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Mystery object in Saturn's ring may be a new baby moon: Peggy
L A Times ^ | April 15, 2014, 6:30 a.m. | By Karen Kaplan

Posted on 04/16/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one -- an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.”

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted evidence that a mysterious object measuring perhaps half a mile across is disturbing the outer edge of Saturn’s large, bright A ring. The object’s gravity seems to have roughed up the ring’s usually smooth profile.

As a result, a stretch of the A ring that measures 750 miles long and 6 miles wide is now about 20% brighter than it would typically appear. The fuzzy blob on the A ring’s edge was imaged by Cassini’s narrow-angle camera exactly one year ago, on April 15, 2013.

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


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: astronomy; carlmurray; catastrophism; moons; peggy; planets; rings; saturn; xplanets

Astronomers say a bright blob at the edge of Saturn's rings may be evidence that a new moon is forming. (NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute)
1 posted on 04/16/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Peggy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku5UeUT7yIQ#t=10


2 posted on 04/16/2014 1:41:48 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: BenLurkin

Guess Saturn isn’t covered by Obamacare’s free contraceptives.....


3 posted on 04/16/2014 1:44:19 PM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: BenLurkin; SunkenCiv

... itty bitty baby Peggy ping!


4 posted on 04/16/2014 1:44:41 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: BenLurkin
Nah, that is just Speed Racer.
5 posted on 04/16/2014 1:45:06 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: BenLurkin

THAT’S NO MOON.


6 posted on 04/16/2014 1:46:03 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: BenLurkin

All the billions of dollars thrown at NASA and this is
the best image they can come up with. We pay for color,
state of the art high definition digital imagery and we
get 60’s quality Twilight Zone.

Interesting though. Thanks for the post.


7 posted on 04/16/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Jane Long

8 posted on 04/16/2014 1:47:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Peggy? I know tech support has been moved off shore, but this is ridiculous.


9 posted on 04/16/2014 1:49:19 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Revolting cat!
Who's the baby daddy?


10 posted on 04/16/2014 1:49:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: BenLurkin; SunkenCiv

Dees ees Peggy!

11 posted on 04/16/2014 1:50:13 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: BenLurkin
"Yeah, Al named a moon after me once. Nothing you'd want to aim a telescope at."


12 posted on 04/16/2014 1:51:24 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: BenLurkin

Look. If Pluto can’t be a planet, that 1/2 mile wide rock can’t be a moon.

Denied.


13 posted on 04/16/2014 1:52:18 PM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: BenLurkin
Here's a closeup.


14 posted on 04/16/2014 1:54:15 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: BenLurkin
peggy hill photo: peggy hill the-peggy-horror-picture-show-20070126053055878.jpg
15 posted on 04/16/2014 1:55:22 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: BenLurkin

Say, that reminds me. Did you know you can use wood glue to clean your vinyl records?


16 posted on 04/16/2014 1:55:25 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: TheZMan
Look. If Pluto can’t be a planet, that 1/2 mile wide rock can’t be a moon.

Why did they downgrade Pluto again? And, if it is not a planet then what the heck is it?

17 posted on 04/16/2014 1:55:32 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Slyfox

Pluto is a dwarf planet. Pluto can’t be a planet because it’s just one of many similar objects that occupy Pluto’s general orbit. This wasn’t known at the time of its discovery, however.


18 posted on 04/16/2014 2:03:09 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: momtothree; colorado tanker; BenLurkin; KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; ...
Saturn's moons run rings arou- uh, never mind. Thanks all.
 
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19 posted on 04/16/2014 2:35:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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20 posted on 04/16/2014 2:36:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cuban leaf

No way!


21 posted on 04/16/2014 3:22:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

But then, even if it is a dwarf it is still a planet?


22 posted on 04/16/2014 3:28:25 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: BenLurkin

That is the alien spaceship that has been weaving the rings for millions of years now. When it is finished Saturn will be transported (stolen) to another solar system.


23 posted on 04/16/2014 3:47:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Slyfox

Not a planet, a dwarf planet. There are actually two asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, that are also recognized as dwarf planets. The classification of “dwarf planet” puts Pluto above common debris-like objects in only one respect: it’s large enough to assume a round shape. This might also make it a full-fledged planet except for one thing it shares with both Ceres and Vesta: it’s part of a larger group of objects, none of which has enough gravitational gusto to clear the others out of its path and be king of the hill.

From memory I’ll cite the 3 rules for planet status:
1. It must orbit the sun.
2. It must be large enough to assume a hydrostatic round shape.
3. It must have cleared its orbit.

Since Pluto falls short of #3, as does Ceres and Vesta, it’s called a dwarf planet. Anything failing condition #2 is “everything else”. Pluto is part of the Kuiper belt similar to how Ceres and Vesta are part of the asteroid belt.


24 posted on 04/16/2014 3:47:31 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Jane Long
"Peggy? Sure."
25 posted on 04/16/2014 4:19:53 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: BenLurkin
Uh Oh!


26 posted on 04/16/2014 4:26:11 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Jane Long; BenLurkin; All

Way ahead of me on the youtube link, Jane Long (my thoughts exactly). Thanks for the post, Ben Lurkin. Interesting. Post/thread BUMP!


27 posted on 04/16/2014 5:53:01 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Well, that sure is going to mess up how kids memorize the planets, ain’t it?


28 posted on 04/16/2014 6:12:22 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Slyfox

I doubt it will stunt their growth. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. I would think with only 8 now it would be even simpler. I am quite confident that Pluto has no hurt feelings, or it would have left the solar system as a disgruntled rogue planet.


29 posted on 04/16/2014 7:23:20 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
I am quite confident that Pluto has no hurt feelings, or it would have left the solar system as a disgruntled rogue planet.

Then I guess it becomes an asteroid. Cool.

30 posted on 04/16/2014 8:17:36 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: BenLurkin

Neat! I haven’t seen baby moons since I sold my Chevelle...


31 posted on 04/16/2014 8:20:11 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: BenLurkin

Titebond II is my choice. Go to youtube and check it out. The glue will not stick to vinyl. You squirt it on fairly liberally, spread it with a credit card to create an even coating and let it dry. You then peal it off as a single reverse image “skin” of the record and it takes with it every scrap of junk that is not actually embedded in the vinyl.

For “special” records it is very much worth it.


32 posted on 04/17/2014 5:46:59 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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