The shadows of Saturn

Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, but the shadows appear to be inside out! The edge of Saturn's outermost A ring can be seen at the top left corner of the image.

Observing circles on Saturn

Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at speeds in excess of 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) per hour at the equator.

Saturn's hexagon: An amazing phenomenon

n 1980 and 1981 NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 space probes passed for the first time over the planet Saturn, located 1,500 million km from the Sun. Among their numerous discoveries they observed a strange, hexagon-shaped structure in the planet's uppermost clouds surrounding its north pole.

Cassini spacecraft uses "pi transfer" to navigate path around Saturn

On Jan. 19, 2007, the Cassini spacecraft took this view of Saturn and its rings -- the visible documentation of a technique called a "pi transfer" completed with a Titan flyby.

NASA spacecraft get a 360-degree view of Saturn's auroras

NASA trained several pairs of eyes on Saturn as the planet put on a dancing light show at its poles. While NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, orbiting around Earth, was able to observe the northern auroras in ultraviolet wavelengths, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, orbiting around Saturn, got complementary close-up views in infrared, visible-light and ultraviolet wavelengths. Cassini could also see northern and southern parts of Saturn that don't face Earth.

Cassini sees Saturn and moons in holiday dress

This holiday season, feast your eyes on images of Saturn and two of its most fascinating moons, Titan and Enceladus, in a care package from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. All three bodies are dressed and dazzling in this special package assembled by Cassini's imaging team.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers new view of Saturn and Earth

NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible. The new panoramic mosaic of the majestic Saturn system taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which shows the view as it would be seen by human eyes, was unveiled at the Newseum in Washington on Tuesday.

Cassini swings above Saturn to compose a portrait

It's a view as good as gold. A loop high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings. The observation and resulting image mosaic were planned as one of three images for Cassini's 2013 Scientist for a Day essay contest.

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.

Cassini observes Saturn storm's explosive power

A monster storm that erupted on Saturn in late 2010 – as large as any storm ever observed on the ringed planet -- has already impressed researchers with its intensity and long-lived turbulence.

NASA's Cassini identifies forces controlling Saturn moon jets

The intensity of the jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn's moon Enceladus depends on the moon's proximity to the ringed planet, according to data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Saturn "twin" found in another solar system

A scientific team led by University of Louisville doctoral student Karen Collins has discovered a hot Saturn-like planet (KELT-6b) in another solar system 700 light-years away.

Explaining Saturn's youthful appearance

As planets age they typically become darker and cooler. However, Saturn however is much brighter than expected for a planet of its age - a question that has puzzled scientists since the late sixties.

NASA's Cassini observes a Saturnian hurricane

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has offered scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole.

Meteors are colliding with Saturn's rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently managed to provide the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn's rings.

Bring your umbrella to Saturn

A new study tracking the "rain" of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn has found there is more of it and it falls across larger areas of the planet than previously thought.

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.

The battered icy Saturnian moon of Rhea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently captured a number of raw images depicting the battered icy Saturnian moon of Rhea.

The stormy Ouroboros of Saturn's northern hemisphere

Scientists from NASA's Cassini mission recently published a paper describing how a massive storm churned around Saturn until it encountered its own tail and sputtered out.

Hydrocarbon sand blurs Titan's features

Drifting sand is steadily filling the craters of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, making it look much younger than it is.