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WATCH: Stunning animation of what a close encounter with Saturn would look like

To celebrate Saturn reaching opposition in the sky this weekend, the animator known as yeti dynamics posted video of what it would look like if the ringed planet had a close encounter with Earth. For most of May, the Earth will be directly between Saturn and the Sun, meaning that…

‘A complete surprise’: Astronomers find asteroid called ‘Chariklo’ has twin rings

Astonished astronomers said Wednesday they had found rings around an asteroid, the smallest object known to have this feature and only the fifth after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The twin rings around a rock called Chariklo were spotted in June last year as it passed in front of a…

Gargantuan tempest spotted on Saturn

PARIS — Imagine being caught in a thunderstorm as wide as the Earth with discharges of lightning 10,000 times more powerful than normal, flashing 10 times per second at its peak. Now imagine that this storm is still unfolding, eight months later. One of the most violent weather events in…

Europe-sized cyclone batters Saturn for five years

A whirlwind the size of Europe lashed Saturn for five years, becoming the longest-lasting cyclone ever seen on the Solar System’s great planets, scientists reported Wednesday. The cyclone, with a vortex 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) wide, is being tracked by Spanish scientists with images from the pioneering US spacecraft Cassini.…

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