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Auroras Seen On Uranus For First Time
National Geographic ^ | April 13, 2012 | Andrew Fazekas

Posted on 04/14/2012 5:05:10 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

For the first time, astronomers have snapped photos of auroras lighting up Uranus's icy atmosphere.

Two fleeting, Earth-size auroral storms were imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope as they flared up on the dayside of the gas giant in November 2011. (See "Uranus Has a Bright New Spot, Picture Shows.")

"The last time we had any definite signals of auroral activity on Uranus was when NASA's Voyager 2 probe swung by in 1986," said study leader Laurent Lamy, an astronomer at the Observatoire de Paris in Meudon, France.

"But this is the first time we can actually see these emissions light up with an Earth-based telescope."

Uranus Auroras Seen in Stroke of Luck

Auroras are light displays often seen at the highest latitudes of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn—all of which all have magnetospheres that act as shields against incoming solar storms.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: auroras; catastrophism; uranus; xplanets

1 posted on 04/14/2012 5:05:14 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Should have gone with the mild sauce on the burritos.


2 posted on 04/14/2012 5:08:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Damn, first there were rings around Uranus - now there are auroras too???
3 posted on 04/14/2012 5:09:29 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: Free ThinkerNY

There were no auroras seen on my anus. I don’t care what the story says


4 posted on 04/14/2012 5:10:57 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Auroras Seen On Uranus For First Time

Whoa! Please excuse me for a moment, will you?

5 posted on 04/14/2012 5:11:28 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Where's the restroom?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ex-wife always told me not to light up a cancer stick after passing gas o.O


6 posted on 04/14/2012 5:11:41 PM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I was looking for that pic of Obama with that glow around his head.
7 posted on 04/14/2012 5:12:41 PM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; mikrofon; martin_fierro
Uranus Has a Bright New Spot, Picture Shows

Dang! And I just had a colonoscopy in December!

8 posted on 04/14/2012 5:13:56 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Out, damn spot!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Didn't know that NASA could perfrom a colonoscopy!

They've done Youranus now they need to scope the Obamanation in the White House!

9 posted on 04/14/2012 5:14:25 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: cripplecreek

FRY: This is a great, as long as you don’t make me smell Uranus. Heh heh.
LEELA: I don’t get it.
PROFESSOR FARNSWORTH: I’m sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.
FRY: Oh. What’s it called now?
PROFESSOR FARNSWORTH: Urectum.


10 posted on 04/14/2012 5:14:40 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The last time we had any definite signals of auroral activity on Uranus...

I call them Klingons.


11 posted on 04/14/2012 5:19:03 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: Lazamataz
Good news everyone!

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12 posted on 04/14/2012 5:19:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: irishtenor

Why is the Starship Enterprise like toilet paper? They both circle Uranus and look for Klingons.


13 posted on 04/14/2012 5:21:47 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: scripter
I was looking for that pic of Obama with that glow around his head.

This thread has been posted at least twice and I vainly searched for a tasteful and funny reply until I read this.

ding, ding, ding to you.

14 posted on 04/14/2012 5:22:46 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sounds like the title of a gay love song.


15 posted on 04/14/2012 5:26:10 PM PDT by GBA (America has been infected. Be the cure!)
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To: cripplecreek
Click to hear the good news!
16 posted on 04/14/2012 5:27:05 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I told you light shines out my ...


17 posted on 04/14/2012 5:32:58 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: GBA

I thought Barney Frank released a sex video..


18 posted on 04/14/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; SunkenCiv

ping


19 posted on 04/14/2012 5:38:57 PM PDT by randita
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To: Ken522

I think they mean that Uranus has epilepsy ~ so somebody sees an Aurora!


20 posted on 04/14/2012 5:43:08 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Ken522

I think they mean that Uranus has epilepsy ~ so somebody sees an Aurora!


21 posted on 04/14/2012 5:43:28 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Uranus Auroras Seen in Stroke of Luck”

*comment not included for fear of giving prudence a stroke*


22 posted on 04/14/2012 5:45:12 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Come on ice cream!


23 posted on 04/14/2012 5:46:35 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Young Werther

they need to scope the Obamanation in the White House! /

They would have to wake Pelosi up to do that. Her head would be in the way.


24 posted on 04/14/2012 5:51:34 PM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

25 posted on 04/14/2012 5:55:20 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: cripplecreek
Get some Alka-Seltzer®, cc! You're leaving trails...
26 posted on 04/14/2012 5:59:42 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You KNEW what direction this thread was going to go, didn’t you? LOL!


27 posted on 04/14/2012 6:02:09 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Found one:


28 posted on 04/14/2012 6:14:12 PM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The grass is always a little greener on the other side of the fence.


29 posted on 04/14/2012 6:16:47 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They saw my what?


30 posted on 04/14/2012 6:18:23 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: scripter

anus? check. aurora? appears to be.


31 posted on 04/14/2012 6:24:51 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
So they bought a fleet for Uranus, eh?


32 posted on 04/14/2012 6:28:28 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
   
     

33 posted on 04/14/2012 6:41:15 PM PDT by mikrofon (View from the Astronomical Space Station)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I know you only posted for the great comments that were sure to follow and that is why I am here to read those comments !!!!


34 posted on 04/14/2012 6:44:13 PM PDT by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Who is Aurora and why was she looking at my...

um never mind


35 posted on 04/14/2012 6:49:54 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: TSgt

Settle down, Beavis...


36 posted on 04/14/2012 7:07:52 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No more eight-bean specials for me....


37 posted on 04/14/2012 7:16:56 PM PDT by Only Sane Man
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To: Free ThinkerNY


How can that be? Aurora's been off the market for quite a while.
38 posted on 04/14/2012 8:06:27 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

39 posted on 04/14/2012 8:30:19 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: COBOL2Java
HaHaHar!

I have that exact same model and color car, but with a muon-roof!

40 posted on 04/14/2012 9:07:13 PM PDT by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Areola’s on Uranus? Check the R levels.


41 posted on 04/15/2012 11:00:44 AM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks randita.

 
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42 posted on 04/15/2012 5:49:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks randita. An “extra, extra” ping to the APoD list members.


43 posted on 04/15/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: randita; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks randita. Years ago, someone on FR argued that u-RAY-nus really was pronounced YER-enes, which even a casual student of Greek can tell is completely dead wrong. YER-enes is the way Sagan chose to pronounce it, and while he probably didn't originate it (since he didn't originate anything with the possible exception of greenhouse warming as a political axe), he definitely chose wrong. And that should not come as any surprise.




44 posted on 04/15/2012 5:50:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I didn’t Moon Anyone. How did they see my Auroras?


45 posted on 04/15/2012 5:59:34 PM PDT by left that other site
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