Breathtaking Illustrations Show The Splendor Of Ringed Planets

Is there any more beautiful than a ringed planet? It's like an instant signifier of an exotic, non-Earth world. And the sight of a ring floating around an entire world is one of the most poetic and astonishing vistas the universe has to offer. And luckily, some immensely talented artists have created illustrations… » 4/11/14 3:00pm 4/11/14 3:00pm

We've Found A Hidden Ocean On Enceladus That May Harbor Life

It's turning out that the outer reaches of the solar system may be more hospitable to life than we ever imagined. Gravity measurements made by Cassini have confirmed that Enceladus, a tiny moon orbiting Saturn, hosts a subsurface ocean in its southern latitudes. Astronomers are now saying it's potentially habitable. » 4/03/14 11:00am 4/03/14 11:00am

You won't believe how amazing this footage of Saturn's moon Titan is

In 2005, an international team sent a probe called Huygens down to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. This is a moon with a thick atmosphere, and which we now know has lakes, sand dunes, salt flats, and seasonal rains (of liquid methane). At the time, however, we'd never seen its surface below cloud cover. Here's… » 1/14/14 1:46pm 1/14/14 1:46pm