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Jupiter moon 'full of holes' (2002)
BBC News Online ^ | Tuesday, December 10, 2002 | Dr David Whitehouse
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Neptune Might Have Captured Triton
Space.com on Yahoo | 5/10/06 | Sara Goudarzi
Posted on 05/10/2006 3:31:09 PM EDT by NormsRevenge
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extrasolar:

Death Spiral: Why Theorists Can't Make Solar Systems
SPACE.com | Tue March 28, 2006 | Ker Than
Posted on 03/29/2006 1:21:37 PM EST by SunkenCiv
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Sizzling Comets Circle a Dying Star
NASA press release | July 11, 2001 | Dr. Tony Phillips
Posted on 03/15/2006 10:51:58 AM EST by SunkenCiv
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outer planets:

Jupiter moon 'full of holes' (2002)
BBC News Online | Tuesday, December 10, 2002 | Dr David Whitehouse
Posted on 05/14/2006 11:31:52 PM EDT by SunkenCiv
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot Has Companion
NY Times | May 5, 2006 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Posted on 05/07/2006 2:05:13 PM EDT by neverdem
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1628232/posts

Neptune Might Have Captured Triton
Space.com on Yahoo | 5/10/06 | Sara Goudarzi
Posted on 05/10/2006 3:31:09 PM EDT by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1630007/posts

The Whole Enceladus
Science News Online | 05/06/06 | Ron Cowen
Posted on 05/07/2006 2:17:31 PM EDT by KevinDavis
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asteroids:

Big new asteroid has slim chance of hitting Earth
New Scientist | 2 May 2006 | David Chandler
Posted on 05/03/2006 1:34:56 AM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1625795/posts

Probe To 'Look Inside' Asteroids
BBC | 7-28-2004 | Paul Rincon
Posted on 07/28/2004 11:22:08 AM EDT by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1180232/posts

Venus:

Unexpected detail in first-ever Venus south pole images
European Space Agency | 13 April 2006 | European Space Agency
Posted on 04/14/2006 2:33:44 AM EDT by raygun
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1614847/posts

Reworked images reveal hot Venus
BBC | 1-13-03 | Dr David Whitehouse
Posted on 01/14/2004 8:25:16 PM EST by Central Scrutiniser
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1058128/posts

Venus may sustain life, say scientists
The Telegraph (U.K.) | 09/26/2002 | David Derbyshire
Posted on 09/25/2002 9:30:44 PM EDT by Pokey78
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/757376/posts

Venus clouds 'might harbour life' (Global Warming Apparently Not An Issue)
BBC News | Tuesday, 25 May, 2004 | Martin Redfern
Posted on 05/26/2004 12:09:24 PM EDT by presidio9
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1142574/posts

Is Venus Our Future? (Massive Runaway Global Barf Alert)
ABC News.com | April 22, 2002 | Amanda Onion
Posted on 04/22/2002 8:21:46 AM EDT by Jeff F
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Venus Express has reached final orbit
European Space Agency | 9 May 2006 | ESA News (no specific individual credited)
Posted on 05/10/2006 11:46:25 PM EDT by annie laurie
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102 posted on 05/19/2006 11:30:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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some of these may have appeared above, I'm not going to check:

Sun/Sunspots:

Bumper sunspot crop forecast for next solar cycle
newscientist space | 7 March 2006 | Kimm Groshong
Posted on 03/09/2006 11:42:56 AM EST by S0122017
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1593170/posts

Solar Minimum has Arrived
NASA | 03.06.2006 | Dr. Tony Phillips
Posted on 03/07/2006 5:30:00 AM EST by S0122017
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1591488/posts

Mars:

Devilish weather on Mars
Christian Science Monitor | February 17, 2006 | Michelle Thaller
Posted on 02/21/2006 8:02:59 PM EST by Graybeard58
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1583092/posts

KBOs:

New Planet Is Bigger Than Pluto
AP on Yahoo | 2/1/06 | Alicia Chang - ap
Posted on 02/01/2006 2:04:55 PM EST by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1569542/posts

Mercury:

Was Mercury a ‘hit-and-run’ planet?
MSNBC Space News | Jan. 11, 2006 | By Robert Roy Britt
Posted on 01/26/2006 1:26:47 AM EST by Swordmaker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1565199/posts

Asteroids:

Iron meteorites may be solar system boomerangs
New Scientist | 17 February 2006 | Maggie McKee
Posted on 02/17/2006 12:06:57 PM EST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1580551/posts

Comets:

The Comet and the Future of Science
Thunderbolts.info | Feb 27, 2006
Posted on 03/10/2006 3:31:00 AM EST by Swordmaker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1593682/posts

Flakier than Tony the Tiger:

How long have the Scientists Known?
Nextage Mission | 3.02.2006 | nextage
Posted on 02/03/2006 7:08:01 AM EST by nextage
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1570830/posts

Extrasolar:

Moving the Orbits of Planets
David Jewitt | Last updated Sep 2004 | David Jewitt
Posted on 02/02/2006 12:44:25 PM EST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1570230/posts

Planets Might Orbit Backward around Odd Star
Space dot com | 13 February 2006 | Robert Roy Britt
Posted on 02/20/2006 1:49:55 AM EST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1582016/posts


103 posted on 05/19/2006 11:40:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Scientists find Earth's center is outspinning the surface
Newark Star Ledger | 08.26.05
Posted on 09/11/2005 4:45:14 PM EDT by Coleus
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Neptune:

Three New Moons Found Around Neptune - Researchers
Yahoo! News (Reuters) | 1/13/2003 | n/a
Posted on 01/13/2003 7:37:39 PM EST by Pyro7480
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/822092/posts

Neptune Might Have Captured Triton
Space.com on Yahoo | 5/10/06 | Sara Goudarzi
Posted on 05/10/2006 3:31:09 PM EDT by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1630007/posts

