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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

Planetary Radio Q and A: Not-so-gassy giants

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2009

On Planetary Radio's "Questions and Answers" I answered this question: "I read that Uranus got its tilt when it was hit by another object. What does it mean for a ball of gas to be hit -- wouldn't another object just pass through it?"

Spinning spokes in Saturn's rings

Emily Lakdawalla • October 21, 2009

Here's a neat animation captured last month by Cassini and assembled by Mike Malaska: spokes in Saturn's B ring.

Saturn shadows shift with the seasons

Emily Lakdawalla • October 19, 2009

So many goodies on the Cassini raw images website lately! I am especially excited when Cassini takes photos through red, green, and blue filters so that it's possible to create views that look roughly like what you'd see with your own eyes.

A brief word on Saturn's radius

Emily Lakdawalla • October 15, 2009

I've had two people write in to correct my Phoebe ring post from yesterday.

The Phoebe ring

Emily Lakdawalla • October 14, 2009

Last week, planetary astronomers Anne Verbiscer, Michael Skrutskie, and Doug Hamilton published a paper in Nature succinctly titled "Saturn's Largest Ring." In the paper, they announce the discovery, using the Spitzer infrared space telescope, of a gargantuan, previously unseen ring around Saturn, encompassing the orbit of Phoebe.

OMG! Aurora!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2009

Unmannedspaceflight.com member Astro0 was fiddling around with an interesting-looking sequence of Cassini images when he discovered their purpose -- they were gathered in order to see if Cassini could catch aurorae flaring into being near Saturn's north pole. Cassini sure did!

Welcome to the Solar System, Makemake

Emily Lakdawalla • July 15, 2008

The trans-Neptunian object formerly known as 2005 FY9 now has a name: "Makemake."

Saturn, Tethys, and Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • March 25, 2008

I thought that today's image release from the Cassini imaging team was exceptionally pretty.

Enceladus is a drag on Saturn's radio emissions

Emily Lakdawalla • March 22, 2007

What should arrive in my inbox today but a press release from the Cassini RPWS and magnetometer teams saying, in part, "the little moon Enceladus is weighing down giant Saturn's magnetic field so much that the field is rotating slower than the planet."

Cassini's global views of Saturn and its rings

Emily Lakdawalla • March 08, 2007

Since late January Cassini has been acquiring several sets of images that show all of Saturn's globe and ring system at once from perspectives well above and below the ring plane.

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