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« Reply #135 on: Sep 25th, 2009, 02:13am »

Time to change the history books, folks.

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It's Official: Water Found on the Moon

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Since man first touched the moon and brought pieces of it back to Earth, scientists have thought that the lunar surface was bone dry. But new observations from three different spacecraft have put this notion to rest with what has been called "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon.

The new findings, detailed in the Sept. 25 issue of the journal Science, come in the wake of further evidence of lunar polar water ice by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and just weeks before the planned lunar impact of NASA's LCROSS satellite, which will hit one of the permanently shadowed craters at the moon's south pole in hope of churning up evidence of water ice deposits in the debris field.

The moon remains drier than any desert on Earth, but the water is said to exist on the moon in very small quantities. One ton of the top layer of the lunar surface would hold about 32 ounces of water, researchers said.

"If the water molecules are as mobile as we think they are even a fraction of them they provide a mechanism for getting water to those permanently shadowed craters," said planetary geologist Carle Pieters of Brown University in Rhode Island, who led one of the three studies in Science on the lunar find, in a statement. "This opens a whole new avenue [of lunar research], but we have to understand the physics of it to utilize it."

Finding water on the moon would be a boon to possible future lunar bases, acting as a potential source of drinking water and fuel.

Apollo turns up dry

When Apollo astronauts returned from the moon 40 years ago, they brought back several samples of lunar rocks.

The moon rocks were analyzed for signs of water bound to minerals present in the rocks; while trace amounts of water were detected, these were assumed to be contamination from Earth, because the containers the rocks came back in had leaked.

"The isotopes of oxygen that exist on the moon are the same as those that exist on Earth, so it was difficult if not impossible to tell the difference between water from the moon and water from Earth," said Larry Taylor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who is a member of one of the NASA-built instrument teams for India's Chandrayaan-1 satellite and has studied the moon since the Apollo missions.

While scientists continued to suspect that water ice deposits could be found in the coldest spots of south pole craters that never saw sunlight, the consensus became that the rest of the moon was bone dry.

But new observations of the lunar surface made with Chandrayaan-1, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and NASA's Deep Impact probe, are calling that consensus into question, with multiple detections of the spectral signal of either water or the hydroxyl group (an oxygen and hydrogen chemically bonded).

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Chandrayaan-1, India's first-ever moon probe, was aimed at mapping the lunar surface and determining its mineral composition (the orbiter's mission ended 14 months prematurely in August after an abrupt malfunction). While the probe was still active, its NASA-built Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) detected wavelengths of light reflected off the surface that indicated the chemical bond between hydrogen and oxygen the telltale sign of either water or hydroxyl.

Because M3 can only penetrate the top few millimeters of lunar regolith, the newly observed water seems to be at or near the lunar surface. M3's observations also showed that the water signal got stronger toward the polar regions. Pieters is the lead investigator for the M3 instrument on Chandrayaan-1.

Cassini, which passed by the moon in 1999 on its way to Saturn, provides confirmation of this signal with its own slightly stronger detection of the water/hydroxyl signal. The water would have to be absorbed or trapped in the glass and minerals at the lunar surface, wrote Roger Clark of the U.S. Geological Survey in the study detailing Cassini's findings.

The Cassini data shows a global distribution of the water signal, though it also appears stronger near the poles (and low in the lunar maria).

Finally, the Deep Impact spacecraft, as part of its extended EPOXI mission and at the request of the M3 team, made infrared detections of water and hydroxyl as part of a calibration exercise during several close approaches of the Earth-Moon system en route to its planned flyby of comet 103P/Hartley 2 in November 2010.

Deep Impact detected the signal at all latitudes above 10 degrees N, though once again, the poles showed the strongest signals. With its multiple passes, Deep Impact was able to observe the same regions at different times of the lunar day. At noon, when the sun's rays were strongest, the water feature was lowest, while in the morning, the feature was stronger.

"The Deep Impact observations of the Moon not only unequivocally confirm the presence of [water/hydroxyl] on the lunar surface, but also reveal that the entire lunar surface is hydrated during at least some portion of the lunar day," the authors wrote in their study.

The findings of all three spacecraft "provide unambiguous evidence for the presence of hydroxyl or water," said Paul Lucey of the University of Hawaii in an opinion essay accompanying the three studies. Lucey was not involved in any of the missions.

The new data "prompt a critical reexamination of the notion that the moon is dry. It is not," Lucey wrote.