Mars:

Red Planet's Ancient Equator Located
Scientific American (online) | April 20, 2005 | Sarah Graham
Posted on 04/24/2005 11:18:25 PM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1390424/posts

"Festoons" Add to Martian Mysteries
Posted on 01/19/2006 9:12:34 PM EST by Swordmaker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1561305/posts

Mars orbiter spots changes on Red Planet
AP | 9/20/5
Posted on 09/20/2005 7:12:58 PM EDT by SmithL
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1488221/posts

Asteroids:

Astronauts push for strategies, spacecraft to prevent cosmic collision
Flagstaff Arizona Sun | 11/06/2005 | Marcia Dunn
Posted on 11/06/2005 8:53:40 PM EST by Graybeard58
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1517000/posts

First Neptune Trojan Discovered
Lowell Observatory | January 8, 2003
Kristi Phillips, Manager of Media Relations and Public Affairs
Posted on 12/28/2005 6:40:34 PM EST by SunkenCiv
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Small Space Rock Spotted Hitting the Moon
http://space.com/scienceastronomy/051223_moon_meteoroid.html
23 December 2005 | By Leonard David
Posted on 12/27/2005 5:39:12 AM EST by AmethystCrystal
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1547486/posts

Comets:

Astronomers poised to apply novel way to look for comets beyond Neptune
EurekAlert | 7-Jan-2003 | Anne Stark
Posted on 11/08/2005 1:41:04 AM EST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1517866/posts

Interim Report on Deep Impact
Thunderbolts.info | 7/19/2005
Posted on 07/21/2005 4:28:18 AM EDT by Swordmaker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1447376/posts

History's Greatest Comet Hunter Discovers 1,000th Comet
NASA | August 17 2005 | Bill Steigerwald
Posted on 09/01/2005 1:15:28 AM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1474623/posts

Comet put on list of potential Earth impactors
New Scientist | 1 June 2005 | David L Chandler
Posted on 06/02/2005 12:04:31 PM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1415144/posts

Saturn:

Do not Adjust Your Screen: Image from Cassini's Dione flyby
SpaceRef | 10/12/2005 | NASA
Posted on 10/14/2005 1:00:22 PM EDT by cogitator
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1502490/posts

New close-up of Hyperion, weird Saturn moon (links to others)
NASA/JPL | 12/07/2005 | Cassini
Posted on 12/07/2005 11:32:47 AM EST by cogitator
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1535705/posts

Recent Changes in Saturn Rings Puzzle Scientists
(Bush Administration to Blame)
Space.com | 9/7/05 | AP
Posted on 09/07/2005 7:05:24 AM EDT by nuke rocketeer
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1479126/posts

Planets 'X':

Far-out worlds, just waiting to be found
New Scientist | 23 July 2005 (issue date) | Stuart Clark
Posted on 07/21/2005 1:54:18 AM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1447339/posts

Giant Kuiper Belt planetoid Sedna may have formed far beyond Pluto
Physics Org (http://www.physorg.com/)
January 24, 2005 | Southwest Research Institute
Posted on 10/22/2005 4:05:39 PM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1507383/posts

Mysterious deep-space object raises questions on Solar System's origins
PhysOrg | December 13, 2005 | AFP
Posted on 12/14/2005 1:12:29 PM EST by SunkenCiv
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NASA Prepares To Launch First Probe To The Kuiper Belt
Phys Org | December 09, 2005 | Space Daily / UPI
Posted on 12/14/2005 3:02:28 PM EST by SunkenCiv
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Rethinking the Planets
Popular Science | January 2006 issue (I believe) | Michael Stroh
Posted on 12/28/2005 5:36:18 PM EST by SunkenCiv
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Rogue Planet Find Makes Astronomers Ponder Theory
CNN / Reuters | October 5, 2000 | Maggie Fox
Posted on 12/28/2005 4:02:23 PM EST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1548304/posts

Tenth Planet Has a Moon!
Space and Earth science | October 03, 2005 | E-Mail Newsletter
Posted on 10/23/2005 12:33:39 AM EDT by vannrox
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Extrasolar:

Gravitational lensing spots second exoplanet
New Scientist | 05/24/05 | Kelly Young
Posted on 05/24/2005 7:18:25 PM EDT by KevinDavis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1409775/posts

Ice ages linked to earth's travels through galaxy
Waterbury Republican-American | August 2, 2005 | Keay Davidson (A.P.)
Posted on 08/02/2005 7:00:39 PM EDT by Graybeard58
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1455668/posts

Milky Way's warp caused by interloping galaxies
Reuters on Yahoo | 1/9/06 | Deborah Zabarenko
Posted on 01/09/2006 11:54:01 PM EST by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1555108/posts

Paradigm Lockout, Paradigm Paralysis?
Thunderbolts.info | 9/13/2005 | by Michael Armstrong
Posted on 09/13/2005 2:52:00 AM EDT by Swordmaker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1483343/posts

Rapid-born planets present 'baby picture' of our early solar system
EurekAlert | September 9, 2005 | Staff
Posted on 09/10/2005 12:39:51 AM EDT by DaveLoneRanger
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1481572/posts

Scientists find possible birth of tiniest known solar system
spaceflightnow.com | 30 Nov 05 | Penn State
Posted on 11/30/2005 4:28:43 PM EST by RightWhale
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104 posted on 05/20/2006 12:01:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: S0122017
Ping?
105 posted on 05/20/2006 12:03:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping!


