its last of three close encounters with Enceladus for 2012 two days ago, and followed the flyby with some spectacular images of Dione.

Pretty picture: A study in ringlight

Emily Lakdawalla • March 08, 2012

Clearly, this is Saturn, and its rings, and if you look closer you can see a tiny circle, on top of the rings, which is Mimas, and two stars in the background. It should look weird to you that while the rings are bright, Mimas is a black dot. What is happening here? Nearly everything in this picture is lit by light that has not arrived directly from the Sun.

Checking up on Jupiter and Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • February 10, 2012

It's amateur astronomers, not professionals, who are shouldering the burden of constant monitoring of the weather on Jupiter and Saturn. What's going on these days in the outer solar system?

Pretty picture: Saturn, a big moon, and a teeny one

Emily Lakdawalla • January 09, 2012

A recent view from Cassini of Saturn with its largest moon (Titan) and one of its small ringmoons, Prometheus.

Pretty pictures & movies: Eye candy from two recent Cassini Enceladus flybys

Emily Lakdawalla • October 20, 2011

Cassini has completed two very close flybys of Enceladus in less than three weeks, one of them just this morning, and the images from that encounter have already arrived on Earth.

Notes from Day 5 of the EPSC/DPS meeting: Saturn's storm, Phobos, and Lutetia

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2011

Today was (is) the last day of the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting in Nantes, France.

Scale solar system presentation slide, a provisional version for you to review

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2011

I'm preparing a talk for the Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show here in Pasadena on Sunday afternoon at 1:45. I have spent the morning putting together a slide that I have long wanted to have for presentations.

Outside In

Bill Nye • September 07, 2011

Outside In, a film made from real space images that takes you on a soaring journey past our nearby worlds.

Pretty picture: Saturn from very close up

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2011

I haven't checked in on Cassini lately. I went to the raw images page and found the frames for this very lovely, very close view of Saturn. It was taken by Cassini two days ago, as it was approaching periapsis.

Color versions of the recent Titan & moon beauty shots

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2011

Last week I got very excited about a set of pictures that had appeared on Cassini's raw images website, but was sad that I couldn't make color versions myself. I was so excited that I failed to identify the little icy moon in the picture correctly.

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