Why Saturn, What Big Rings You Have!

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Whoa Cassini!

From NASA.gov :

The Cassini spacecraft surveys Saturn’s outstretched ring system in the infrared from a vantage point high above the planet’s northern latitudes. Nearly the full expanse of the main rings is visible here — from the C ring to the outer edge of the A ring (in the upper left corner).

Ring shadows are visible on the planet at lower left, and two large storms swirl near center.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 52 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using a combination of spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 (red channel), 890 (blue channel) and 728 (green channel) nanometers. The view was acquired on April 5, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (900,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 81 kilometers (51 miles) per pixel.

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NASA.gov :

Soft hues, partially lit orbs, a thin trace of the ring and slight shadows highlight this understated view of the majestic surroundings of the giant planet Saturn. Looking nearly back toward the sun, the Cassini spacecraft captured the crescent phases of Saturn and its moon Rhea in color a few months ago.

As striking as the above image is, it is but a single frame from a recently released 60-frame silent movie where Rhea can be seen gliding in front of its parent world. Since Cassini was nearly in the plane of Saturn’s rings, the normally impressive rings are visible here only as a thin line across the image center. Cassini has now passed the official half-way mark of its mission around Saturn, but is well situated to complete another two years investigating this complex and surprising system.

I wrote earlier about the soon-to-be possibility of exploring the universe from your desktop.

This isn’t quite the same, but…it’s as close as most of us will ever get to our Neighbors.

Neverthless, feeling a little Martian?

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Meet the new Sky by Saturn. Sexy isn’t she?

But Maybe you want something with a little more Ring?

0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds? It’ll get you to Saturn in no time. 😉

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The Sky Redline. Sexxxxxxxxy!

 (limited edition)

“Baby, you can drive my car
yes, I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you”
(wink)

Thanks to Dad for the NASA pics.

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Fighting Villains, One Dream at a Time.

Dear Superhero,

I wanted to be close to you

Beyond the world of words and real things

I wanted to be close to you

In your dreams

Sleep with me.

They said that we’d meet in a dream

Touch, we closed our eyes

And then we departed

Through space and time

Quiet times I think of you

Then I hear you shout

You’re outside my window

At last you came.

I wanted to be close to you

Beyond the world of words and real things

I wanted to be close to you

In your Dreams

Sleep with me.

I’ve woke into your dreaming tears

And when you awake

You seem a bit further, from me in the day

Dream in close proximity

Stay with me

I think I once saw you and you saw me.

I wanted to be close to you

Beyond the world of words and real things

I wanted to be close to you

In your dreams

Sleep with me.

Did it really happen, did it not.

Did it really happen, did it not.

Did it really happen, did it not.

Did it really happen, did it not.

I wanted to be close to you

Beyond the world of words and real things

I wanted to be close to you

In your dreams.

Amorously,

Wonder Woman.

—————-

Spiral System

Album: In your Dreams

Song : In your Dreams

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The Universe : The Internet

Yesterday, while reading my recent issue of Popular Science, I stumbled upon an article that has me BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZING with excitement!

I don’t believe I’m looking forward to anything “Techno-Cool” , like I’m looking forward to this!

 

From PopSci.com :

Surfing the StarsJonathon Keats

Within a decade, a dream team of astronomers and computer geeks vows to bring a world-class observatory to every desktop, giving anyone with a PC access to remote galaxies and exploding supernovae. The pledge is the result of a partnership announced last winter between a network of 19 national research institutions and engineers from the search-engine giant Google. Their collective objective is to develop potent software to process the estimated 30 terabytes of astronomy imagery (think 12 billion five-megapixel photos) that will stream nightly from the newly built Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, or LSST, slated to go online in 2013. Set atop Cerro Pachón Mountain in Chile, the LSST will be the largest survey scope of its kind, sequentially imaging nearly 20 billion astronomical objects in the night sky twice a week at least 2,000 times over the scope’s 10-year lifetime. Google’s role in this $350-million project (beyond the modest $25,000 annual dues payment) is still largely undefined, but Rob Pike, Google’s principal engineer for the LSST, envisions a tool set akin to Google Earth, which combines a search tool with satellite imagery. So instead of killing time flying over your ideal vacation spot onscreen, you can opt for more productive surfing, such as scanning the skies for hazardous near-Earth asteroids.
HOW IT WORKS
One thousand times as powerful as previous telescopes, the LSST will survey the entire sky every three nights using a wide-angle mirror and a three-billion-pixel digital camera. As the telescope rotates on its base, the camera’s 15-second exposures take in an area 50 times as large as the full moon. Software will compile three-dimensional imagery to produce time-lapse digital “movies” of the universe.

I cannot wait to sit at my desktop and explore the Universe.

WOW.

The Ring of Darkness

Take a good look, it’s hard to miss. That big dark ring, astronomers believe, just might be some proof of Dark matter. “Blatant Proof”

This was taken courtesy of the Hubble telescope.

Dark matter makes up a vast majority of gravity-exerting mass in the universe, while only about 10 percent is matter we can see and touch.

How it was formed?

The ring, 2.6 million light-years wide, formed when two huge clusters of galaxies slammed together in a head-on collision roughly 6 to 7 billion years ago, puffing the mysterious matter outward, the astronomers figure.

If the galactic hit-and-run had occurred outside of Earth’s line of sight, the result might look more like the “Bullet cluster” — another cosmic impact site that astronomers view as strong evidence for dark matter.

Though some scientists are skeptical of the findings ….

“But it shows up in another Hubble camera’s data as well,” he said. “It’s not as clear, but it’s still there. We argue the ring has been seen twice now.”

Isn’t the Universe fascinating?

The complete findings will be detailed in an upcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

After reading this article via Foxnews.com, I have an urge to pull out “The Whole Shebang” by Timothy Ferris.