106 posted on 05/20/2006 3:00:31 AM PDT by S0122017
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Did comets flood Earth’s oceans?
EurekaAlert | 16 June 2004
Posted on 06/16/2004 5:30:59 PM EDT by ckilmer
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Scientist: Comets Blasted Early Americans
ap on Yahoo | 10/28/05 | Meg Kinnard - ap
Posted on 10/28/2005 9:33:11 PM EDT by NormsRevenge
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A Star Like Our Own
by Bill Christensen
29 April 2005
An asteroid belt may have been found surrounding a star much like our own Sun, according to Dr. Charles Beichman of CIT. His team used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to make the discovery. If confirmed, this would be the first asteroid belt detected around a star that is about the same age and size as our Sun. If true, it could offer a rare look at a star system that closely resembles our own... According to the astronomers, it is possible that a giant comet, as big as the planet Pluto, got knocked into the inner solar system and is slowly boiling away, shedding dust in the process. "The 'super comet' theory is more of a long shot," Beichman said, "but we'll know soon enough." Future observations of the star using Spitzer and ground-based telescopes are expected to conclude whether asteroids or comets are the source of the dust.
Artist's conception of the system shows the view from a planet that might exist in the system. Note the asteroid collision in the foreground - this replenishes the dust detected by the Spitzer telescope.

Artists conception of the system shows the view from a planet that might exist in the system. Note the asteroid collision in the foreground - this replenishes the dust detected by the Spitzer telescope.

108 posted on 05/21/2006 8:32:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Planets Found in Potentially Habitable Setup
by Ker Than
17 May 2006
Three medium-sized planets of roughly the same mass as Neptune have been discovered around... HD 69830, a star slightly less massive than the Sun located 41 light-years away in the constellation Puppis (the Stern)... previously discovered multi-planet solar systems besides our own contain at least one giant, Jupiter-sized planet... The outermost planets is located just within the star's habitable zone, where temperatures are moderate enough for liquid water to form, and the system also contains an asteroid belt. The newly discovered planets have masses of about 10, 12 and 18 times that of Earth and they zip around the star in rapid orbits of about 9, 32 and 197 days, respectively... Recent observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope last year revealed that HD 69830 also hosts an asteroid belt, making it the only other Sun-like star known to have one.
An artist's impression of the newly discovered planetary system. The planets are each about the mass of Neptune and orbit around the Sun-like star HD 69830. Credit: ESO

The planets are each about the mass of Neptune and orbit around the Sun-like star HD 69830. Credit: ESO

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Small Rocky Planet Found Orbiting Normal Star
by Ker Than
25 January 2006
Its orbit is farther from its host star than Earth is from the Sun. Most known extrasolar planets reside inside the equivalent of Mercury’s orbit. The planet is estimated to be about 5.5 times as massive as Earth and thought to be rocky. It orbits a red dwarf star about 28,000 light-years away. Red dwarfs are about one-fifth as massive as the Sun and up to 50 times fainter... Prior to this discovery, the smallest extrasolar planet found around a normal star was about 7.5 Earth masses. Earth-sized planets have been detected, but only around dying neutron stars... The planet and star are separated by about 2.5 astronomical units (AU). One AU is equal to the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Until now, no small planet had been found farther than 0.15 au from its parent star... "Microlensing should have discovered dozens of Jupiters by now if they were as common as these five-Earth-mass planets," said study co-author David Bennett. That suggests most of our galaxy’s planets are small and rocky. This prediction agrees with the standard model for solar system formation, known as the "core accretion" model.
for the "That Makes One" dep't.

Artist conception of new planet OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb in orbit around a red dwarf star. Credit: ESO

Artist conception of new planet OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb in orbit around a red dwarf star. Credit: ESO

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The Damocloids
by David Jewitt
Last updated June 2005
My specific definition is that "a Damocloid is any point-source object having a Tisserand Parameter with respect to Jupiter less than or equal to 2". By this definition, there are 21 known Damocloids as of 2004 October. Here is a list of the first 20 Damocloids... Damocloids are the inactive nuclei of Halley Family Comets... some objects identified as Damocloids by the above criterion have subsequently developed comae... the distribution of inclinations of Damocloids is indistinguishable from that of the Halley Family Comets, even though the Tisserand selection criterion does not require that this be the case... about 25% of the Damocloids possess retrograde orbits, unlike any other asteroids... The albedos of four Damocloids have been measured and they are consistent in being amongst the lowest recorded for any Solar System objects (albedos are a few %). The Damocloids are extremely dark. The surfaces are redder than sunlight but the ultrared matter that is found on many Kuiper Belt Objects and Centaurs is not present on the Damocloids... The known examples are of modest size, with a median radius of 8 km.
Origin of Trans-Neptunian Asteroids
by Tom Van Flandern
Meta Research Bulletin
Volume 4, Number 3, 1995/09/15
The distinction between comets and asteroids has become rather blurred over the past decade because no single characteristic uniquely identifies a body as either with certainty. For example, debate still rages over whether the Jupiter impactor, Shoemaker-Levy 9, was a comet or an asteroid. Despite having very different origins in conventional models, comets and asteroids have continued to display similar reflectance spectra, albedos, size ranges, etc. Comas and tails are the best guides we have to indicate that an object is a comet. But many comets display no tails; indeed, virtually all of them beyond Jupiter do not. And some comets have lost their comas, becoming completely asteroidal in appearance, while some asteroids have suddenly begun to exhibit comet-like activity, including the surprise appearance of a tail in one case.

Highly elongated orbits used to be associated exclusively with comets until the discovery of some unusual objects without coma or tail that therefore appear to be asteroids, yet moving in highly elongated, planet-crossing orbits. Pholus is one such object. The object Chiron is another example of the dilemma, since it was first assumed to be a large asteroid in a planet-like orbit crossing the orbits of Saturn and Uranus. When it was later found to have brightness variability, many astronomers began to call it a comet.