Where the water comes from

Combined, the findings show that not only is the moon hydrated, the process that makes it so is a dynamic one that is driven by the daily changes in solar radiation hitting any given spot on the surface.

The sun might also have something to do with how the water got there.

There are potentially two types of water on the moon: that brought from outside sources, such as water-bearing comets striking the surface, or that that originates on the moon.

This second, endogenic, source is thought to possibly come from the interaction of the solar wind with moon rocks and soils.

The rocks and regolith that make up the lunar surface are about 45 percent oxygen (combined with other elements as mostly silicate minerals). The solar wind the constant stream of charged particles emitted by the sun are mostly protons, or positively charged hydrogen atoms.

If the charged hydrogens, which are traveling at one-third the speed of light, hit the lunar surface with enough force, they break apart oxygen bonds in soil materials, Taylor, the M3 team member suspects. Where free oxygen and hydrogen exist, there is a high chance that trace amounts of water will form.

The various study researchers also suggest that the daily dehydration and rehydration of the trace water across the surface could lead to the migration of hydroxyl and hydrogen towards the poles where it can accumulate in the cold traps of the permanently shadowed regions.




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Asteroid attack: Putting Earth's defences to the test

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IT LOOKS inconsequential enough, the faint little spot moving leisurely across the sky. The mountain-top telescope that just detected it is taking it very seriously, though. It is an asteroid, one never seen before. Rapid-survey telescopes discover thousands of asteroids every year, but there's something very particular about this one. The telescope's software decides to wake several human astronomers with a text message they hoped they would never receive. The asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. It is the size of a skyscraper and it's big enough to raze a city to the ground. Oh, and it will be here in three days.





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« Reply #136 on: Sep 25th, 2009, 11:06am »

This just in:

SOLAR FLARE: New-cycle sunspot 1026 is crackling with magnetic activity, and this morning it produced a C-class solar flare. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory's (SOHO's) extreme UV telescope recorded the action around 0100 UT on Sept. 25th:

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If you thought that flare seemed small, you were right. It was about 100-times too weak too affect Earth. During Solar Maximum, such a minor eruption would probably go unnoticed and certainly unmentioned. But during the deepest solar minimum in almost 100 years, it's a big event. A C-flare! The blast raised no radio blackouts or radiation storms--only the hopes of solar observers for something more flamboyant. Stay tuned.

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« Reply #137 on: Oct 8th, 2009, 12:41am »

>>>>>>>>>URGENT UPDATE<<<<<<<<<

LUNAR IMPACT: NASA's LCROSS spacecraft and its Centaur booster rocket will hit the Moon on Friday morning, Oct. 9th, at approximately 4:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 UT). The spectacular double-impact will be broadcast live on NASA TV. Can't wait? Click below to watch a computer-generated preview (11 MB Quicktime):

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/images/lcrossvg/preview.mov

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The impacts are designed to unearth frozen water from the cold and shadowy floor of crater Cabeus near the lunar south pole. Moon water is valuable stuff. It costs about $30,000 to rocket a liter of water from Earth to the Moon. If NASA could find water already on the Moon, it would save a lot of money for future thirsty colonists. H2O also can be split into O2 for breathing and H2 for rocket fuel.

Evidence of water will be sought in two plumes of debris that billow out of Cabeus. The Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter, and several great telescopes on Earth will monitor the plumes for spectral signs of water (H2O) or water fragments (OH). Mission scientists say the plumes might also be visible in backyard telescopes with apertures of at least 10 inches. US observers west of the Mississippi River are favored with darkness and a good view of the Moon when the spacecraft strike. Browse the links below for observing tips:


http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/05oct_lcrossvg.htm

LCROSS Slideshow

http://www.lcross.arc.nasa.gov/resources/cabeus_pointing_chart_GMOS_2009sep12_1335UT.ppt

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33196816/ns/technology_and_science-space


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/33200206#33200206




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Spitzer Discovers Saturn's Largest Ring

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http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/07oct_giantring.htm
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« Reply #138 on: Oct 9th, 2009, 10:49am »

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LUNAR IMPACT! NASA's LCROSS spacecraft and its Centaur booster rocket have hit the lunar surface. The impact flash from the Centaur booster rocket was not bright--it has been described "a dud" visually--but mission scientists say that could be good news, indicative of an impact in loose, relatively water-rich regolith. Mission scientists are sharing first images and results at a post-impact press conference that began at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT). Stay tuned.

