Saturn’s Biggest Ring Discovered – Big Enough To Contain One Billion Earths

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This artist’s illustration simulates an infrared view of the giant ring. Saturn appears as just a small dot within the band of ice and dust. The ring’s diameter is equivalent to roughly 300 Saturns lined up side to side

Saturn’s biggest and never-been-seen before ring has been discovered.  The ‘super-sized’ halo was found by Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope. To get a sense of its size it has a vertical height which is about 20 times the diameter of the planet, which is nine times the size of our planet. Furthermore, the entire volume of the ring could hold about one billion Earths.

 

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Cassini Reveals New Ring Quirks, Shadows During Saturn Equinox

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Of the countless equinoxes Saturn has seen since the birth of the solar system, this one, captured here in a mosaic of light and dark, is the first witnessed up close by an emissary from Earth … none other than our faithful robotic explorer, Cassini.

NASA scientists are marveling over the extent of ruffles and dust clouds revealed in the rings of Saturn during the planet’s equinox last month. Scientists once thought the rings were almost completely flat, but new images reveal the heights of some newly discovered bumps in the rings are as high as the Rocky Mountains.

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New Transient Radiation Belt Discovered Around Saturn

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Radiation belt map of the ions with energies between 25-60 MeV, in Saturn’s magnetosphere, based on several years of Cassini MIMI/LEMMS data.

Scientists using the Cassini spacecraft’s Magnetospheric Imaging instrument (MIMI) have detected a new, temporary radiation belt at Saturn, located around the orbit of its moon Dione at about 377,000 km from the center of the planet. Continue reading… “New Transient Radiation Belt Discovered Around Saturn”

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Salt Finding From NASA’s Cassini Hints At Ocean Within Saturn Moon

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Illustration of Enceladus

For the first time, scientists working on NASA’s Cassini mission have detected sodium salts in ice grains of Saturn’s outermost ring. Detecting salty ice indicates that Saturn’s moon Enceladus, which primarily replenishes the ring with material from discharging jets, could harbor a reservoir of liquid water — perhaps an ocean — beneath its surface.

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Could Alien Life Be Thriving On Saturn’s Frozen Moon?

Could There Be Alien Life Be Thriving On Saturn’s Frozen Moon?

 The surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus shows evidence of ongoing geological activity 

Alien life could have evolved on one of Saturn’s moons, scientists say.

They have found evidence that seas may lie beneath the frozen surface of Enceladus  – the planet’s sixth biggest moon.
 

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Saturn’s Aura

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Saturn Spinning A Colorful Light Show

 

That’s an infrared image of an aurora on Saturn’s polar cap, taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft:

Energetic particles, crashing into the upper atmosphere cause the aurora, shown in blue, to glow brightly at 4 microns (six times the wavelength visible to the human eye). The image shows both a bright ring, as seen from Earth, as well as an example of bright auroral emission within the polar cap that had been undetected until the advent of Cassini.

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Special Car Trunk to Haul Segways

Special Car Trunk to Haul Segways

Wicked cool Segway stowage

Saturn has this bizarre electric car concept with gull-wing trunk doors, apparently designed to make it more difficult to load stuff into the trunk. And since the buyer will be green minded and energy efficient, then why not have a couple Segways built into the trunk? (Pics)

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