111 posted on 05/21/2006 8:41:27 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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some people will believe anything:

Chance of asteroids hitting earth very slim - Russian astronomers
INterfax | May 8 2006 12:01PM
Posted on 05/08/2006 1:46:41 PM EDT by x5452
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oh, by the way, Russian 'astronomers':

SIBERIA METEORITE FLATTENS 40 SQ MILES
The Times | 7 June 2003 | Robin Shepherd
Posted on 06/09/2003 8:25:21 PM EDT by Mike Darancette
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Very Large Meteorite Fell Down in Siberia
Pravda | 15:33 2003-03-18
Posted on 06/13/2004 6:24:49 PM EDT by ckilmer
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1152933/posts

Water Found In Meteorite
BBC | 8-27-1999
Posted on 01/25/2006 11:52:11 PM EST by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1565161/posts


112 posted on 05/25/2006 7:17:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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I'm sure there are some repeats:

Astronomers find 'home from home' - 90 light years away!
spaceref.com | 3 Jul 03 | staff
Posted on 07/03/2003 1:22:13 PM EDT by RightWhale
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Astronomers Report Finding a Solar System With Similarities to Ours
NY Times | May 17, 2006 | DENNIS OVERBYE
Posted on 05/18/2006 4:48:53 AM EDT by neverdem
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New planet discovered in Milky Way
CNET | Wed Jan 25 | Stefanie Olsen
Posted on 01/25/2006 8:56:47 PM EST by nickcarraway
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Odds against Earth-like planets
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2701977.stm
January 28, 2003 | Dr David Whitehouse
Posted on 01/28/2003 2:50:07 PM EST by conservativecorner
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Plenty of Earths await discovery
BBC | 4/5/05 | Jonathan Amos
Posted on 04/05/2005 12:36:50 PM EDT by LibWhacker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1377840/posts

Rapid-born planets present 'baby picture' of our early solar system
EurekAlert | September 9, 2005 | Staff
Posted on 09/10/2005 12:39:51 AM EDT by DaveLoneRanger
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1481572/posts

Scientists discover moon orbiting so-called 10th planet (nicknamed 'Xena')
ap on Monterey Herald | 10/1/05 | Alicia Chang - ap
Posted on 10/01/2005 8:10:46 PM EDT by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1495009/posts

Scientists find possible birth of tiniest known solar system
spaceflightnow.com | 30 Nov 05 | Penn State
Posted on 11/30/2005 4:28:43 PM EST by RightWhale
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Solar system similar to ours discovered: US astronomers
Yahoo! News via Drudge | June 13, 2002 | Yahoo! News staff
Posted on 06/13/2002 7:17:37 PM EDT by Exit 109
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BIG BANG IN ANTARCTICA -- KILLER CRATER FOUND UNDER ICE
Ohio State University | 01 June 2006 | Staff (press release)
Posted on 06/01/2006 5:26:58 PM EDT by PatrickHenry
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Extreme Kuiper Belt Object 2001 QG298
and the Fraction of Contact Binaries

by Scott S. Sheppard and David Jewitt
Astronomical Journal

pdf version
Extensive time-resolved observations of Kuiper Belt object 2001 QG298 show a lightcurve with a peak-to-peak variation of 1.14 +-0.04 magnitudes and single-peaked period of 6.8872 +- 0.0002 hr. The mean absolute magnitude is 6.85 magnitudes which corresponds to a mean effective radius of 122 (77) km if an albedo of 0.04 (0.10) is assumed. This is the first known Kuiper Belt object and only the third minor planet with a radius > 25 km to display a lightcurve with a range in excess of 1 magnitude. We find the colors to be typical for a Kuiper Belt object (B-V = 1.00 +- 0.04, V-R = 0.60 +- 0.02) with no variation in color between minimum and maximum light. The large light variation, relatively long double-peaked period and absence of rotational color change argue against explanations due to albedo markings or elongation due to high angular momentum. Instead, we suggest that 2001 QG298 may be a very close or contact binary similar in structure to what has been independently proposed for the Trojan asteroid 624 Hektor. If so, its rotational period would be twice the lightcurve period or 13.7744 +- 0.0004 hr. By correcting for the effects of projection, we estimate that the fraction of similar objects in the Kuiper Belt is at least 10% to 20% with the true fraction probably much higher. A high abundance of close and contact binaries is expected in some scenarios for the evolution of binary Kuiper Belt objects.

115 posted on 06/09/2006 9:12:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (All Moslems everywhere advocate murder, including mass murder, and they do it all the time.)
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The Jupiter Satellite Page Scott S. Sheppard
thanks Fred Nerks for the reminder.
116 posted on 06/09/2006 9:17:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (All Moslems everywhere advocate murder, including mass murder, and they do it all the time.)
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BIG BANG IN ANTARCTICA -- KILLER CRATER FOUND UNDER ICE
Ohio State University | 01 June 2006 | Staff (press release)
Posted on 06/01/2006 5:26:58 PM EDT by PatrickHenry
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1641966/posts

Giant Crater Found [in Antarctica]: Tied to Worst Mass Extinction Ever [Permo-Triassic]
SPACE.com | June 2, 2006 | Robert Roy Britt
Posted on 06/02/2006 2:44:43 PM EDT by cogitator
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1642426/posts

Meteor mega-hit spawned Australian continent: researchers
AFP on Yahoo | 6/2/06 | AFP
Posted on 06/03/2006 6:23:27 PM EDT by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1642946/posts

Does a giant crater lie beneath the Antarctic ice?
nature news | 2 06 | Mark Peplow
Posted on 06/05/2006 12:07:10 PM EDT by S0122017
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1643681/posts

BBC: Arctic's tropical past uncovered
~~ ( So Global Warming isn't someting new....?)
BBC | Wednesday, 31 May 2006, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK | Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC News
Posted on 05/31/2006 4:19:27 PM EDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1641377/posts

