Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

Research Highlights

Nov 2014: Death Star moon may be 'wonky or watery' Thumb

Nov 2014: Death Star moon may be 'wonky or watery'

"When we saw this wobbling, the first thing we thought of was an ocean” Dr Radwan Tajeddine Cornell University
May 2014: Plastic 'Wrong-Way' Dunes Arise On Saturn Moon Titan Thumb

May 2014: Plastic 'Wrong-Way' Dunes Arise On Saturn Moon Titan

Physics major George McDonald ’14, who graduates May 25, attributes the oddball orientation of the dunes to long timescale changes in Saturn’s and Titan’s orbit around the sun, similar to the changes that cause ice ages on Earth.
April 2014: Saturn moon reveals a cosmic, crust-covered sea Thumb

April 2014: Saturn moon reveals a cosmic, crust-covered sea

According to Professor Jonathan Lunine one of the authors of “The Gravity Field and Interior Structure of Enceladus,” a small moon of Saturn divulges something splashy: the thick, icy, crusty surface of Enceladus conceals a deep briny sea – made of water – with enough warmth and minerals to possibly nurture life.
April 2014: Undergraduate Roger Michaelides Mentioned in Planetary Society Blog Thumb

April 2014: Undergraduate Roger Michaelides Mentioned in Planetary Society Blog

Roger Michaelides looked closely at the RADAR properties of Titan's empty lake basins and found them to be radar-bright, distinct from the materials outside the basins, suggesting that they are filled with evaporite deposits.