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Asteroid Found with Rings! First-of-Its-Kind Discovery Stuns Astronomers
Space.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nola Taylor Redd

Posted on 03/26/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey

Scientists have made a stunning discovery in the outer realm of the solar system — an asteroid with its own set of rings that orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus. The space rock is the first non-planetary object ever found to have its own ring system, researchers say.

The pair of space rock rings encircle the asteroid Chariklo. They were most likely formed after a collision scattered debris around the asteroid, according to a new study unveiled today (March 27). The asteroid rings also suggests the presence of a still-undiscovered moon around Chariklo that's keeping them stable, researchers said.

"We weren’t looking for a ring and didn’t think small bodies like Chariklo had them at all, so the discovery — and the amazing amount of detail we saw in the system — came as a complete surprise!" study leader Felipe Braga-Ribas, of the National Observatory in Brazil said in a statement today.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 10199chariklo; asteroid; catastrophism; centaur; chariklo; nearchallenge; saturn; space; thomasvandflandern; tomvanflandern; tvf; uranus; xplanets
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1 posted on 03/26/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 03/26/2014 12:09:17 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: 12th_Monkey
...an asteroid with its own set of rings that orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus

Heh-heh-heh...................

3 posted on 03/26/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger

I know...I know


4 posted on 03/26/2014 12:16:09 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Red Badger
In case you have trouble discerning a hole in the ground from it...

5 posted on 03/26/2014 12:17:17 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: left that other site; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; ...
Wow! Thanks left that other site for the ping! Two-list topic, too.

6 posted on 03/26/2014 12:17:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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Wow! Thanks left that other site for the ping! Two-list topic, too.
 
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7 posted on 03/26/2014 12:18:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: SunkenCiv

My Pleasure!

Always on the lookout for cool stuff!


8 posted on 03/26/2014 12:19:46 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: MrB

Pronounced Your-Anus or Urine-ess?


9 posted on 03/26/2014 12:23:26 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Man, won’t Pluto be pissed if’n they designate this one a planet...


10 posted on 03/26/2014 12:24:13 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: 12th_Monkey

I prefer our astronomers not to be stunned. The last time they’re stunned could be, well, bad.


11 posted on 03/26/2014 12:25:00 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: MrB

It’s pretty funny my elementary teacher taught us to call it U-RAIN-E-US.

I couldn’t figure out why people kept calling it with that other name until years later.


12 posted on 03/26/2014 12:25:22 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: 12th_Monkey
Previously only giant gas planets, most famously Saturn, were thought to possess bands made up of dust, rocks and ice.

You mean the science was settled?

13 posted on 03/26/2014 12:26:50 PM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: Rebelbase

I snagged that image when I saw it.
Very little funnier than something pointing out Uranus.


14 posted on 03/26/2014 12:26:53 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: John W

well that deep into space I think would garner some kind of surprise.


15 posted on 03/26/2014 12:27:22 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Three posts. It took only three posts. ;-)


16 posted on 03/26/2014 12:28:34 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: rjsimmon

Pluto got a raw deal. Thanks Neil Degrasse Tyson


17 posted on 03/26/2014 12:29:02 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: trad_anglican

VERY good point


18 posted on 03/26/2014 12:29:51 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

I’m calling it the Hip-Hop Asteroid, for all of its bling from the rings.


19 posted on 03/26/2014 12:31:59 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

That’s really cool.


20 posted on 03/26/2014 12:33:01 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: trad_anglican

It was funny last night. My 7 yr old, trying to support her grandmother, said “grammy uses the latest science as her reference”. To which “grammy” retorted, “no, I only use the BEST science as my referece.”

After which I ask - “and just how do you determine that?”


21 posted on 03/26/2014 12:33:23 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Night Hides Not

Word!!!


22 posted on 03/26/2014 12:34:15 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: trad_anglican

No. Not what they meant.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 12:34:42 PM PDT by Fuzz
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To: miliantnutcase

I thought so too.