Asteroid Juno Has A "Bite" Out Of It
SpaceDaily | Aug 11, 2003 | unattributed
Posted on 06/03/2006 2:16:51 AM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1642711/posts

Asteroid Vesta
Views of the Solar System | circa 2001 | Calvin J. Hamilton
Posted on 06/17/2006 10:51:28 PM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1651297/posts

Asteroids Spoelhof and Griffioen
Calvin College | June 15, 2006 | unattributed
Posted on 06/17/2006 9:56:04 PM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1651278/posts

Clandestine comets found in main asteroid belt - Earth oceans origin
newscientist space | 23 March 2006
Posted on 03/24/2006 5:26:05 AM EST by S0122017
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1602203/posts

Corkscrew Asteroid (Leaving Earth Orbit)
Science NASA | 6-9-2006
Posted on 06/09/2006 6:54:45 PM EDT by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1646542/posts

Discovery Channel Airs New Show on Krakatoa
(plus pointers to awesome Montserrat video)
Discovery Channel
Posted on 06/09/2006 3:25:00 PM EDT by cogitator
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1646435/posts

Early Earth Likely Had Continents, Was Habitable, According To New Study
University of Colorado at Boulder | 2005-11-18 | University of Colorado at Boulder
Posted on 11/18/2005 11:32:59 PM EST by dila81
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1525001/posts

Explosive fireball said to shake Earth
World Net Daily | 1-12-05 | World Net Daily
Posted on 01/12/2005 11:27:52 PM EST by hope
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1319717/posts

Giant Asteroid To Pass Near Earth Wednesday September 29
http://survivalcenter.com/planetx082804.html
Posted on 09/20/2004 11:56:32 PM EDT by Rome2000
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1222071/posts

Global warming, not asteroid, cause of extinction?
c|net news.com | 1/20/2005 | Michael Kanellos
Posted on 01/21/2005 10:09:59 AM EST by Zon
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1325390/posts

Having Pups Over Pluto And The Planetary Misfits Of The Kuipers
spacedaily.com | 12 Mar 03 | Robert Sanders
Posted on 03/12/2003 8:27:54 PM EST by RightWhale
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/863325/posts

Jovian Storms Prepare To Duke It Out
space.com | 06/05/06 | Ker Than
Posted on 06/05/2006 10:27:35 PM EDT by KevinDavis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1644036/posts

New Trojan Asteroid Hints At Huge Neptunian Cloud
New Scientist | 6-15-2006 | Kelly Young
Posted on 06/15/2006 5:26:20 PM EDT by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1650110/posts

"Planemos" May Give Rise to Planets, Moons
Scientific American | June 06, 2006 | David Biello
Posted on 06/06/2006 2:08:11 AM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1644108/posts

Planets Around Planets?
Sky and Telescope | 06/05/06 | Robert Naeye
Posted on 06/05/2006 10:32:33 PM EDT by KevinDavis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1644037/posts

Reversal of Earth's Magnetic Field
(Hey Algore read this)
Projects in Scientific Computing | N/A | Gary Glatzmaier, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Posted on 06/03/2006 10:00:13 AM EDT by ThreePuttinDude
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1642780/posts

Saturn's Moon Iapetus Shows a Bulging Waistline
NASA | 1/7/2005 | Staff
Posted on 01/10/2005 12:10:32 AM EST by Southack
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1317479/posts

Scientists Say Earth Formed Faster
Associated Press | Wed Aug 28, 2:00 PM ET | RICK CALLAHAN
Posted on 08/29/2002 1:42:37 PM EDT by Junior
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/741407/posts

Those Enigmatic Erratics: Out-of-Place Artifacts or Out-of-Whack Chronology
Strange | issue #22 | Philip Rife
Posted on 01/12/2005 2:11:11 PM EST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1319351/posts

Tremors rock earth deep beneath San Andreas Fault - Puzzling vibrations baffle researchers
SF Chronicle | December 10, 2004 | David Perlman
Posted on 12/10/2004 11:59:17 AM EST by NYer
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1298650/posts


117 posted on 06/18/2006 7:28:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be." -- Frank A. Clark)
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PAX TV Kicks U.S. Space Command In The Slats
Source: YOWUSA.COM
Author: Marshall Masters
Posted on 04/18/2001 08:44:13 PDT by sirgawain
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3addb64d7850.htm

Meteorite study finds no trace of life on Mars
Source: The London Telegraph
Published: Thursday March 2, 2000 Author: By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
Posted on 03/02/2000 04:12:27 PST by RaceBannon
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a38be5aab6ce3.htm

Did Life Drip Down From Earth's Ancient Atmosphere
Source: spacedaily.com
Published: 17 oct 00 Author: STAFF
Posted on 10/25/2000 12:21:10 PDT by RightWhale
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a39f732a6231b.htm


118 posted on 06/18/2006 9:30:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be." -- Frank A. Clark)
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Researchers explain gas planet satellite systems
Southwest Research Institute
June 14, 2006
Jupiter's four Galilean satellites are each roughly similar in size, while Saturn has one large satellite together with numerous much smaller satellites. Even so, the total mass in both satellite systems is about a hundredth of one percent (0.0001) of the respective planet's mass. The Uranian satellite system structure is similar to that of Jupiter, and it also exhibits the same mass ratio. In contrast, the large satellites of solid planets contain much larger fractions of their planet's masses, with the Moon containing 1 percent (0.01) of the Earth's mass, and Pluto's satellite, Charon, containing more than 10 percent (0.1) of its mass.

