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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Voyager's Neptune

    05/15/2014 9:34:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | May 15, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Cruising through the outer solar system, the Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptune on August 25, 1989, the only spacecraft to visit the most distant gas giant. Based on the images recorded during its close encounter and in the following days, this inspired composited scene covers the dim outer planet, largest moon Triton, and faint system of rings. From just beyond Neptune's orbit, the interplanetary perspective looks back toward the Sun, capturing the planet and Triton as thin sunlit crescents. Cirrus clouds and a dark band circle Neptune's south polar region, with a cloudy vortex above...
  • NASA's WISE Colors in Unknowns on Jupiter Asteroids

    10/16/2012 9:32:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    "We're NASA and we know it!" ^ | October 15, 2012 | Whitney Clavin
    Scientists using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, have uncovered new clues in the ongoing mystery of the Jovian Trojans -- asteroids that orbit the sun on the same path as Jupiter. Like racehorses, the asteroids travel in packs, with one group leading the way in front of the gas giant, and a second group trailing behind. The observations are the first to get a detailed look at the Trojans' colors: both the leading and trailing packs are made up of predominantly dark, reddish rocks with a matte, non-reflecting surface. What's more, the data verify the previous...
  • Three New "Plutos"? Possible Dwarf Planets Found

    08/16/2011 12:47:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com ^ | Published August 11, 2011 | Rachel Kaufman
    Small objects could be rounded worlds, based on likely sizes, experts say. Three relatively bright space rocks recently found in Pluto's neighborhood may be new members of the dwarf planet family, astronomers say. The objects were discovered in a little studied section of the Kuiper belt, a region of the solar system that starts beyond the orbit of Neptune and extends 5.1 billion miles (8.2 billion kilometers) from the sun. Astronomer Scott Sheppard, of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, and colleagues found the bodies using the 1.3-meter Warsaw University Telescope at Las Campanas in Chile. The region of the Kuiper...
  • An Unknown Planet Orbits in the Outer Solar System

    08/05/2007 6:22:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 58 replies · 1,200+ views
    A theory is hereby proposed that an unknown mega-massive planet has, for billions of years, been orbiting at 77.2 AU from the sun -- within a 44 AU-wide, virtually empty Great Void that surrounds the Kuiper Belt (One AU = 93 million miles, the mean Earth-Sun distance). The Void is postulated to have been formed by strong gravitational attraction of the unknown planet having removed all CKBOs (Classical Kuiper Belt Objects) that had existed previously in the vicinity of the massive planet's huge orbit... The 77.2 AU distance from the sun of the proposed unknown planet is derived from a...
  • On the Fringe: Astronomers look to the Kuiper belt for clues to the solar system's history

    01/14/2010 3:15:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 732+ views
    Science News ^ | January 16th, 2010 | Ron Cowen
    Beyond Neptune lies a reservoir of... icy debris left to roam the solar system's dim outer limits having never coalesced into planets... Named for astronomer Gerard Kuiper, who in 1951 predicted the existence of this 3-billion-kilometer-wide swath of icy chunks, the Kuiper belt didn't begin to reveal itself to observers until 1992. Since then, researchers have found more than a thousand bodies filling a doughnut-shaped belt, which extends 30 to about 50 astronomical units from the sun. One astronomical unit is the average distance between the Earth and sun... The puffed-up, elongated orbits and present-day sparseness of the belt all...
  • Asteroid Belt Loaded with Former Comets

    07/16/2009 7:32:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 1,536+ views
    Discovery ^ | Thursday, July 16, 2009 | AFP
    Many of the primitive bodies wandering the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter are former comets, tossed out of orbit by a brutal ballet between the giant outer planets, said a team of astrophysicists. A commonly accepted theory is that the asteroid belt is the rubble left over from a "proto-planetary disk," the dense ring of gas that surrounds a new-born star. But the orbiting rocks have long been a source of deep curiosity. They are remarkably varied, ranging from mixtures of ice and rock to igneous rocks, which implies they have jumbled origins. The answer to the mystery, according...
  • Solving Solar System Quandaries Is Simple: Just Flip-flop The Position Of Uranus And Neptune