The LCROSS mothership took this picture of crater Cabeus during the spacecraft's death plunge into the shadows. "X" marks the point of impact:

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The impacts were designed to excavate frozen water from the crater's cold and shadowy floor. Moon water is valuable stuff. It costs about $30,000 to rocket a liter of water from Earth to the Moon. If NASA could find water already on the Moon, it would save a lot of money for future thirsty colonists. H2O also can be split into O2 for breathing and H2 for rocket fuel.

The Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and several large telescopes on Earth monitored the LCROSS debris plumes for spectral signs of water (H2O) or water fragments (OH). It might take days for their results to become available.

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« Reply #139 on: Oct 16th, 2009, 02:27am »

This might be a problem... (this is double posted in this thread and the 2012 thread)

GIANT RIBBON DISCOVERED AT THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM:

For years, researchers have known that the solar system is surrounded by a vast bubble of magnetism. Called the "heliosphere," it springs from the sun and extends far beyond the orbit of Pluto, providing a first line of defense against cosmic rays and interstellar clouds that try to enter our local space. Although the heliosphere is huge and literally fills the sky, it emits no light and no one has actually seen it. Until now.

NASA's IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) spacecraft has made the first all-sky map of the heliosphere and the results have taken researchers by surprise. The map is bisected by a bright, winding ribbon of unknown origin:

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"This is a shocking new result," says IBEX principal investigator Dave McComas of the Southwest Research Institute. "We had no idea this ribbon existed--or what has created it. Our previous ideas about the outer heliosphere are going to have to be revised."

The two Voyager spacecraft (labeled V1 and V2 in the figure) have spent decades traveling to the edge of the solar system for in situ inspection of whatever might be there--but ironically both spacecraft missed the ribbon. "It's like having two weather stations, but missing the big storm that runs between them," says Eric Christian, IBEX deputy mission scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

At the moment, theorists are "working like crazy" to understand this discovery and how the ribbon might effect the ability of the heliosphere to shield us from cosmic rays. Science@NASA has the full story
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BOOM. With out any warning what so ever, yesterday (Saturday) the Sun launched a CME directly at the earth.

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EARTH-DIRECTED ERUPTION: On Saturday, Oct. 17th, starting around 18:24 UT, a spotless active region in the sun's southern hemisphere erupted, hurling a faint coronal mass ejection (CME) in the general direction of Earth. SOHO's extreme UV telescope recorded this movie of the blast. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on Oct. 19th or 20th when the CME arrives


Be advised. More to come soon.




So the Lunar Impact last week. What happened? Officially a SMALL dust cloud formed and we are just now getting info about it. For most though, no one could see anything. Due to some confusion on NASA's end the real footage of the impact was simulated rather than live. Again, "officially" there was no HUGE dust cloud because it hit in a crater of SODIUM. Kinda odd to hit a crater filled with salt on the moon.... More info coming soon:

LUNAR IMPACT PLUME: There was a plume after all. Observers on Earth had their doubts after LCROSS and its Centaur booster rocket hit the Moon on Friday, Oct. 9th. The twin lunar impacts failed to produce visible plumes of debris, prompting speculation that something had gone wrong. On the contrary, members of the LCROSS science team are now calling the experiment "a smashing success."

Fifteen seconds after the Centaur hit the shadowy floor of crater Cabeus, the LCROSS spacecraft flying 600 km overhead took the following picture of a plume measuring 6 to 8 km wide:

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"There is a clear indication of a plume of vapor and fine debris," says LCROSS principal investigator Tony Colaprete of NASA/Ames. "The ejecta brightness appears to be at the low end of our predictions and this may be a clue to the properties of the material the Centaur hit."

Nine cameras and spectrometers on LCROSS captured every phase of the Centaur's impact: the intial flash, the debris plume, and the creation of the Centaur's crater. "We are blown away by the data returned," says Colaprete. "The team is working hard on the analysis and the data appear to be of very high quality."

But did the impact reveal any water at the bottom of Cabeus? The LCROSS team isn't ready to say yet. Combining their data with those of other observatories and analyzing the full dataset could take weeks. According to NASA, "any new information will undergo the normal scientific review process and will be released as soon as it is available."

