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Saturn's 'Ice Queen' Moon Helene Shimmers in New Photo
Space.com ^ | 21 June 2011 | Mike Wall

Posted on 07/02/2011 5:54:14 PM PDT by Windflier

Saturn's small moon Helene shines like a regal ice queen in a dazzling new photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Cassini photographed the icy Helene on June 18 during a close flyby of the frigid world. At one point, Cassini zoomed to within 4,330 miles (6,968 kilometers) of Helene — the second-closest approach to the moon of the entire mission, researchers said.

Helene is an irregularly shaped world 22 miles (35 kilometers) wide. It orbits Saturn at an average distance of about 234,500 miles (377,000 km), roughly the same distance that separates Earth from our own moon. NASA officials called the moon Saturn's "ice queen" when releasing the new photo. [More Saturn moon and ring photos]


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; helene; saturn; science; space
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Because it's slow today, and I think this is cool.
1 posted on 07/02/2011 5:54:17 PM PDT by Windflier
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To: Windflier

I saw the pic a while back but it is very cool.

There can’t be much gravity but there’s enough to pull those slides downhill.


2 posted on 07/02/2011 5:56:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Windflier

Shouldn’t it have been named “Hillary”?


3 posted on 07/02/2011 5:59:28 PM PDT by mikrofon (Cold & Distant)
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To: Windflier

OMG!!! I CAN SEE MY HOUSE FROM HERE!!!


4 posted on 07/02/2011 6:02:19 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Windflier

That would be a totally cool view to imagine Helene coasting by in Saturn’s night sky, just like our own Moon.

Does our ‘moon’ have a name?


5 posted on 07/02/2011 6:03:17 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I think our moon is Luna.


6 posted on 07/02/2011 6:04:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“Luna”


7 posted on 07/02/2011 6:06:13 PM PDT by dadgum (Overjoyed to be a Pariah)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Does our ‘moon’ have a name?

Selene, Luna, I'm sure there are others.

/johnny

8 posted on 07/02/2011 6:06:59 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I call it Petey.


9 posted on 07/02/2011 6:09:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Windflier
Helene shimmers, Helen simmers:

Helen of Thomas: The face that launched a thousand quips.

10 posted on 07/02/2011 6:09:36 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Helen of Thomas: The face that launched a thousand quips.)
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To: Windflier

How could a moon this small have ICE on it?


11 posted on 07/02/2011 6:16:49 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: Ken522

There’s probably a 7-11 there or something,,,


12 posted on 07/02/2011 6:21:45 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: cripplecreek
There can’t be much gravity but there’s enough to pull those slides downhill.

How big is that moon anyway? I posted the thread, but I really haven't seen much else about it.

13 posted on 07/02/2011 6:32:09 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Ken522; KevinDavis

because its cold?

*shrug*


14 posted on 07/02/2011 6:32:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Windflier

It says its 22 miles across


15 posted on 07/02/2011 6:33:43 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: cripplecreek
"Helene is an irregularly shaped world 22 miles (35 kilometers) wide."

Excuse me while I utter a well deserved, Duh!

16 posted on 07/02/2011 6:34:16 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: mikrofon
Shouldn’t it have been named “Hillary”?

I know. What's up with that? They blew the opportunity to finally give a celestial body the perfect name.

17 posted on 07/02/2011 6:36:13 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Does our ‘moon’ have a name?

Yes, it's Luna.

Funny, I was just telling one of my kids that the other night. She's studying the Solar System, and I stumped her on that question.

18 posted on 07/02/2011 6:37:46 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Ken522
How could a moon this small have ICE on it?

It probably came that way from the factory.

19 posted on 07/02/2011 6:38:34 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Ken522
How could a moon this small have ICE on it?

Well, when you think about it, comets are supposedly composed of ice. Water ice is a natural compound that occurs all over the universe - not just here on earth.

20 posted on 07/02/2011 6:39:42 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: GeronL
It says its 22 miles across

I know. I've already done the facepalm boogie ;-)

21 posted on 07/02/2011 6:41:31 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Does our ‘moon’ have a name?

Unlike the moons circling other planets, in our solar system, our moon doesn't enjoy a distinctive name of its own.

It is simply referred to as 'The Moon' or sometimes 'lunar' (derived from the Latin Luna).

STE=Q

22 posted on 07/02/2011 6:41:59 PM PDT by STE=Q ("It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government" ... Thomas Paine)
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To: STE=Q
Apollonia is one name. As for HT's face here is the required antidose!


23 posted on 07/02/2011 6:49:09 PM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Luna - from where we get the term Lunatic -


24 posted on 07/02/2011 6:50:45 PM PDT by SkyDancer (You know they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: Windflier

World?

22 miles wide?

Its an icy rock for Pete’s sake.

World?....lol


25 posted on 07/02/2011 6:59:11 PM PDT by glasseye
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To: All

Oh, Duh on me! Hence the term ‘Lunatic,’ right? Crazy from howling at the Moon and all that?

For someone that gazes at the sky for no apparent reason whatsoever, day OR night - I’m really quite uninformed, LOL!

(I’m excited when I find the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper in the same night - and I know who Orion is...and that’s about it!)


26 posted on 07/02/2011 7:14:08 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Ken522
The Immigration folks have to be somewhere. So Obama put them there, lest they do what they are supposed to do on our southern border.
27 posted on 07/02/2011 7:14:50 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Ah, yes, the constellation of O’Ryan. Holding up a pint of MacEwans in each arm!


