What you need to know about this year's winter solstice and the great conjunction

This year's winter solstice is also when Saturn and Jupiter appear closest to each other for 60 years, Here's what you need to know about both the events.

William Teets, Acting Director and Astronomer, Dyer Observatory, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Christmas star: Planets set to align in the night sky

Jupiter and Saturn - the Solar System's largest planets - are set to cross paths in the night sky.

Dec. 18, 2020 ~3 min

3D model seeks to explain mysterious hexagon storm on Saturn

Harvard researchers use a 3D model to figure out how a hexagon-shaped mega-storm on Saturn was formed.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~8 min

The four most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system

The clouds of Venus may harbour alien life. But where else?

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Team solves mystery of Saturn’s hot atmosphere

Saturn is far from the sun, so why is its upper atmosphere so hot? Astronomers may have finally solved "one of the great mysteries of planetary science."

U. Arizona • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Nasa 're-masters' classic 'Pale Blue Dot' image of Earth

The US space agency reprocesses the Voyager probe's iconic "Pale Blue Dot" picture of Planet Earth.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Feb. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Saturn overtakes Jupiter as planet with most moons

Jupiter had been the "moon king" for some 20 years.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Oct. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Gas on Saturn’s moon could be ‘free lunch’ for alien life

The oceans on Saturn's moon Enceladus may have the chemical fuel necessary for life. If there's any around, that is.

Peter Kelley-U. Washington • futurity
June 24, 2019 ~5 min

Search for Titan’s methane source reveals icy surprise

While searching for the origins of methane on Saturn's largest moon, scientists discovered an unexpected ice corridor.

U. Arizona • futurity
April 30, 2019 ~4 min

Saturn’s rings aren’t as old as some thought

Saturn's rings are relatively young, according to data from the last days of the NASA spacecraft Cassini.

Blaine Friedlander-Cornell • futurity
Jan. 23, 2019 ~4 min