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BIG Story here:

http://www.physorg.com/news174918239.html

Jupiter's Moon Europa Has Enough Oxygen For Life
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New research suggests that there is plenty of oxygen available in the subsurface ocean of Europa to support oxygen-based metabolic processes for life similar to that on Earth. In fact, there may be enough oxygen to support complex, animal-like organisms with greater oxygen demands than microorganisms.


Gear up, kids. This means a major mission to Europa will now be in the works. Hmm.. what a coincidence! Already announced in June of 05

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The $700 million "Juno" mission, part of NASA's New Frontiers Program, must be ready for launch by June 30, 2010, although it would take five years for the solar-powered probe to reach its destination.



Just to note: The new news coming in about space is really over 5 years old. We are just now getting it. Important to remember that.






I also need to -re-address this Ribbon thing found at the edge of the solar system.

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What the Heliopause looks like. It is what exists just out side our solar system. Galactic hardcore winds. Nothing could probably survive out there. No star could form, no planet could stay together and no probe could survive.
http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/392292main_JourneyToHeliopauseVis1.mpg

Our Sun (as with all stars) keeps the galactic wind from entering the solar system. That is what keeps us safe here. Lets us send probes to other planets and moons and test the limits of our solar system. The area that exists between instant death wind and our own solar system is called the Heliopause. However.. If this wind was to ever enter our solar system... it would spell doom to every planet for thousands of years. It would instantly remove any atmosphere of any planet or moon and vaporize any organic material it comes in contact with.

What this ribbon could mean is... well.. This is just my take on it. This seems very coincidental all this hoopla over 2012 and end times. All while in 2012 we are set to align to the galactic center of the Milky Way. No one knows what would happen if the Earth were to align with it. Whats out there? Energy? Gravity? Would it effect life? No one knows. Odd how this ribbon of energy popped up in the exact spot where our solar system is entering this galactic center line. (Think of a small ball bobbing up and down around a CD or record. The area where the ball lines up with the side of the CD or record would be the galactic center) We do this every 22 thousand years.... Anyone know anyone from 22 thousand years ago? That's kinda what is scary in this story.

Got me now? Good, watch the rest of the videos now.

http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/392551main_EricVis2AllSkyMapWithVoyagersSmall.mpg

http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/392299main_DaveVis3VoyagerVsIBEXData512x288.mpg

http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/392305main_DaveVisual4_512x288.mpg

http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/392315main_DaveVis6_2IBEXMapsTheEdgeViaOrit512x384.mpg

http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/392988main_IBEXskymap512x288.mpg

http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/392321main_DaveVis8RibbonFeature512x288.mpg

http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/392978main_RosineGalaxyZoom512x288.mpg




And this is how these protective spheres look to us looking at other solar systems:

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« Reply #141 on: Oct 23rd, 2009, 7:19pm »

Great thing that we're getting more information about the Heliosphere, and the Heliosheath, heliopause, etc. Because without that knowledge, any future hope of interstellar travel will have to be immune to the Galactic and stellar winds from the interstellar medium. I find that find intriguing. As for that CME, is there any facility or organization that archives Auroral photos? I'd like the see the result of these CME's on a regular basis, as I check SOHO and such therewith. Interesting stuff man, keep this up to date. Do you get this news from Spaceweather.com, or SOHO, or elsewhere?



On a side note:

I'm back to WPPC! I missed y'all. I've been studying and researching for the Past few months on Solar Activity, and I remember Jackolope's intricate threads and posts about them, they've always interested me, and now that I can understand them, I've a newfangled appreciation for Solar occurrences. So, look foward to me being active! (On the forums, at least. I'm still unable to play on the WPPC servers, but I'll be seeking help from you guys in the near future.)

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« Reply #142 on: Oct 23rd, 2009, 11:43pm »

<S> Vho! Long time no see!

Glad to have ya back! Now to business. Oh yes, I do keep up with space news quite well. I feel if we are all doomed by an asteroid or some inter-galactic space ribbon of death(2012) then amateurs on space weather will probably be the first place we will hear about it. I get my news mostly from Space Weather It is a good site! Updated every day and has pictures and stories from amateurs. From my standpoint, the less red tape (government handled) news I get then the better it is. I've only seen maybe 1 thing that seemed fishy on space weather and that was the lunar impact a few weeks ago. I'm still getting a post together about that one.. All that just seemed very ODD. And if you didn't think it was then you should.... I mean srsly... over hyped big time then ----plop---- "OOPS! Looks like no pictures! We will tell you in a few months what really happened" I also get my news from SOHO. It is very good and official. Which can be nice.
http://www.physorg.com/ is a nice site too.