28 posted on 07/02/2011 7:16:58 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: glasseye
Its an icy rock for Pete’s sake. World?....lol

It appears that even science reporters are given to hyperbole, eh?

29 posted on 07/02/2011 7:17:03 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: STE=Q
Unlike the moons circling other planets, in our solar system, our moon doesn't enjoy a distinctive name of its own.

The Lunarians are gonna get you for that. Moonies are people too, you mean old right-wing conservative!

30 posted on 07/02/2011 7:20:01 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Young Werther

Alright.....that made me step outside and howl at the moon. Hoo boy!


31 posted on 07/02/2011 7:21:41 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: STE=Q

The earth and moon are really more of a dual planet system anyway.


32 posted on 07/02/2011 7:23:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SkyDancer

What are the names of the earth, moon, sun, and solar system?

All the other planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, etc.) have names. What’s the Earth’s name? The other moons in the solar system have names too (Phobos, Io, Titan, etc.). What’s our moon’s name? Our galaxy has a name: the Milky Way. So what’s the name of our solar system?

The name of our planet is the Earth. The name of our moon is the Moon. The name of our solar system is the Solar System.

Notice that I capitalize them, because when used as names, they are proper nouns. This also helps us distinguish between the planet Earth and earth (meaning soil), between the Earth’s Moon and moon (meaning the natural satellite of a planet), and between our Solar System and any other solar systems (since any system containing a star and a planet or a planet-forming disk can be called a solar system.)

This is the English language usage approved by the International Astronomical Union, the body in charge of naming celestial objects. It may seem odd that these important objects don’t have names, but if you think about it, it just reinforces their importance. For example, the Moon is the Moon, not just any moon. It requires no other name, because it’s the most important moon!

You may read or hear people using Luna for the Moon, or Terra or Gaia for the Earth, or Sol for the Sun, but in English-speaking countries, these are poetic terms, often seen in science fiction stories, but not used by astronomers in scientific writing. In some countries where Romance languages are spoken, these terms are the official names.

http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=289


33 posted on 07/02/2011 7:27:26 PM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012 - GAME ON!!)
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To: cripplecreek
There can’t be much gravity but there’s enough to pull those slides downhill.

If you jumped on an object of this size, you would launch yourself into space.

34 posted on 07/02/2011 7:39:08 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: He Rides A White Horse
If you jumped on an object of this size, you would launch yourself into space.

If you were standing, carefully, on it's surface and thru a golfball just so, you could likely put the golfball into orbit. (Actually, considering it's non-sphyrical shape, it might be kind of tough).

35 posted on 07/02/2011 8:01:31 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping-a-ling.


36 posted on 07/02/2011 8:04:08 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama are not rivals, they're running mates." - Rep. Thaddeus McCotter)
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To: 6SJ7
Twenty-two miles would yield a negligible gravity. You could probably put a golf ball in orbit (assuming you had the proper calculations).

Still a very cool picture all the same.

37 posted on 07/02/2011 8:16:10 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: Moonman62

Re: How could a moon this small have ICE on it?

Has solar electric generators to run the ice-making machnes.

THe EPA fucks up everything, doesn’t it?


38 posted on 07/02/2011 9:26:27 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Windflier

It’s very cool, but I still can’t get past Saturn’s hexagonal north pole:

http://videosonar.com/1/video/hexagon/yt-qzL194jiTyY.html


39 posted on 07/02/2011 10:05:39 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9
I still can’t get past Saturn’s hexagonal north pole

Saturn's hexagonal north pole has got to be the most inexplicable thing in our solar system. That is something that I simply cannot wrap my head around. It's a complete enigma to me.

40 posted on 07/02/2011 10:12:51 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

LOL! I’ll never look at him the same way again! :)


41 posted on 07/03/2011 5:51:07 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: free me

Thank you for all that information. I was rather waxing poetic in pointing out that lunatic comes from the word Luna which is a name given to the Moon by some groups and was in vogue during the Middle Ages. Just saying.


42 posted on 07/03/2011 7:42:28 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; cripplecreek; dadgum
Our moon is named Luna?

Isn't that like naming your dog Canine? Reminds me of that Jimmy Stewart movie where one of his sons is named Boy.

43 posted on 07/03/2011 7:48:31 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SkyDancer

Oh I know! Your post made me curious so I googled it and just posted the reply to you as an FYI to all.

Interesting stuff.


44 posted on 07/03/2011 8:33:47 AM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012 - GAME ON!!)
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To: free me

Thanks though for posting that ....


45 posted on 07/03/2011 8:49:04 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: Texas Eagle

I had a dog named Dog once, LOL!


46 posted on 07/03/2011 9:38:02 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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Astronomy Picture of the Day — Stereo Helene
NASA | June 23, 2011 | (see photo credit)
Posted on 06/23/2011 3:00:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2738692/posts


47 posted on 07/03/2011 2:58:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Colonel_Flagg; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; ...

Thanks Colonel_Flagg. It makes a nice "extra extra" for the APoD list.

48 posted on 07/03/2011 3:00:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; ELS; TheOldLady; Vaquero; originalbuckeye; Kevmo; LuvFreeRepublic; ...

49 posted on 07/04/2011 3:41:56 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Birthers are just as bad as the 9/11 Truthers..)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Ew not cool.


50 posted on 07/05/2011 4:17:54 PM PDT by wastedyears (SEAL SIX makes me proud to have been playing SOCOM since 2003.)
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