    12/30/2007 5:44:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 96+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2007 | adapted from Arizona State University materials
    ...the planets weren't always in the order they are today. Four billion years ago, early in the solar system's evolution, Uranus and Neptune switched places. This is the result of recent work by Steve Desch, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. The work appears in this week's Astrophysical Journal. Desch based his conclusion on his calculations of the surface density of the solar nebula. The solar nebula is the disk of gas and dust out of which all of the planets formed. The surface density -- or mass per area -- of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Despina, Moon of Neptune

    01/15/2014 9:11:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | January 16, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Despina is a tiny moon of Neptune. A mere 148 kilometers across, diminutive Despina was discovered in 1989, in images from the Voyager 2 spacecraft taken during its encounter with the solar system's most distant gas giant planet. But looking through the Voyager 2 data 20 years later, amateur image processor and philosophy professor Ted Stryk discovered something no one had recognized before -- images that show the shadow of Despina in transit across Neptune's blue cloud tops. His composite view of Despina and its shadow is composed of four archival frames taken on August 24, 1989, separated by...
  • The Obama Legacy in Planetary Exploration

    01/06/2014 9:19:21 AM PST · by Farnsworth · 28 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 04, 2014 | Mark V. Sykes
    It is frustrating, at a time when other nations are in ascendancy in space, that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama seems committed to undermining the nation's own solar system exploration program. The Obama administration cut NASA's planetary-sciences budget by 20 percent in 2013. It has taken the National Research Council's (NRC) recommendations for prioritizing planetary investments in bad economic times and turned those recommendations upside down. The administration continues to favor large, directed projects at the expense of programs and missions that are openly competed.
  • Enigma of Uranus solved at last

    03/10/2004 10:47:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 788+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/10/04 | AFP - Paris
    PARIS (AFP) - Uranus has puzzled scientists ever since the probe Voyager 2 did a flyby in 1986 and found that its magnetic field appeared to break the planetary rulebook. The evidence from Earth, Jupiter and Saturn determined that a planet's magnetic field should be like that of a bar magnet, with a north and south pole that runs roughly along the sphere's rotational axis. But Uranus -- and Neptune, too, Voyager found -- are radically different. Their magnetic fields are tipped over (the north-to-south line lies midway to the equator or even closer) and there are two north and...
  • Neptune may have eaten a planet and stolen its moon

    04/03/2010 9:16:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 771+ views
    New Scientist ^ | March 22, 2010 | David Shiga
    Neptune's own existence was a puzzle until recently. The dusty cloud that gave birth to the planets probably thinned out further from the sun. With building material so scarce, it is hard to understand how Uranus and Neptune, the two outermost planets, managed to get so big. But what if they formed closer in? In 2005, a team of scientists proposed that the giant planets shifted positions in an early upheaval (New Scientist, 25 November 2006, p 40). In this scenario, Uranus and Neptune formed much closer to the sun and migrated outwards, possibly swapping places in the process. That...
  • Evening Lectures on Migrating Planets, Hazardous Asteroids Search

    09/19/2009 8:05:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 379+ views
    University of Arizona ^ | September 4, 2009 | University Communications
    The University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory is launching its Fall 2009 Evening Lecture Series with talks on wandering solar system planets and searches for hazardous asteroids from Mount Lemmon... Planetary sciences professor Renu Malhotra will speak on "Migrating Planets" on Tuesday, Sept. 15. [whoops] Did the solar system always look the way it is now? New studies by Malhotra and others find that the outer planets -- Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune -- were more tightly clustered in the early solar system, then moved away from each other. Malhotra's models show that as the solar system evolved, Jupiter...
  • New tiny moon found orbiting faraway Neptune

    07/15/2013 1:16:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2013 4:08 PM EDT | Marcia Dunn
    Chalk up one more moon for Neptune. NASA announced the discovery of Neptune’s 14th moon Monday. The Hubble Space Telescope captured the moon as a white dot in photos of Neptune on the outskirts of our solar system. The new moon—Neptune’s tiniest at just 12 miles across—is designated S/2004 N 1. …
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Crescent Neptune and Triton