For un-official.. lol This kookie guys is pretty cool. http://www.lunarobservers.com/
He runs a live webcam 24/7 of just.. well... the moon! lol. Good to see if you wake up one day and you just HAVE to know if the moon is still there or not.

Now here is where we get kinda goofy but there is very good data here. Richard C. Hoagland (All readers at once: *groan*) Has ran some great conspiracy based websites over the years and still puts out great data that doesn't always go through NASA first. He has some friends who work for NASA and leak him info from time to time. Each time I have ever heard him say "I have 100% accurate data here that will be released next month" he is right! The thing he said a month ago actually happens at the time he says it will "officially" so I tend to believe some of the things he says. His newest site is a (gasp) facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/tffrontier?ref=mf
And no, not all his posts are about "I think we have a military base on the moon" His first article today is:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18030-found-first-skylight-on-the-moon.html

A large hole in the moon found.
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And that is legit! Wonder where it leads and how it formed? hmmm...

Also on the kookie side of news. I check Coast to Coast AM and check the news on the bottom right of the page. Ya find some interesting news blurbs there sometimes. And if it is a big story there will usually be a guest on the radio show that night to talk about it. Which leads me to my next source... The Radio. I listen to the radio and when I hear someone say a story I type in the headline on google and see what pops up. All those things is where I get mah news from mostly. I probably missed a few. I'll remember though.
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Just rambling for now- I can't believe that no one is commenting on the energy ribbon found. To me that is like HUGE! No one thinks it is a bit ODD that the exact spot where we can SEE the galactic center (arm of milky way) there is an energy ribbon forming? That is just a bit WEIRD.

Ok so, enough rambling. How about an update?

Martian Dust Devil Trails
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap091021.html

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In this portion of a recent hi-res image from the camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, twisting dark trails are seen over the lighter terrain of the Martian surface. Such trails are thought to be the work of wind vortices or "dust devils."



Neat one here:
Nearly Three DOZEN Extra-solar planets found
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/091019-exoplanet-harps.html

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Astronomers announced today the discovery of 32 extrasolar planets, some just five times the mass of Earth and others five times heftier than giant Jupiter.

The findings significantly boost the number of planets closer to Earth in size and help astronomers better understand what types of stars birth what kinds of planets.


That is srsly cool.

Here is Another source

Ok folks....HOLD ON TO YOUR BROAD BAND! NEW CASSINI PIX HAVE BEEN RELEASED!
(that would be the probe sent to Saturn for all you n00bs)

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Tethys passes a blury Titan. (odd, all the images of Titan are blury in this set.)

Here is a big fat source:
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/10/saturn_at_equinox.html


And these are AMAZING.

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This series of images of Janus, one of Saturns's smaller moons, shows strips of light and shadow passing over its face. Janus is in the shadow of Saturn's rings, and is briefly lit by a stripe of sunlight as it passes behind a gap in the rings. Photos taken on August 27, 200


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The moon Prometheus and its nearby disturbance of Saturn's F ring. Prometheus periodically gores the F ring, drawing out streamers of material from the ring. The image was taken in visible light at a distance of approximately 950,000 km (590,000 mi) from Saturn

(there is something odd going on out here btw..)



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Jagged looking shadows stretch away from vertical structures of ring material created by the moon Daphnis, a bright dot (8 km, or 5 mi across) casting a thin shadow just to the left of the center of the image. The moon has an inclined orbit, and its gravitational pull perturbs the orbits of the particles of the A ring forming the Keeler Gap's edge and sculpting the edge into waves having both horizontal (radial) and out-of-plane components. These scenes are possible only during the few months before and after Saturn's equinox, which occurs only once in about 15 Earth years. This image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 26, 2009, at a distance of approximately 823,000 km (511,000 mi) from Daphnis.


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Another view of waves in the edges of the Keeler gap in Saturn's A ring, created by the embedded moon Daphnis. Image acquired on July 11, 2009, at a distance of approximately 496,000 km (308,000 mi) from Daphnis

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This animated series of images of Saturn's F Ring was acquired by Cassini on June 10, 2009. Shepherd moons Prometheus (inner) and Pandora (outer) pass by, alternately smoothing and disturbing the particles that make up the ring. Kinks, knots, wakes and disturbances are apparent in the thin ring as it rotates.
(BTW, those that are following my posts past week or so, this moon has LOTS of gravity for some reason... This is a good visual example of torsion physics.)



