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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby sparks » Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:01 am

Anaxagoras wrote:Has to be on purpose, although he's pretty deadpan about it.

Something absolutely huge slammed into Uranus when it was still young


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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby Doctor X » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:11 am

He said it was a heavenly body!

--J.D.

P.S. The guy probably figured there was no fucking way he could avoid the obvious English puns so he just went with it. Seriously, no way to avoid:

    Something landed on Uranus.
    Something crashed on Uranus.
    Something smashed into Uranus.
    Something deformed Uranus.
    Something knocked Uranus into a different obit.
    Something . . . SCREW YOU GUYS!

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby Fid » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:37 pm

Well, yeah, something that can knock a gas giant planet on its side will in fact be rather massive.
And furthermore why did Hershel name is damned planet after some friggin ancient god that would be the butt of jokes for centuries?
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby Witness » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:37 pm

News from Ceres:

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This mosaic of a prominent mound located on the western side of Cerealia Facula was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 22, 2018 from an altitude of about 21 miles (34 kilometers).

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This close-up image of the Vinalia Faculae in Occator Crater was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 14, 2018 from an altitude of about 24 miles (39 kilometers).

Details: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/dawn-s-latest-orbit-reveals-dramatic-new-views-of-occator-crater

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby Bruce » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:02 am

So the bright spot wasn't coming from a alien city? :(
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby sparks » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:21 am

Damn!
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby Fid » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:22 pm

Bruce wrote:So the bright spot wasn't coming from a alien city? :(


Probably it was, it's just they have flying cars as we should have (insert political invective here) years ago.
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby Witness » Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:52 am

Bruce wrote:So the bright spot wasn't coming from a alien city? :(
They moved, fleeing the pesky new neighbors. :mrgreen:




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Mars underwent a tremendous planet-wide dust storm -- one of the largest ever recorded from Earth. To show the extent, these two Hubble Space Telescope storm watch images from late June and early September (2001) offer dramatically contrasting views of the martian surface. At left, the onset of smaller "seed" storms can be seen near the Hellas basin (lower right edge of Mars) and the northern polar cap. A similar surface view at right, taken over two months later, shows the fully developed extent of the obscuring global storm. Although this storm eventually waned, in recent days a new large dust storm has been taking hold of the red planet.
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180617.html

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby Witness » Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:53 am

Phobos in front of Mars:

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Postby Witness » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:28 am

Witness wrote:Take a peek: right now Mars is just under the Moon. :)
Follow up:
Mars brighter in 2018 than since 2003

Mars will be brighter than Jupiter – normally, the second-brightest planet and fourth-brightest object in the sky after the sun, moon and planet Venus – between about July 7 and September 7.

Mars is easy to spot in July, 2018, because it’s so bright and red. It’s rising in the east by mid-evening and – for the rest of the night – shines as brightly as Jupiter (which will be more to the west) and more brightly than any star. You’ll also notice Mars for its red color.
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In late July 2018, around the time Earth sweeps between Mars and the sun, Mars will outshine Jupiter by some 1.8 times.

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http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/why-is-mars-sometimes-bright-and-sometimes-faint

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Peter Ryan wrote on July 8, 2018: “I went out to grab a picture of the Milky Way on the coast of Rhode Island over in Newport. When I got done I noticed the red dot on the lower left and couldn’t believe my eyes that it was Mars.”


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