119 posted on 06/21/2006 10:41:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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Stars Swallow Planets and Researchers Have Proof
by Harald Franzen
May 10, 2001
A light spectrum analysis of HD82943—a star slightly hotter and larger than the sun, harboring its own planetary system—revealed that it contained traces of an isotope of lithium called Lithium-6, or 6Li. Although 6Li is common in planets, it burns up quickly in stars after they are born and thus shouldn't exist in a star like HD82943... To confirm their theory, the scientists looked at another star that shared HD82943's characteristics except that it did not have planets. In keeping, they found that did not have 6Li in its spectrum. The researchers hope that this finding will help to explain how so-called exoplanets form and if this kind of cannibalism is a common process.

120 posted on 06/22/2006 6:05:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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Norway Impact Gentler Than Atomic Bomb
By Selby Cull
Sky and Telescope
http://skyandtelescope.com/news/article_1742_1.asp
http://skyandtelescope.com/printable/news/article_1745.asp
http://skyandtelescope.com/mm_images/4950.jpg

"The meteorite that struck northern Norway on June 7th was probably about as energetic as the 2003 Park Forest meteorite. The Park Forest event scattered hundreds of small pieces over the suburbs of Chicago, like the one shown here, which grazed a fire hydrant as it hit. No material from the Norway meteorite has yet been reported. Courtesy Matt Morgan / Mile High Meteorites."


121 posted on 06/24/2006 6:12:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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Asteroid Impact Could Have Triggered India-Pakistan Nuclear War, General Says
Space Daily | September 17, 2002 | Staff Sgt. A.J. Bosker, Air Force Print News
Posted on 09/18/2002 10:40:56 AM EDT by cogitator
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/752890/posts

Heavenly Bodies Stir Up Routine Catastrophes
IOL | 3-18-2003 | Graeme Addison
Posted on 03/18/2003 12:33:33 PM EST by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/867877/posts

Study Finds Signs of Life in Ancient Lava
Science - Reuters | 2004-04-23
Posted on 04/26/2004 1:14:40 PM EDT by Junior
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1124648/posts


122 posted on 06/24/2006 6:14:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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[an omnibus of links to FR topics on Enceladus; omitted some of the Astronomy Picture of the Day because they weren't too informative, and often had nothing but a pinpoint of light to show Enceladus]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=saturn
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=enceladus

What Is Melting the Ice on Enceladus?
CreationSafari.com | 03/04/05 | Creation Evolution Headlines
Posted on 03/07/2005 10:21:10 PM EST by DannyTN
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1358158/posts

On Saturn, a Spacecraft Is Finding New Worlds
NY Times | July 5, 2005 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Posted on 07/05/2005 12:44:14 AM EDT by neverdem
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1436643/posts

Bizarre boulders litter Saturn moon's icy surface (Enceladus)
New Scientist | 7/19/05 | Stuart Clark
Posted on 07/19/2005 2:15:30 PM EDT by LibWhacker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1446126/posts

Cassini Finds an Active, Watery World at Saturn's Moon Enceladus
JPL web site | 29 July 2005 | JPL
Posted on 07/29/2005 5:24:17 PM EDT by Fitzcarraldo
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1453420/posts

"Hot spot" found on one of Saturn's moons
Reuters - Science | 2005-08-30 | Gideon Long
Posted on 08/30/2005 12:30:12 PM EDT by Junior
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1473481/posts

Tiny Enceladus [a moon of Saturn] May Hold Ingredients of Life
UANews.org (University of Arizona ) | 05 September 2005 | Lori Stiles
Posted on 09/08/2005 7:46:27 AM EDT by PatrickHenry
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1480014/posts

Cassini Images Reveal Spectacular Evidence Of An Active Moon
Space Daily.com | Dec 07, 2005 | JPL, NASA
Posted on 12/07/2005 4:03:39 PM EST by tricky_k_1972
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535908/posts

Images suggest Saturn moon geologically active
AP Via CNN.com | 12/8/2005 | Staff
Posted on 12/09/2005 4:01:42 PM EST by Red Badger
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1537353/posts

DRUDGE - Big NASA Announcement Set For Today...
Posted on 03/09/2006 10:58:40 AM EST by Vintage1
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1593131/posts
112 posted on 03/09/2006 11:28:09 AM EST by neutrality
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1593131/posts?page=112#112

NASA'S CASSINI DISCOVERS POTENTIAL LIQUID WATER ON ENCELADUS
Drudge Report | Thu Mar 09 2006 11:21:33 ET | Drudge Report
Posted on 03/09/2006 12:00:42 PM EST by phantomworker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1593182/posts

Coolest Photo You Will Ever SEE! (moon Enceladus)
Posted on 03/09/2006 5:26:03 PM EST by AZRepublican
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1593410/posts

Encore For Enceladus! Saturn Moon Ripe For Astrobiology Exploration
space.com | 04/03/06 | Leonard David
Posted on 04/03/2006 8:15:06 PM EDT by KevinDavis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1608598/posts

The Whole Enceladus
Science News Online | 05/06/06 | Ron Cowen
Posted on 05/07/2006 2:17:31 PM EDT by KevinDavis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1628242/posts


123 posted on 06/25/2006 1:40:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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check out the book description on this title:
Catastrophes, Chaos & Convolutions Catastrophes, Chaos & Convolutions
by James P. Hogan

124 posted on 06/25/2006 2:13:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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a few more:

Cassini Finds an Atmosphere on Saturn's Moon Enceladus
JPL/NASA/ESA | 3/16/2005 | n/a
Posted on 03/18/2005 1:46:37 PM EST by Pyro7480
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1365632/posts

Scientists Find Water on Saturn Moon
AP via Yahoo News | Mar 9 2006 | Alicia Chang
Posted on 03/09/2006 3:49:41 PM EST by Kjobs
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1593344/posts

Water signs on Saturn moon raises possibility of extra-terrestrial life
AFP | March 10, 2006
Posted on 03/10/2006 11:17:30 AM EST by West Coast Conservative
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1593886/posts


125 posted on 06/25/2006 2:38:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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Asteroid Belt Like Ours Spotted Around Another Star
by Robert Roy Britt
4 June 2001
The scientists have not actually seen any asteroids around Zeta Leporis, a young star twice as massive as the Sun and 60 to 70 light-years away. Instead they have studied the temperature and position of the star's swirling mass of debris, which they say shows evidence of chaotic collisions among rocks that creates the dust needed to sustain such a disk... Zeta Leporis, also called HR 1998, is between 50 million and 400 million years old, compared to our middle-aged Sun, which is about 4.5 billion years old. Along with some other young stars, it was found in the 1980s to have a ring of dusty debris. And in 1991 astronomers learned that this debris ring was unusually warm and close to its parent star, unlike other disks that are farther out, and hence colder. This dust, given its known properties, should spiral into a star within 20,000 years, according to current theories of physics and star formation, scientists say. But this star is much older.