Do check the source, there are many many more.

All for now. K BYE!

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Just rambling for now- I can't believe that no one is commenting on the energy ribbon found. To me that is like HUGE! No one thinks it is a bit ODD that the exact spot where we can SEE the galactic center (arm of milky way) there is an energy ribbon forming? That is just a bit WEIRD.


I made a remark on it in my previous post! cool

Anyways, those Martian Dust Devils are really interesting! (Cleansing our probes never hurts, LOL.) It says they're correlated with Dust storms and vortices on Planet Earth, but perhaps the reason why they're so tall and lengthy on Mars is due to its extent of Heat and radial exposure, as opposed to the moderate and temperate conditions on Earth. Interesting stuff! Reminds me a bit of prominences on the sun, all similar to an arch.

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Dang, man! Almost as big as the Himalayas! Some intriguing stuff right there.


As for that ambiguous hole in the moon..
Perhaps it was a passage for water, or even magmatic avenues of some sort? Really open to interpretation. Maybe some sort of probe can be sent there, if NASA or the ESA becomes curious enough. Cool stuff! cool
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« Reply #144 on: Oct 28th, 2009, 12:02am »

Just a few things. I'll write today's:

LUNAR CONJUNCTION OF JUPITER:

On October 26th, during civil twilight and after, Jupiter was brightly displayed in correspondence with the 1st quarter moon. It was visible even through lightly layered clouds, and light polluted urban vicinities. Here are some Photographs of the event:

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MOST ACTIVE SUNSPOT FIELD THUS FAR: (1029):

The aforementioned Sunspot that has arisen on October 23rd, labeled Sunspot 1029, has released a total of Six C-Class(See spoiler in Oct. 25th synopsis) Solar Flares into the interplanetary medium. This has put it on the pedestal of 2009's most active sunspot. Here is its chronological evolution from Oct. 23rd - contemporary positioning on the sun's axial rotation:

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Here are a few grayscale photographs of Sunspot 1029's superficial activity:

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Forecasters estimate a 5% chance of an M-class flare in the next 24 hours. I think it it will subsequently release a multitude of minor C-Class Solar Flares within the period of facing towards Earth, and perhaps a CME if the conditions support it. I'll keep you guys updated.



MYSTERIOUS OBJECT FOUND IN GEOCENTRIC ORBIT:

A small piece of matter, in a 31 day geocentric orbit has been found, an temporarily adopted the name of object "9U01FF6." Some theories propagate that the "Mysterious object" could very well be a fragment of missions from the Apollo-Era. Astronomers will be able to view this object better during its periapsis, 82,000(50952 Miles) from Earth on October 29th.




CORONAL HOLES:

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There were no significant Coronal holes in the direction of Earth Today, so expect low auroral buoyancy.












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« Reply #145 on: Oct 28th, 2009, 12:50am »

Great update! w00t!

Dang that sunspot is getting big! One thing ya posted:
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MYSTERIOUS OBJECT FOUND IN GEOCENTRIC ORBIT:

A small piece of matter, in a 31 day geocentric orbit has been found, an temporarily adopted the name of object "9U01FF6." Some theories propogate that the "Mysterious object" could very well be a fragment of missions from the Apollo-Era. Astronomers will be able to view this object better during its periapsis, 82,000(50952 Miles) from Earth on October 29th.



Whoa! I wonder what that is!? 50k miles above the Earth. Now either that is one big (secret) military satellite or it is from the apollo era.... wonder if it is ours?


I'll offer up 2 news stories.

Panel tells Obama: Asteroids should be next small step for man in space Missions to asteroids? Better back a few lunches.. Would be the easiest way to get way out there to the outer planets by hitching a ride on one. Not a ride I'd want to plan for though... shocked


Next up: Richard C. Hoagland publishes new theory. (I like this one....)

NASA's Smoking Gun part 2

What the LCROSS Mission really was about. Remember that hole found in the moon? Remember how when the bomb hit the moon there was no flash?
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Does make a bit of sense that it actually punched though a false floor on the moon. I mean, it looks the same. From where the bomb hit the F-16 through the bunker, only a small bit of smoke was seen coming from that hole. Meanwhile all hell is breaking loose under the bunker and the F-16 is destroyed. The bomb that fell on the moon could have fallen into a similar landscape. Whether it is a natural landscape or designed by someone is beyond me though.


