Cosmic collision creates mini-planet with rings

Until now, rings of material in a disc have only been observed around giant planets like Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and especially Saturn, which is known for its spectacular rings.

Rings, dark side of Saturn glow in new Cassini image

The gauzy rings of Saturn and the dark side of the planet glow in newly released infrared images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Saturn's moons and rings are "vintage goods"

A recently completed analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggests that Saturn's moons and rings can best be described as gently worn vintage goods from around the time of our solar system's birth.

Pluto spacecraft may have to dodge orbiting rocks

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft - now just two years away from Pluto - is on a riskier mission than previously realized, thanks to the threat posed bty the planet's moons and possible rings.

'Saturn on steroids' discovered

Astrophysicists have for the first time observed a Saturn-like ringed planet orbiting a star like our own.

North Atlantic ocean currents changed in the 1970s

An examination of deep sea corals has revealed drastic changes to ocean currents in the western North Atlantic since the 1970s.

Cassini spots giant snowballs in Saturn's rings

New pictures from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show 12-mile-wide snowballs forming in one of Saturn's rings.

NASA spots giant 'propellers' in Saturn's rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered a new class of moons in the rings of Saturn that create distinctive propeller-shaped gaps in ring material.

Saturn's rings aren't as peaceful as they look

Saturn's rings aren't as neat and tidy as they appear, new observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show.