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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Saturn's Northern Hexagon

    06/18/2023 12:54:16 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | 18 Jun, 2023 | Image Credit & Copyright: NASA, ESA, JPL, SSI, Cassini Imaging Team
    Explanation: Why would clouds form a hexagon on Saturn? Nobody is sure. Originally discovered during the Voyager flybys of Saturn in the 1980s, nobody has ever seen anything like it anywhere else in the Solar System. Acquiring its first sunlit views of far northern Saturn in late 2012, the Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera recorded this stunning, false-color image of the ringed planet's north pole. The composite of near-infrared image data results in red hues for low clouds and green for high ones, giving the Saturnian cloudscape a vivid appearance. This and similar images show the stability of the hexagon even...
  • Saturn reclaims 'moon king' title with 62 newfound satellites, bringing total to 145

    05/12/2023 1:02:40 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Space ^ | May 12, 2023 | By Robert Lea
    Sorry, Jupiter. Astronomers have discovered 62 new moons orbiting the ringed planet Saturn. The satellite haul brings the planet's total number of moons to over 100 and also means the gas giant takes back the crown as the solar system's "moon king" from Jupiter. Prior to this discovery, Saturn had 83 moons recognized by the International Astronomical Union(opens in new tab), so the new batch brings the total number to an incredible 145. The discovery marks another milestone for Saturn, with the planet becoming the first world in the cosmos known to be orbited by more than 100 moons. The...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Egyptian Zodiac Murals Beneath 2,000 Years of Dirt

    04/03/2023 12:02:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    ARTnews ^ | April 3, 2023 | SHANTI ESCALANTE-DE MATTEI
    Archaeologists with the University of Tübingen, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, uncovered ancient Egyptian murals depicting the zodiac signs beneath 2,000 years of grime and soot in the Temple of Esna. The archaeologists have been working to restore the temple, which lies on the West Bank of the Nile, near the city of Luxor, which was once known as Thebes. “The zodiac was used to decorate private tombs and sarcophagi and was of great importance in astrological texts, such as horoscopes found inscribed on pottery sherds,” Dr. Daniel von Recklinghausen, a Tübingen researcher, said in...
  • Saturn is doing something never seen before in our solar system "The secret has been hiding in plain view for 40 years."

    04/01/2023 6:02:27 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 31 replies
    Talker News ^ | March 31 | Dean Murray
    Saturn's rings are heating its atmosphere, according to a new study. Scientists announced the finding on March 30, which they say has never been seen before in our solar system. A NASA spokesperson said: "The secret has been hiding in plain view for 40 years. But it took the insight of a veteran astronomer to pull it all together within a year, using observations of Saturn from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and retired Cassini probe, in addition to the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and the retired International Ultraviolet Explorer mission. "The discovery: Saturn's vast ring system is heating the...
  • In Photos: Egypt's first complete Zodiac uncovered in Luxor's Temple of Esna

    03/24/2023 11:08:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | Sunday 19 Mar 2023 | Nevine El-Aref
    Egypt's first complete Zodiac was uncovered on the ceiling of the Temple of Esna in Luxor governorate during restoration work carried out by an Egyptian-German expedition...After five years of cleaning and restoration work, the joint Egyptian-German mission uncovered a bright and colourful astronomical representation of the ancient Egyptian night sky.The relief contains all the twelve Zodiac signs, the outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, as well as depictions of the so-called seven arrows and constellations used by the ancient Egyptians in time measurement....these findings were not recorded by the temple's previous publication by late French Egyptologist Serge Sauneron, who...
  • Mercury Joins Great Planet Alignment

    04/26/2002 5:05:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 265+ views ^ | 4/26/02 | Joe Rao
    During the past couple of weeks, skywatchers around the world have been observing the western evening sky soon after sundown, as four naked-eye planets -- Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter - have stretched out in a long line. The line has slowly contracted each night, as the four planets draw closer to each other.Even the Moon got involved, closely passing each of the four planets over a span of five nights in mid-April. Now through the first days of May will likely be the best time to see yet a fifth planet: Mercury. Mercury has actually been visible for the...
  • See a rare alignment of all the planets in the night sky

    06/16/2022 3:19:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | JUNE 16, 2022 | ANDREW FAZEKAS
    A grand celestial reunion is due in Earth’s skies throughout June. Sky-watchers will get a rare chance to see all the major planets in our solar system bunched together—with the moon joining the festivities, too, from June 17 to June 27. This rare alignment includes the five planets easily spotted with the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Each is bright enough to be seen even in light-polluted city skies, with brilliant Venus being the brightest and Mercury the faintest. Our closest planets will appear to be arranged across the sky in the same order as their distance...
  • 5 planets to form rare alignment in the sky this weekend

