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What's that weird thing around Saturn's second-largest moon? (Rhea)
CSMonitor | UniverseToday ^ | 7/29/10 | Nancy Atkinson

Posted on 08/01/2010 12:29:26 PM PDT by LibWhacker

There is something around the moon of Rhea. It's not a ring, and it sure is weird, say researchers.

Back in 2005, a suite of six instruments on the Cassini spacecraft detected what was thought to be an extensive debris disk around Saturn's moon Rhea, and while there was no visible evidence, researchers thought that perhaps there was a diffuse ring around the moon. This would have been the first ring ever found around a moon. New observations, however, have nixed the idea of a ring, but there's still something around Rhea that is causing a strange, symmetrical structure in the charged-particle environment around Saturn's second-largest moon.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; cassini; catastrophism; moon; moons; planets; rhea; rings; saturn
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1 posted on 08/01/2010 12:29:31 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Iapetus also has some weirdness, too!


2 posted on 08/01/2010 12:31:33 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: LibWhacker
"What's that weird thing around Rhea?"

Looks like Danny DeVito, Rhea's husband.

3 posted on 08/01/2010 12:34:06 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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4 posted on 08/01/2010 12:35:25 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman

Really....That’s my idea of home!!


5 posted on 08/01/2010 12:38:36 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Thanks for the laugh out loud!....


6 posted on 08/01/2010 12:41:00 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: LibWhacker
That's where all of the lost airline luggage goes....
7 posted on 08/01/2010 12:44:54 PM PDT by G Larry (Democrats: expediting the Destruction of America, before they lose power...)
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8 posted on 08/01/2010 12:45:28 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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9 posted on 08/01/2010 12:48:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: El Gato

bttt


10 posted on 08/01/2010 12:48:19 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: LibWhacker

Moonbats crashing and burning


11 posted on 08/01/2010 12:48:19 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: LibWhacker

It’s Snooki’s hairspray.


12 posted on 08/01/2010 12:51:08 PM PDT by Palladin (Obama on The View: "When those folks came over on 9-11". Folks??? WTH?)
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To: Quix

Ping.


13 posted on 08/01/2010 1:32:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: LibWhacker

Well, what I want to know is ...

... what’s that weird thing around Uranus?


14 posted on 08/01/2010 1:38:28 PM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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Are you talking about the hottie, Leah Remini?
15 posted on 08/01/2010 1:46:08 PM PDT by redshawk (...0Dumbo....I will not rest...until I destroy America...)
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... what’s that weird thing around Uranus?

Klingons, of course.

16 posted on 08/01/2010 1:47:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: LibWhacker

I left my spaceship parked in orbit around Rhea. Is there a problem? Am i getting a ticket?


17 posted on 08/01/2010 2:01:50 PM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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Cloaking field of the V invasion force, of course.


18 posted on 08/01/2010 2:04:16 PM PDT by piytar (Those who never learned that peace and freedom are rare will be taught by reality.)
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... what’s that weird thing around Uranus?

Berries of some kind?

19 posted on 08/01/2010 2:09:16 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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Or some kind of field caused by magnetohydrodynamic generation (caused by tidal forces) from the metal interior of the moon.

That or the "moon" is an old interstellar spaceship from the First (Human?) Empire.

What will happen when it is finally fully awake?

20 posted on 08/01/2010 2:28:10 PM PDT by ASOC (Alpha India Alpha Three Tango Alpha)
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