126 posted on 06/25/2006 1:47:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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Huge Asteroid to Fly Past Earth July 3
Space.com | June 26, 2006 | Joe Rao
Posted on 06/27/2006 10:33:56 AM EDT by DaveLoneRanger
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1656398/posts


127 posted on 06/27/2006 7:24:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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Google search for news on asteroids:
Catastrophism

128 posted on 06/28/2006 10:44:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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Because of their trajectories and small size, these objects will not remain on their current orbits for very long periods. The cumulative effect of frequent flybys of the Earth itself is considerable, but not necessarily devastating.
Deep Impact
July 23, 2001
A recent study portrays the paths of asteroids in the inner solar system as a vast Los Angeles-style traffic system crisscrossed with superhighways along which are hurtling huge, rocky projectiles. The study estimates that an armada of asteroids, 900 strong, all a kilometer in diameter or larger, present a potential hazard to life on Earth. Some pass within a few moon distances of Earth every year. William Bottke at Cornell University is lead researcher on a U.S.-French team that has discovered the spatial and size distribution of a large group of asteroids called NEAs (for near-Earth asteroids), a vast system of orbiting rocks in inner space, ranging in size from mere specks to more than 64 kilometers (40 miles) in diameter. Most of the asteroids in the solar system revolve around the sun on independent orbits, corralled between Mars and Jupiter in a formation known as the main belt.

129 posted on 07/17/2006 4:07:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Would the last person to leave the Earth turn off the, oh, never mind. That last flash of light shouldn't last that long...
Asteroid-impact Study Finds Effects Of Collisions Or Explosions On Small Asteroids May Be Hard To Predict
by Tim Stephens
June 8, 1998
Astronomer Erik Asphaug, a UCSC research associate, used computer simulations to study the effects of powerful impacts on asteroids with different internal structures. He and his colleagues found that the outcome of such impacts depends on the degree to which the asteroid has been fractured and made porous by earlier collisions. "It's a lot more difficult to nudge these asteroids around than we had thought."
Deflecting Asteroids Harder Than Once Thought
June 4, 1998
The fractured, porous nature of many asteroids may make it difficult to use nuclear weapons or other explosions to nudge them off collision courses with the Earth. The effects of a collision or explosion on an asteroid depend strongly on the interior structure of the asteroid. A solid asteroid, they found, might easily shatter when hit by another asteroid. However, a more porous asteroid, one fractured by previous collisions, would tend to damp out the effects of the collision.

130 posted on 07/17/2006 4:11:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Bill Bottke's Asteroid Research Home Page
Department of Space Studies
Southwest Research Institute
http://www.boulder.swri.edu/~bottke/index.html


131 posted on 07/17/2006 4:34:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Wanted: small asteroid for use as slingshot to slay a Goliath
by Ian Sample
The Guardian
Saturday July 15, 2006
Scientists at the French space agency, CNES, have calculated how to capture an asteroid and manoeuvre it into a near-Earth orbit, from where it can be flung into the path of a larger asteroid that threatens to collide with Earth... Writing in the journal Acta Astronautica, the scientists show how the asteroid... could be kept in a holding position until it needed to be redirected to intercept a much larger "Goliath". Even if the incoming asteroid was 1,000 times heavier than the orbiting asteroid, the two would still collide at a speed of 23km a second, generating 4 million billion Joules of energy, the equivalent of 40 Hiroshima bombs.

132 posted on 07/17/2006 5:01:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Greg Martin space art:
http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/downloads/wallpapers/collection.php?collection=gregmartin

one of my faves, "Cataclysm":
http://a52.g.akamaitech.net/f/52/827/1d/www.space.com/entertainment/downloads/spaceart/images/cataclysm_1024.jpg


133 posted on 07/19/2006 9:13:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ForGod'sSake
Thanks, FGS, for pointing out this title.

The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes:
Flood, Fire, and Famine in
the History of Civilization

by Richard Firestone,
Allen West,
Simon Warwick-Smith


134 posted on 07/27/2006 10:03:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, July 27, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

~bumping~ a valuable resource thread.


135 posted on 07/27/2006 11:27:57 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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Ice sheets drive atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, inverting previous ice-age theory
EurekAlert! News | July 24, 2006 | Staff
Posted on 07/26/2006 3:10:49 PM EDT by DaveLoneRanger
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1672716/posts


136 posted on 07/29/2006 8:44:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, July 27, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: annie laurie; garbageseeker; Knitting A Conundrum
N2K Information For Star HD149026
San Francisco State University
The orbital period of HD149026b is remarkably short, 2.88 days. In fact, for this "Hot Saturn", an entire "year" takes place over a single weekend! Orbiting at a distance of just 0.042 AU, the planet's would have a scorching temperature of 1,500 K... HD149026 is in the constellation Hercules in this part of the sky... Radial Velocities of the star HD149026 not only reveal the wobble due to the planet, but also deviate from a perfect sine wave when the planet passes in front of the rotating star. This is called the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect and has been observed for other transiting planets.
Satellites in prograde motion receive a momentum transfer from the rotating parent body, gradually rising in altitude.

