A ‘grazing encounter’ may have smashed the moon to bits to form Saturn’s rings, a new study suggests — ScienceDaily

Swirling around the planet’s equator, the rings of Saturn are a dead giveaway that the planet is spinning at a tilt. The belted giant rotates at a 26.7-degree angle relative to the plane in which it orbits the sun. Astronomers have long suspected that this tilt comes from gravitational interactions with its neighbor Neptune, as … Read more

Saturn’s high-altitude winds generate an extraordinary aurorae, study finds — ScienceDaily

Leicester space scientists have discovered a never-before-seen mechanism fueling huge planetary aurorae at Saturn. Saturn is unique among planets observed to date in that some of its aurorae are generated by swirling winds within its own atmosphere, and not just from the planet’s surrounding magnetosphere. At all other observed planets, including Earth, aurorae are only … Read more