Heck, I didn’t even know there were asteroids that far out.


24 posted on 03/26/2014 12:35:19 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Heck, I didn’t even know there were asteroids that far out.

Just watch these scientists go crazy when the asteroid changes course and heads towards the Monolith.

25 posted on 03/26/2014 12:38:44 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: John W

Completely unexpected! Astronomers’ beebers stunned!


26 posted on 03/26/2014 12:39:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Night Hides Not

“it’s full of stars”


27 posted on 03/26/2014 12:41:52 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Pluto got a raw deal. Thanks Neil Degrasse Tyson

He apologised to Dr. Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory, but Shellie didn't accept it. Neither do I...

28 posted on 03/26/2014 12:44:07 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Kind of cool


29 posted on 03/26/2014 12:47:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: rjsimmon

LOL, me either.


30 posted on 03/26/2014 12:47:09 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: MrB
Very little funnier than something pointing out Uranus.

I think you're talking out Uranus...

31 posted on 03/26/2014 12:58:18 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: null and void

Typing’s harder.


32 posted on 03/26/2014 1:00:13 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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http://metaresearch.org/solar%20system/asteroids/near/NEARChallengeBackground.asp

http://metaresearch.org/solar%20system/asteroids/near/NEARChallengeUpdate151298.asp

http://metaresearch.org/solar%20system/asteroids/trans-NeptunianAsteroids.asp


33 posted on 03/26/2014 1:01:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: Rebelbase
An alternative would be the use the Greek pronunciation of the god the planet is named for--Ouranos: oo-rah-NOSS.

Maybe they should have stuck with the name Herschel, after the discoverer.

34 posted on 03/26/2014 1:02:31 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: MrB

Writer’s cramps?


35 posted on 03/26/2014 1:02:44 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: null and void

I can see that no matter what, you’re going to beat me in a race to the bottom...


36 posted on 03/26/2014 1:03:52 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Cool.

The first thing to my mind when these discoveries are made is “The science is settled. The debate is over.”


37 posted on 03/26/2014 1:05:11 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: rjsimmon

If they are able to count the rings, they can determine how old it is.


38 posted on 03/26/2014 1:05:21 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: MrB

Awwwww, you quit so early. I was hoping to play my hole card...


39 posted on 03/26/2014 1:05:52 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Always get a kick out listening to folks who think that they know how things work find out they had no idea....


40 posted on 03/26/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Organic Panic

The “settled science” quote always makes me laugh. Very few things are “settled”, like maybe Newtons Laws. But a dynamic system that is always changing can’t have “settled” science.


41 posted on 03/26/2014 1:09:56 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Even Newton’s got all upset when conditions got relativistic.

So, no, the best they can say is “to the best of our understanding at this time”.


42 posted on 03/26/2014 1:11:10 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Nifster

We know very little about the workings of the universe.


43 posted on 03/26/2014 1:12:20 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: MrB

there you go...

Quantum mechanics had to be invented because Newtons laws didn’t hold true to particles.


44 posted on 03/26/2014 1:14:13 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Enough to be dangerous, not enough to be really dangerous...
45 posted on 03/26/2014 1:15:51 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: Rebelbase

Urectum


46 posted on 03/26/2014 1:22:21 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Organic Panic

Unless we un-see it, or the data turns out to be flawed, the ‘debate’ is over, rings can circle an asteroid.


47 posted on 03/26/2014 1:24:12 PM PDT by Fuzz
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To: 12th_Monkey

So cool.


48 posted on 03/26/2014 1:27:26 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: JRios1968

Rectum...darn near killed’m!


49 posted on 03/26/2014 2:18:49 PM PDT by Go_Raiders (Freedom doesn't give you the right to take from others, no matter how innocent your program sounds.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

true words really hard to understand what is going on when what you measure occurred oh so long ago and far far away


50 posted on 03/26/2014 6:31:50 PM PDT by Nifster
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