The Mysteries of Saturn Revealed
July 18, 2012 Leave a Comment
NASA’s Cassini probe has been able to produce a new spectacular view of Saturn’s most famous feature; its rings. The rings are giant orbiting discs made of water, ice and dust, and inside these rings scientists have found mini-moons. These mini-moons have carved out trails in the ice as they orbit the solar system’s second largest planet.
These views of Saturn have become possible because Cassini has changed the angle at which it orbits Saturn, regularly passing above and below Saturn’s equatorial plane. Inclined orbits allow scientists to get better views of the poles and atmosphere of Saturn and its moons. Saturn has 60 moons, more than any other planet in the solar system besides Jupiter. Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system, and it actually has an atmosphere composed mainly of nitrogen. Saturn is know to be extremely stormy, with wind gusts exceeding 1,000mph at the equator.