    06/03/2022 2:00:22 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 3, 2022 | Denise Chow
    Five planets will be visible in the predawn sky this weekend, offering an opportunity for sky watchers to see a rare alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with the naked eye. Beginning Friday and lasting through this month, the five planets will appear strung across the eastern horizon before sunrise. The parade of planets will be aligned in order of their distance from the sun, with Mercury, closest to the star, appearing lowest on the horizon and Saturn highest in the night sky. For the best views, sky watchers in the Northern Hemisphere should head outside roughly 30...
  • The Planets are Prepping for An Epic Alignment – Here’s How to Watch it Shape Up

    04/16/2022 12:34:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    The Good News Network ^ | Apr 15, 2022 | Andy Corbley -
    This Sunday, April 17th, Jupiter will move into position closest to the eastern horizon, and almost on top of Venus. A bit south and above will be Mars looking very red, and then Saturn further up and further south. For most people in North America, the ideal time will be to go out and look southeast about 45 minutes before the sun begins to rise. On April 23rd, the Moon will appear in conjunction with the other spheres, appearing to the right and above Saturn, before moving off again by April 29th. In mid-June, due to its rapid orbiting around...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Planetary Alignment over Italy

    12/19/2021 2:21:31 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 13 replies ^ | 19 Dec, 2021 | Image Credit & Copyright: Antonio Finazzi
    Explanation: It is not a coincidence that planets line up. That's because all of the planets orbit the Sun in (nearly) a single sheet called the plane of the ecliptic. When viewed from inside that plane -- as Earth dwellers are likely to do -- the planets all appear confined to a single band. It is a coincidence, though, when three of the brightest planets all appear in nearly the same direction. Such a coincidence was captured earlier this month. Featured above (right to left), Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter were all imaged together in a line just after sunset, from...
  • Days before Christmas, Jupiter and Saturn will look like one bright star — some believe the alignment is the same described in the Bible

    11/28/2020 12:11:05 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2020 | Carlos Garcia
    A rare event in the heavens just ahead of Christmas will feature an alignment of planets that a famous astronomer believed was the phenomenon that is mentioned in the Bible when Jesus Christ was born. The alignment of Jupiter and Saturn will appear in the skies on December 21, the winter solstice. The last time the rare alignment of the planets was this close was in 1623, nearly 400 years ago. That was only 14 years after Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter with the invention of the telescope. Another famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, posited in 1614 that the alignment...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Saturns Iapetus: Moon with a Strange Surface

    02/26/2023 12:42:59 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 25 replies ^ | 26 Feb, 2023 | Image Credit: NASA, ESA, JPL, SSI, Cassini Imaging Team
    Explanation: What would make a moon look like a walnut? A strange ridge that circles Saturn's moon Iapetus's equator, visible near the bottom of the featured image, makes it appear similar to a popular edible nut. The origin of the ridge remains unknown, though, with hypotheses including ice that welled up from below, a ring that crashed down from above, and structure left over from its formation perhaps 100 million years ago. Also strange is that about half of Iapetus is so dark that it can nearly disappear when viewed from Earth, while the rest is, reflectively, quite bright. Observations...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Cassini Looks Out from Saturn

    12/23/2022 2:48:09 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 7 replies ^ | 23 Dec, 2022 | Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute
    Explanation: This is what Saturn looks like from inside the rings. In 2017, for the first time, NASA directed the Cassini spacecraft to swoop between Saturn and its rings. During the dive, the robotic spacecraft took hundreds of images showing unprecedented detail for structures in Saturn's atmosphere. Looking back out, however, the spacecraft was also able to capture impressive vistas. In the featured image, taken a few hours before closest approach, Saturn's unusual northern hexagon is seen surrounding the North Pole. Saturn's B ring is the closest visible, while the dark Cassini Division separates B from the outer A. A...
  • James Webb Space Telescope’s MIRI Instrument Restored to Full Functionality

