Palomar Observatory, San Diego, California. July31, 2005
planet larger than Pluto has been discovered in the outlying regions
of the solar system.
The team using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory, first photographed the Object on October 31, 2003. At that time the object was so far away that its motion could not be detected until they reanalyzed the data in January of this year. Dr. Brown announced their discovery after spending the last seven months studying the planet to better estimate its size and its motions.
The Planet is being designated 2003UB313, but my daughter just named it Planet 10.....
.... I hope there are no "Lectroids"
Cassini Probe May have found Lake on Titan
Cassini probe has located a dark spot on Titan with a smooth,
beach-like outline in the shape of a foot. It may be a methane lake,
mission scientists concur. The dark feature is about the size of
Lake Ontario and located close to the moon's south pole. It resides
in the cloudiest region of Titan with churning storms and
hydrocarbon rains may form.
It is summer in the southern hemisphere of Titan and it is a balmy 300° F below zero. At these temperatures methane fills many of the climatic roles that water fills on Earth. Methane can exist as a solid, a liquid, or a gas, shaping landscapes on Titan, much the same way water does here on Earth.
"It has been suggested that the 'lake' may just be a broad depression filled with dark, solid hydrocarbons that have precipitated from the atmosphere, and the smooth outline may have been the result of some geological activity (the collapse of a sinkhole or volcanic caldera). Scientists hope that future passes of Titan by Cassini will confirm the nature of this newly discovered feature and perhaps even its origin.
Deep Impact Displays its own Fireworks
Monday, July 4, 2005, 6:52 a.m. GMT, the impactor left the Deep impact Mother ship and collided with Comet Tempel 1 at approximately 23,000 mph. The copper-clad, fortified spacecraft blasted a crater and created a bright plume of gas and dust. The Deep Impact mother ship to hi resolution images in succession.
Just before the impactor struck the comet's nucleus, it returned images of it own. Close up details of just a few meters across revealed craters or sinkholes, ridges, plateaus, plains, and surface debris. This is the first time a comet's nucleus has been seen at such high resolution.
A member the ecstatic science team, Don Yeomans, stated, "We've gotten all the data we could possibly ask for, I can't imagine how this could go any better."
After Deep Impact's close-up views of Tempel 1, suspected differences in previous investigated comets, such as Wild 2 by the Star Dust probe last year and Borrelly by Deep space 1 in 2001, are being rethought. Previous theories related to orbital paths and history but mission investigators now surmise that "Something more is going on."
E-mail About Mars
An e-mail is circulating about Mars passing close to the earth and that the event is a once-in-a-umpteen-lifetime astrological phenomenon. Well it was.... back in 2003! Sorry if you missed it but its over folks. The next time Mars is that close I do not think you will even be a memory!