    04/14/2013 7:57:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    NASA ^ | April 14, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Gliding silently through the outer Solar System, the Voyager 2 spacecraft camera captured Neptune and Triton together in crescent phase in 1989. The elegant picture of the gas giant planet and its cloudy moon was taken from behind just after closest approach. It could not have been taken from Earth because Neptune never shows a crescent phase to sunward Earth. The unusual vantage point also robs Neptune of its familiar blue hue, as sunlight seen from here is scattered forward, and so is reddened like the setting Sun. Neptune is smaller but more massive than Uranus, has several dark...
  • Migrating planets caused meteor storm

    03/26/2013 3:29:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Migrating planets caused meteor stormMonday, 25 March 2013 Stuart GaryABC New research supports the theory of planetary migration sparking a massive meteor storm that rocked the inner solar system 3.9 billion years ago(Source: NASA) Related Stories Moon map reveals deeply fractured crust, Science Online, 06 Dec 2012Vesta a baby planet, not an asteroid, Science Online, 11 May 2012 Meteor storm Migration of giant gas planets such as Jupiter created the biggest meteor storm in our solar system's history, according to a new study. The research in the journal Nature Geoscience paints the clearest picture yet of the causes of the...
  • Sounds of the sea: Listening online to the ocean floor (US Navy not happy)

    01/17/2012 8:20:34 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | Rhitu Chatterjee and Rob Hugh-Jones
    Satellite photos used to be for military eyes only, but Google Earth changed all that. Now something similar is happening to the ocean depths, with any web user able to listen in and "surf the sea floor" - and the US Navy is not happy."The cable is going underneath here," says Benoit Pirenne, standing at the water's edge on Canada's Vancouver Island. "It's going out 500 miles (800km) in a big loop in the ocean, coming back in the same place." The Vancouver cable connects a network of scientific instruments on the floor of the north Pacific, some as deep...
  • Giant planet ejected from the solar system

    11/11/2011 5:16:23 AM PST · by decimon · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Southwest Research Institute ^ | November 10, 2011
    Boulder, Colo. — Nov. 10, 2011 — Just as an expert chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a giant planet and spared the Earth, according to an article recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. "We have all sorts of clues about the early evolution of the solar system," says author Dr. David Nesvorny of the Southwest Research Institute. "They come from the analysis of the trans-Neptunian population of small bodies known as the Kuiper Belt, and from the lunar cratering record." These clues suggest that the orbits of giant...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Hurricane Irene Forms

    08/28/2011 4:48:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NASA ^ | August 27, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How does a hurricane form? Although a complete picture is still being researched, insight into this process might be gleaned by watching the above time lapse movie of the formation of Hurricane Irene, a large storm system currently threatening the eastern seaboard of the USA. Starting as a slight pressure difference visible as nondescript clouds on the lower right, Hurricane Irene is shown growing into large spiraling storm system of low pressure off the coast of South Carolina. A hurricane is powered by evaporating ocean water, and so typically gains strength over warm water and loses strength over land....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Neptune: Once Around

    07/14/2011 3:10:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    NASA ^ | July 14, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Neptune rotates once on its axis in about 16 hours. So, spaced about 4 hours apart these 4 images of the solar system's most distant gas giant cover one Neptune day. Recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope in late June they combine exposures made with visible and near-infrared filters to show high-altitude clouds composed of methane ice crystals against the planet's normally blue cloud tops. Because Neptune's axis of rotation is tilted to its orbital plane by 29 degrees, compared to Earth's 23.5 degrees, Neptune experiences seasons analogous to Earth's. As early summer comes to Neptune's southern hemisphere and...
  • Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

    05/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT · by bronxville · 99 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn't one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it's a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism — and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its fallen state. The "old" paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word "paganism" comes from the Latin...
  • Night Sky Query