PS-in case your are interested in part one of this story from Hoagland here it is
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INDONESIAN ASTEROID: Picture this: A 10-meter wide asteroid hits Earth and explodes in the atmosphere with the energy of a small atomic bomb. Frightened by thunderous sounds and shaking walls, people rush out of their homes, thinking that an earthquake is in progress. All they see is a twisting trail of debris in the mid-day sky:



This really happened on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, Indonesia. The Earth-shaking blast received remarkably little coverage in Western press, but meteor scientists have given it their full attention. "The explosion triggered infrasound sensors of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) more than 10,000 km away," report researchers Elizabeth Silber and Peter Brown of the Univ. of Western Ontario in an Oct. 19th press release. Their analysis of the infrasound data revealed an explosion at coordinates 4.5S, 120E (close to Bone) with a yield of about 50 kton of TNT. That's two to three times more powerful than World War II-era atomic bombs.

The asteroid that caused the blast was not known before it hit and took astronomers completely by surprise. According to statistical studies of the near-Earth asteroid population, such objects are expected to collide with Earth on average every 2 to 12 years. "Follow-on observations from other instruments or ground recovery efforts would be very valuable in further refining this unique event," say Silber and Brown.


I had no idea this happened! shocked
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« Reply #147 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 06:59am »

That's strange, man. I didn't know that happened either. I would've expected to hear about an ASTEROID impact with Earth on the News, or something.

Anyways: October 30th's update:



SUNSPOT 1029 DEPARTS WESTERN LIMB:

The reign of Sunspot 1029 now draws to a close as it disappears to the opposite side of the sun. It surpassed the threshold of being 2009's most active Sunspot. Within the next 24 hours, it will slip off of the Sun's western limb. Here is Sunspot 1029's history from its abrupt emergence to its deviation:

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And 1029's Surface slipping off of the western limb:

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AURORAL ACTIVITY: OCTOBER 30TH:

The Interplanetary magnetic field (also known as IMF) changed its direction towards the south, and decrepited the level of our Magnetosphere's defense. Just in time for All Hallow's Eve! Here's a picture from Alaska:

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CORONAL HOLES:

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There's been a coronal breach today, on October 30th, and the solar wind gust that discharged should impact Earth on Nov. 6th, sparking auroral activity around Earth's dipoles.



That's all for Today, folks. Look for updates.
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That same sunspot is still very angry and has been since October!

GLANCING BLOW: Arctic sky watchers should be alert for Northern Lights on Nov. 5th. NOAA forecasters say there is a chance that a coronal mass ejection (CME) will hit Earth's magnetic field, and the impact could spark a high-latitude geomagnetic storm. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded this movie of the CME:

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The billon-ton cloud was blown into space by departing sunspot 1029 on Oct. 31st. Normally, CMEs take only two or three days to reach Earth, but during the deep solar minimum of 2008-2009, the clouds have slowed to a veritable crawl. Crossing the sun-Earth divide now requires about five days, so an Oct. 31st CME should arrive on Nov. 5th. Because the blast was not squarely Earth-directed, the sluggish CME will deliver at most a glancing blow. NOAA forecasters estimate a 5% chance of strong geomagnetic storms around Earth's poles


So the old spot is angry but what about the new spots?

Sunspots are trying to emerge at the circled locations. They do not yet show up in SOHO white light images, but the active regions are clear in this magnetic map. Photo credit: SOHO/MDI

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MERCURY'S COMET-LIKE TAIL: The ultrathin atmosphere of Mercury is blown back by solar radiation pressure, forming an enormous comet-like tail. NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft flew through that tail on Sept. 29th and found it less enormous than it used to be. The following diagram compares the situation in Oct. 2008 vs. Sept. 2009:
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Red traces the distribution of sodium atoms detected by a spectrometer onboard MESSENGER. "The neutral sodium tail, so prominent in our first two flybys of Mercury, is now significantly reduced in extent," announced planetary scientist Ron Vervack at a NASA press conference yesterday.

The material in Mercury's tail comes from the surface of the planet itself, which is blasted by solar wind and micrometeorites. During MESSENGER's recent flyby of Mercury, the net effect of solar radiation pressure was small, and the sodium atoms were not accelerated away from the sun as they were during the earlier flybys, resulting in a diminished planetary tail. That's space weather.
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BLUE ICE ON THE RED PLANET: Wake up before dawn, go outside, and look straight up. That eerie red "star" staring back down at you is Mars. The red planet is approaching Earth for a close encounter in January 2010 and it is already brighter than a first-magnitude star.