Satellites in retrograde motion transfer momentum to the parent body and lose altitude.

Generally it would seem to be impossible to determine the direction of orbit for an extrasolar planet.

Planets with these orbital characteristics and in prograde orbits were even closer to the parent stars in the past, meaning that they are of recent origin. Either they were captured, or were thrown off from the surface of the star.

Bodies in retrograde are generally believed to have been captured (this is the case with a number of moons of Jupiter). Planets with these orbital characteristics and in retrograde orbits are working their way closer to the parent stars.

Also an X-Planets posting:

137 posted on 08/01/2006 8:50:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, July 27, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
My favorite theories are a supernova or a galactic super wave.
138 posted on 08/01/2006 2:47:27 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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Object Survives Being Swallowed by a Star
Space.com on Yahoo | 8/3/06 | Ker Than
Posted on 08/03/2006 1:40:47 PM EDT by NormsRevenge
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139 posted on 08/03/2006 9:08:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, July 27, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Mass limit on Nemesis
Bull. Astr. Soc. India | after 10 February 2005 | Varun Bhalerao and M.N. Vahia
Posted on 08/04/2006 12:24:16 AM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1677507/posts


140 posted on 08/03/2006 9:26:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, July 27, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Asteroid 1950 DA
Don Yeomans, Site Manager
NASA Near Earth Object Program
When high-precision radar meaurements were included in a new orbit solution, a potentially very close approach to the Earth on March 16, 2880 was discovered to exist. Analysis performed by Giorgini et al and reported in the April 5, 2002 edition of the journal Science ("Asteroid 1950 DA's Encounter With Earth in 2880: Physical Limits of Collision Probability Prediction") determined the impact probability as being at most 1 in 300 and probably even more remote, based on what is known about the asteroid so far. At its greatest, this could represent a risk 50% greater than that of the average background hazard due to all other asteroids from the present era through 2880, as defined by the Palermo Technical Scale (PTS value = +0.17). 1950 DA is the only known asteroid whose hazard could be above the background level.

141 posted on 08/04/2006 8:14:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, July 27, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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garbageseeker, I tossed your name on the end because I know you've expressed interest in something like this.

Explosions In Space May Have Initiated Ancient Extinction On Earth
Science Daily | 4/12/05 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted on 04/12/2005 4:12:15 PM EDT by doc30
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1382310/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1048934/posts?page=44#44
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Starburst caused Ordovician mass extinction: scientists
Posted on : Mon, 11 Apr 2005 00:00:00 GMT | Author : Nigel Wright
News Category : Space
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/2373.html


142 posted on 08/08/2006 9:49:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, July 27, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Runnegar says the wobble could have sent a single asteroid onto collision course with our planet...

I'm sure we'll have our comet/asteriod deflector in place by then. :-)

143 posted on 08/08/2006 10:42:21 AM PDT by demlosers
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We could call it the weeble. :')


144 posted on 08/08/2006 9:53:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, July 27, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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News to me -- in 1958 a 1700+ foot megatsunami was observed, Lituya Bay:
Google
"the pile of water was tremendous"
145 posted on 08/12/2006 6:44:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Eye witness report:

...The Swansons and the Uhlrichs in Lituya Bay rose in alarm to gaze in unbelieving wonder and terror. Swanson and his wife later insisted that the terminal ice mass of Lituya Glacier rose into view from behind a headland up the bay, with great masses falling from its face, and then fell majestically into the water, creating a wave that went over the whole headland. It then caromed down the bay, scouring the shores of their trees, obliterating the mountaineer's campsite, overrunning Cenotaph Island and its lone cabin, and killing the Wagners and all but killing the Swansons in a surfboard kind of plunge of their two boats across 40-foot high LaChausee Spit to destruction in the sea outside - a wave of such improbability as to strain the credulity of later investigators, and to remain a scientific puzzle...

http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/web_tsus/19580710/narrative1.htm

Sounds like a wild ride.


146 posted on 08/12/2006 9:42:56 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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testing, testing...

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147 posted on 08/19/2006 1:19:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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this particular post is also of interest to the X-Planets list.
Moving the Orbits of Planets
by David Jewitt
September 2004
The mechanism was described in 1984 by Julio Fernandez and Wing Ip. In a one-planet solar system, the outward scattering of comets by the planet would cause the planet to spiral in towards the sun. In the real solar system, the motions of the planets are inter-dependent, causing some to move outwards and others inwards. What connects the planets is the transfer of comets (and angular momentum) from one to the other. Neptune scatters comets out to the interstellar medium and inwards, where some meet Uranus and are scattered again. The process repeats down to the innermost big planet Jupiter. Fernandez and Ip showed that massive Jupiter anchors the flow of angular momentum caused by the ejection of comets. It spirals towards the sun but Saturn, Uranus and Neptune drift outwards. It is the outward migration of Neptune that has had (apparently) observable effects on the Kuiper Belt by trapping the Plutinos...

Meanwhile, the Doppler discovery of extrasolar planets orbiting very close to their parent stars has raised a different problem. Many of the planets are so close to their stars (<0.1 AU), and so hot, that they cannot be supposed to have formed where we now observe them. By inference, they could have formed at larger distances (several AU) and then migrated inwards. What would cause this inward migration? As with the solar system case, the root cause may be an exchange of angular momentum with material surrounding the planets at their formation. In particular, if the extrasolar planets formed in massive disks, then torques between the planets and the disks could drive the former inwards.

148 posted on 08/26/2006 5:26:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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THANKS


149 posted on 08/26/2006 5:28:38 PM PDT by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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My pleasure.


150 posted on 08/26/2006 5:42:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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