    01/30/2011 12:40:30 PM PST · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 46 replies
    Another stinkin vanity from Cletus | Star Date 2799.33 | Duh...
    Okay, you FR sky watchers, what is the very bright planet I see each morning as I make my way into the city of Chicago? It is in the SE sky. Just asking and yes, I've checked Uranus...
  • A FOCAL Mission into the Oort Cloud

    11/15/2010 1:22:29 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 11/15/10 | Paul Gilster
    A FOCAL Mission into the Oort Cloud by Paul Gilster on November 15, 2010 After all this time, IÂ’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of massive objects in space as lenses, their distortion of spacetime offering the ability to see distant objects at huge magnification. On Friday we saw how the lensing effect caused by galactic clusters can be used to study dark energy. And consider the early results from the Herschel-ATLAS project, conducted by ESAÂ’s Herschel Space Observatory. Herschel is scanning large areas of the sky in far-infrared and sub-millimeter light. Many of its...
  • Asteroid discovered in Neptunian dead zone [L5 Neptune Trojan asteroid]

    08/29/2010 4:29:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/12/2010 | Denise Chow
    The asteroid, which follows Neptune's orbit around the sun, ...classified as a Trojan, was found in a difficult-to-detect area near Neptune, known as the Lagrangian point L5. Lagrangian points are five areas in space where the gravitational tugs from two relatively massive bodies -- such as Neptune and the sun -- balance out. This allows smaller bodies, like asteroids, to remain stable and fixed in synch with the planet's orbit, as they orbit the sun... Trojan asteroids have previously been found in some of the stable points near Neptune and Jupiter, but this is the first discovery of a Trojan...
  • Uranus may have Melting and Resolidifying Diamond Oceans

    01/19/2010 6:54:40 AM PST · by rface · 68 replies · 1,635+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Jan 2010 | Eric Bland
    Oceans of liquid diamond, filled with solid diamond icebergs, could be floating on Neptune and Uranus, according to a recent article in the journal Nature Physics. The research, based on first detailed measurements of the melting point of diamond, found diamond behaves like water during freezing and melting, with solid forms floating atop liquid forms. The surprising revelation gives scientists a new understanding about diamonds and some of the most distant planets in our solar system..
  • Diamond Oceans Possible on Uranus, Neptune

    01/17/2010 3:44:54 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 45 replies · 1,416+ views
    Discovery ^ | 1/15/10 | Eric Bland
    By melting and resolidifying diamond, scientists explain how such liquid diamond oceans may be possible.Oceans of liquid diamond, filled with solid diamond icebergs, could be floating on Neptune and Uranus, according to a recent article in the journal Nature Physics. The research, based on first detailed measurements of the melting point of diamond, found diamond behaves like water during freezing and melting, with solid forms floating atop liquid forms. The surprising revelation gives scientists a new understanding about diamonds and some of the most distant planets in our solar system. "Diamond is a relatively common material on Earth, but...
  • Galileo's notebooks may reveal secrets of new planet

    07/09/2009 7:04:30 AM PDT · by decimon · 4 replies · 382+ views
    University of Melbourne ^ | Jul 9, 2009 | Unknown
    Galileo knew he had discovered a new planet in 1613, 234 years before its official discovery date, according to a new theory by a University of Melbourne physicist. Professor David Jamieson, Head of the School of Physics, is investigating the notebooks of Galileo from 400 years ago and believes that buried in the notations is the evidence that he discovered a new planet that we now know as Neptune. A hypothesis of how to look for this evidence has been published in the journal Australian Physics and was presented at the first lecture in the 2009 July Lectures in Physics...
  • Face of Defense: Veteran Submariner Garners Coveted Neptune Award

    02/27/2009 4:26:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 453+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2009 – Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Korey Ketola recalled that he was uneasy when he embarked on his first submarine patrol in 1983. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Korey Ketola, current holder of the Neptune Award for having completed 35 strategic submarine patrols -- the most patrols among active-duty officers and enlisted members in the Navy -- poses with his 2005 Neptune Award, which he received for completing 29 patrols, at Naval Submarine Base King’s Bay, Ga., Feb. 18, 2009. DoD photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I was scared,”...
  • Civil War veteran is finally getting a headstone

