Scientists Finally Know What Time It Is on Saturn
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 8:51 AM
NASA researchers, using new data from Cassini spacecraft, have calculated the length of a day on gas giant Saturn as 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds. Cassini's instruments noted the wave patterns within the rings, which respond to vibrations within Saturn itself. The data was studied by Christopher Mankovich, a graduate in astronomy and astrophysics, to reveal the duration.
Lord Of The Rings: Saturn's Halo May Be Relatively Recent Trait
Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:36 AM
Saturn's rings are one of our solar system's magnificent sights, but may be a relatively recent addition, according-to-data obtained from NASA's Cassini spacecraft before roboticPexplorer's 2017 death plunge into giant-gas-planet. Scientists said calculation of mass of rings based on gravitational measurements of planet collected by Cassini indicated they formed between 100 million and 10 million-years-ago in roughly the final 2% of Saturn's current age.