    11/08/2022 11:35:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Scitech Daily ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2022 | NASA
    NASA James Webb Space Telescope Multilayered Sunshield In this illustration, the multilayered sunshield on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope stretches out beneath the observatory’s honeycomb mirror. The sunshield is the first step in cooling down Webb’s infrared instruments, but the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) requires additional help to reach its operating temperature. Credit: NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez The Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has four observational modes. After measuring increased friction in one of the grating wheels used in MIRI’s medium resolution spectrometry (MRS) mode, the Webb team paused science observations using this specific mode on August...
  • The Curious Case of Missing Asteroids

    03/03/2009 7:31:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies · 720+ views
    NASA Solar System Exploration ^ | February 25, 2009 | Lori Stiles
    University of Arizona scientists have uncovered a curious case of missing asteroids. The main asteroid belt is a zone containing millions of rocky objects between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The scientists find that there ought to be more asteroids there than researchers observe. The missing asteroids may be evidence of an event that took place about 4 billion years ago, when the solar system's giant planets migrated to their present locations. UA planetary sciences graduate student David A. Minton and UA planetary sciences professor Renu Malhotra say missing asteroids is an important piece of evidence to support an...
  • Gas Giants Jump Into Planet Formation Early

    06/27/2007 1:26:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 169+ views
    Science Daily ^ | January 9, 2007 | University of Arizona
    This is an artist's concept of a hypothetical 10-million-year-old star system. The bright blur at the center is a star much like our sun. The other orb in the image is a gas-giant planet like Jupiter. Wisps of white throughout the image represent traces of gas. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found evidence showing that gas-giant planets either form within the first 10 million years of a sun-like star's life, or not at all. The lifespan for sun-like stars is about 10 billion years. The scientists came to this conclusion after searching for traces of gas around...
  • 'Jupiter swallowed planet 10 times the size of Earth'

    08/13/2010 12:01:53 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, might have gained its dominant position after swallowing up a smaller planet, scientists believe. Studies on Jupiter have revealed that the giant planet, which is more than 120 times bigger than the Earth, has an extremely small core that weighs just two to 10 Earth masses. Now scientists have claimed that Jupiter's core might have been vaporised in huge collision with a planet up to ten times the size of Earth, the New Scientist reported. Researchers led by by Shu Lin Li of Peking University in China have modelled what might have...
  • Ted Cruz and the Ice Giants

    01/18/2015 12:56:41 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 1-17-2015 | Josh Gelernter
    JANUARY 17, 2015 Ted Cruz and the Ice Giants Senator Ted Cruz now oversees NASA, and that’s a very good thing.By Josh Gelernter Neptune, photographed by Voyager 2 in 1989. (NASA)With the GOP in charge of the Senate, Ted Cruz has taken charge of the Science, Space, and Competitiveness subcommittee. Which means Ted Cruz now oversees NASA. On Wednesday, Cruz issued a statement saying that “Our space program marks the frontier of future technologies for defense, communications, transportation and more, and our mindset should be focused on NASA’s primary mission: exploring space and developing the wealth of new technologies that...
  • Scientists depict Dragonfly landing site on Saturn moon Titan

    09/28/2022 12:16:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 3 replies
    Phys Org ^ | by Blaine Friedlander, Cornell University
    Left: mosaic of the incidence-angle-corrected SAR swaths within the ROI. Right: geomorphological map of the ROI. Credit: The Planetary Science Journal (2022). DOI: 10.3847/PSJ/ac8428 When NASA's 990-pound Dragonfly rotorcraft reaches the Selk crater region—the mission's target touchdown spot—on Saturn's moon Titan in 2034, Cornell's Léa Bonnefoy will have helped to make it a smooth landing. Bonnefoy and her colleagues assisted the future arrival by characterizing the equatorial, hummocky, knoll-like landscape by combining and analyzing all of the radar images of the area acquired by the Cassini spacecraft during its historic 13 year exploration of the Saturn system. They used radar...
  • Now We Know Why Jupiter Doesn't Have Big, Glorious Rings Like Saturn

    07/25/2022 11:54:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Science Alert ^ | MICHELLE STARR | 25 JULY 2022
    One of Jupiter's tenuous rings can be seen in this infrared image. (NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI/Judy Schmidt) Given its similarities to its neighbor, Saturn, it seems natural to ask why Jupiter doesn't also have a magnificent, extensive system of visible rings. Alas, it's not the reality. While Jupiter does have rings, they're thin, tenuous, flimsy things of dust, visible only when back-lit by the Sun. According to new research, these discount rings lack bling because Jupiter's posse of chonky Galilean moons keep discs of rock and dust from accumulating the way they do around Saturn. "It's long bothered me why Jupiter doesn't have...