    01/15/2009 7:55:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 296+ views
    star ledger ^ | 10.18.08 | MaryAnn Spoto
    Time nearly forgot Lorenzo Reynolds. Buried in a grave with no marker, Reynolds spent nearly a century in anonymity in Historic Mount Prospect Cemetery in Neptune. That changes today as veterans groups and descendants gather at the Civil War veteran's grave to unveil a 3-foot-tall white marble headstone. "It honors him. He was a young single man, and he went and fought in a terrible, terrible war," said Mary Ellen McNamara of Allenhurst, Reynolds' great-great niece. McNamara, 66, said she doesn't know why Reynolds didn't have a grave marker. Perhaps his family couldn't afford one. Maybe that task fell through...
  • Melting ice under pressure

    09/26/2008 4:55:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 407+ views
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ^ | September 22, 2008 | Eric Schwegler, Anne M. Stark
    The deep interior of Neptune, Uranus and Earth may contain some solid ice. Through first-principle molecular dynamics simulations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, together with University of California, Davis collaborators, used a two-phase approach to determine the melting temperature of ice VII (a high-pressure phase of ice) in pressures ranging from 100,000 to 500,000 atmospheres. For pressures between 100,000 and 400,000 atmospheres, the team, led by Eric Schwegler, found that ice melts as a molecular solid (similar to how ice melts in a cold drink). But in pressures above 450,000 atmospheres, there is a sharp increase in the slope of...
  • Astronomers Find a New "Minor Planet" near Neptune

    08/18/2008 12:16:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 234+ views
    Universe Today ^ | 8/18/08 | Nancy Atkinson
    Orbit of solar system object SQ372 (blue) compared with the orbits of Neptune Pluto and Sedna (white, green, red). Credit: N. Kaib. Astronomers announced today that a new "minor planet" with an unusual orbit has been found just two billion miles from Earth, closer than Neptune. Using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, astronomers detected a small, comet-like object called 2006 SQ372, which is likely made of rock and ice. However, its orbit never brings it close enough to the sun for it to develop a tail. Its unusual orbit is an ellipse that is four times longer than it...
  • Neptune News [Neptune's warming correlates to Earth's warming and solar activity]

    05/31/2007 11:29:24 AM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies · 3,777+ views
    Neptune is the planet farthest from the Sun (Pluto is now considered only a dwarf planet), Neptune is the planet farthest from the Earth, and to our knowledge, there has been absolutely no industrialization out at Neptune in recent centuries. There has been no recent build-up of greenhouse gases there, no deforestation, no rapid urbanization, no increase in contrails from jet airplanes, and no increase in ozone in the low atmosphere; recent changes at Neptune could never be blamed on any human influence. Incredibly, an article has appeared in a recent issue of Geophysical Research Letters showing a stunning relationship...
  • Warming Without SUVs On Neptune

    06/03/2007 12:02:53 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 40 replies · 2,023+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 2 June 2007 | Staff
    Climate: A world that can't shut out Al Gore, environmental alarmists and hot-air celebrities can't avoid the hysterical warnings that Earth is warming. But who knew that Neptune appears to be getting hotter, too? In a study recently published in Geophysical Research Letters, H.B. Hammel of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., and G.W. Lockwood of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., found that Neptune's brightness appears to correlate with temperature changes on Earth. They also noted that Neptune's temperature warmed from 1980 to 2004.
  • New insights into composition of giant planets

    10/18/2006 11:22:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 322+ views
    Spaceflight Now ^ | October 18, 2006 | Division For Planetary Sciences
    In our Solar System, four planets stand out for their sheer mass and size. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune indeed qualify as "giant planets" because they are larger than any terrestrial planet and much more massive than all other objects in the Solar System, except the Sun, put together. According to Dr. Guillot, "the giant planets, because of their gravitational might, they have played a key role in the formation of the Solar System, tossing around many objects in the system, preventing the formation of a planet in what is now the asteroid belt, and directly leading to the formation...
  • Are There Oceans on Neptune?

