Although the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft probe dissolved into the atmosphere of Saturn last month, its legacy will live on through the data, images and discoveries it transmitted back to Earth over the course of its decades long journey through the solar system.
In 2004, an unmanned spacecraft became the first probe to enter the orbit of Saturn after a six-and-a-half year journey, where it has remained in operation ever since. Christened the Cassini-Huygens after the discoverers of Saturn’s ring divisions and its largest moon, Titan, the probe’s mission consisted of several objectives meant to gather more knowledge about the mysterious ringed planet.
Just before noon on August 21, 2017, the sky began to darken. A drop in temperature accompanied the suddenly dimmed natural light. As the shadows turned closer to darkness, the lamps on The College of Idaho’s campus began to turn on automatically, shining as bright as they would on any summer evening, despite it being the middle of the day.
Explore the wonders of our galaxy as the Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its monthly public show at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 on The College of Idaho campus.
The night’s theme will be solar eclipses, as the United States will experience a full solar eclipse this August, as the moon perfectly aligns between the earth and the sun. Even better, the path of totality will travel through Idaho! Guests will also get an overview of constellations, planets, and moon visible in the February night sky.
Join The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium in exploring the final frontier during its public show at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, as Saturn and the Cassini mission to the beautiful, ringed planet headline the show. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, launched in 1997, has been studying the Saturnian system since 2004. Learn the current status of the mission, enjoy breathtaking images, and learn the constellations and planet locations for the month of April.