Studying Saturn!

August 2, 2010 at 10:55 PM (Uncategorized)

I have taken a break from my studies to do some blogging, focusing on one of my favorite topics. I am watching The Science Channel now, with a program focusing on Saturn and it’s moons. It is a fascinating show, though it is not new. It premiered sometime during 2007, as I have seen bits and pieces of it, randomly. Tonight is the first time that I did sit down, watching the program, fully.

The show delves into information about Saturn, and the fascinating updates that have been revealed by the Cassini-Huygens space probes. Several astronomers and researchers have given details about the probe, talking about the procedures that were followed to launch it, the time it took to reach Saturn, and several of the intriguing details that were shown from the Cassini images.

Many updates were made from the information provided by Cassini. Some of the most interesting information came from studies of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. It seems that Titan is a probable candidate for studies of our own Earth during it’s beginnings. The images taken by Cassini have shown that Titan is similar to Earth, during our planet’s early stages. This moon has flowing rivers and rain, though it is believed that the liquid is methane. Also, Titan has mountains and active volcanoes.

The Cassini probe flew through the rings of Saturn, giving more detailed images of their structure. The rings are massive chunks of ice that steadily collide, break apart, and recombine. They are extremely expansive, and close-up images have shown that some of Saturn’s moons actually revolve around the planet within the ring system.

Saturn has many rings, some of which are extremely large, and others that only can be seen when close to the planet. It was the reknowned scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei who first observed the rings, which began a multitude of studies about the fascinating structure around the planet.  Even today, scientists still are studying information taken by images, and from details sent through satellite passings, including the photographs that were delivered by Cassini.

There is so much information that is available from the recent studies by the probes sent to Saturn. Scientists are eagerly studying all of the details, which include stunning knowledge about the intricate ring system, as well as the moons of the planet. Some fascinating and recent images show that Rhea, another of Saturn’s moons, may have it’s own ring system!

Rhea and Titan merely are two of the sixty-two known moons of Saturn. Fifty-three of them have been given names. Some of the moons are small, no larger than asteroids. Rhea is a mid-sized moon, similar in size to the moon Enceladus. However, Enceladus is gaining interest because studies are showing that this moon is similar to Titan, with an atmosphere, a geologically active surface, and the possibility of flowing liquid methane.

I do enjoy studies of the planets, and of subjects dealing with outer space. I somewhat regret that I did not follow with this particular path when I was a college student. Yet, so many more things of interest have been revealed about outer space since then, that I enjoy watching science programs, and reviewing The Internet, for the latest updates. Stay tuned!


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