Next, point a telescope at the red planet and you'll see a surprising splash of icy blue:
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"Mars' north polar cap is big enough and bright enough to be seen though most backyard telescopes at medium to high power," says Joel Warren of Amarillo, Texas, who took the picture, above, on Halloween using an 11 inch Celestron telescope.

On Mars, northern winter has just ended and clouds which normally hover over the martian arctic are breaking up, allowing the planet's great ice cap to be seen. "This apparition will offer observers the best view of the North





The next group of stories I will re edit the post later and add details. I swear I keep running out of time when I'm online this week.. UGG!


Einstein's Theory proven by Hubble.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1223853/Nasa-Fermi-telescope-uncovers-proof-Einsteins-space-time-theory.html


http://www.physorg.com/news176657727.html

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427333.500-tv-switchover-triggers-rush-to-see-rare-stars.html

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/091105-am-intelligent-aliens.html

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20091105/BREAKINGNEWS/91105032/1007/news02/New%20type%20of%20supernova%20discovered

http://www.floridatoday.com/content/blogs/space/2009/11/nasa-aims-for-2012-ares-test-flight.shtml

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20091104/BREAKINGNEWS/91104042/1007/news02/Success%20in%20%20space%20elevator%20%20competition

http://www.physorg.com/news176545232.html

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/091103-galaxies-cosmic-web.html

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18094-cassini-makes-deepest-dive-yet-into-saturn-moons-jets.html

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18094-cassini-makes-deepest-dive-yet-into-saturn-moons-jets.html

http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1638&category=Science
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November 7th, 2009 Synopsis:

PROBABLE DECAY OF SUNSPOT 1030:

As of today, November 7th, Sunspot 1030 is decaying and is estimated to perhaps disappear from the realm of significance by the end of today. Here is its current position:


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This particular sunspot(1030) was never expected to be any form of threat, as far as CME's or Solar Flares go. It will likely die by the end of today, if not, I'll keep you guys posted.






OCTOBER 31ST CME FROM SUNSPOT 1029:

In subsequent news to what Jackolope posted, the Coronal Mass Ejection(CME) from the ardent Sunspot 1029 was released from the Sun's western limb on October 31st, Halloween. This CME was said to have a 5% chance of intense or prominent Geomagnetic activity in the Earth's dipolar regions. Alas, On November 5th, auroral activity spotters were disappointed and saw no auroral activity. The impact was so slight and negligible that it produced no Northern or Southern lights. Either that, or the Coronal Mass Ejection missed Earth altogether. Here are the Auroral activity plots from the POES(Polar Operational Environmental Satellite) for the nocturnal hours of November 5th and the Predawn hours of November 6th:

Dipoles:
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NOVEMBER 5TH SUNSPOT 1029 CME FROM FARSIDE OF SUN:

If you've been keeping up with the updates, you should know about the infamous Sunspot 1029 and it's sole and supreme reign over the Earth side of the sun from the start of emergence on October 23rd. It has earned the label of 2009's most active Sunspot, releasing several C-Class Solar Flares, while minor, flares Nonetheless. As you also should know from the updates, it recently slipped off of the sun's Western limb in a very powerful and incendiary state. One may predict it would cause havoc on the enigmatic far side of the sun. On November 5th, There was a garganutan Coronal Mass Ejection(CME) released from the far side of the sun. It is extremely likely that this was the cause of Sunspot 1029's inflammatory activity. If Sunspot 1029 does not digress or submit into decay, it should reprise upon the Sun's Eastern limb in approximately a week or so from now. These CME's are indicating Sunspot 1029 is still alive and trhiving! Here is a 14-Hour time elapse of The Coronal Mass Ejection(CME) from SOHO's LASCO C3 Coronagraph:
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Here is its Angle exposure and distribution:



Here is the plotting of its velocity distrubtion(in Km/s):










TAURID METEOR SHOWERS:

From around November 5th to November 12th, at around midnight or so, look around the Constellation Taurus for very bright and fervid, incandescent meteors. If coniditons are right, you should be able to see more or less 5 streaks/meteors per hour. They are primeval and indigenous to the Taurus area, hence the name "Taurids." Here is the Sky map from the direction in which they will come from:




Here are some photographs of recent Taurids:
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