    10/03/2006 5:48:47 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 41 replies · 977+ views
    Universe Today ^ | October 3rd, 2006 | Fraser Cain
    Smaller and cooler than the gas giants, Neptune and Uranus are classified as ice giants. It’s a good name, since they do have large quantities of water ice mixed in with a largely hydrogen and helium atmosphere. There’s very little water at the cloud tops, but the percentage of water increases as you descend towards the heavier core. Could there be a layer on Neptune with enough pressure and temperature for liquid water to form into vast oceans? And if not Neptune, what about a Neptune-like planet orbiting another star? First, a little about Neptune. This “ice giant” planet orbits...
  • Astronomers poised to apply novel way to look for comets beyond Neptune

    11/07/2005 10:41:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 469+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 7-Jan-2003 | Anne Stark
    Rather than look for the light reflected directly by these objects (as is customary astronomy practice), this project will search for those very rare moments when one of these objects passes between the telescopes and a nearby background star. This brief "eclipse" lasts less than a second, but will allow the scientists to study objects that are much too faint to be seen in reflected sunlight, even with the largest telescopes.
  • The Difference Between Fallen Angels, Demons, Aliens, Jedi, and the Watchers

    05/12/2006 8:24:27 PM PDT · by restornu · 121 replies · 31,935+ views
    The Watcher Files ^ | By Sherry Shriner
    In these last days, the Bible says it will be a time of mass hybridization and the mixture and corruption of human DNA by fallen angels, also known as "Aliens." The government is and has been, conditioning the existence of aliens through Hollywood, science fiction, cartoons, and other sources. However, they are not telling you the whole truth. These Aliens are not ascended masters, or enlightened ones, or beings from galaxies millions of miles away, nor are they our forefathers or original creators. They are fallen angels who were kicked out of heaven for their rebellion against the headship...
  • Neptune Might Have Captured Triton

    05/10/2006 12:31:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,120+ views
    Space.com on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/06 | Sara Goudarzi
    Neptune's largest moon, Triton, was originally a member of a duo orbiting the Sun but was kidnapped during a close encounter with Neptune, a new model suggests. Triton is unique among large moons in that it orbits Neptune in a direction opposite to the planet's rotation, which long ago led scientists to speculate that the moon originally orbited the Sun. But until now, no convincing theory for how Triton paired with Neptune existed. Gravity might have pulled Triton away from its companion to make it an orbiting satellite of Neptune, researchers report in a new study published in the May...
  • Three U.S. Ships Complete Neptune Warrior Coalition Course (Greyhounds of the Navy)

    03/15/2006 4:35:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Lt. Bill Urban
    FASLANE, Scotland (NNS) -- Three ships led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 24 departed Faslane, Scotland, March 11, having completed Neptune Warrior, a coalition course off the coast of Scotland with ships from the United Kingdom and Germany and aircraft from France. Capt. Carl W. Cramb, commander, DESRON 24, led the three ships, USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Barry (DDG 52), and USS Elrod (FFG 55), during their transit to Scotland and then commanded one of the international Task Groups during Neptune Warrior. Joint Maritime Operational Training Staff (JMOTS) Northwood in the United Kingdom led the Neptune Warrior course. The...
  • Three U.S. Ships Arrive in Scotland for Neptune Warrior Coalition Course

    02/23/2006 4:16:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Feb 23, 2006 | Lt. Bill Urban
    FASLANE, Scotland (NNS) -- Three U.S. ships, led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 24 arrived in Faslane, Scotland, to participate in a coalition course with ships from the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark, Feb. 23. Capt. Carl W. Cramb, commander, DESRON 24, embarked on USS Ross (DDG 71), will lead one side’s maritime component during the course, including ships from Germany, the United Kingdom and USS Elrod (FFG 55). The second maritime component will be led by the commanding officer of HMS Edinburgh (D97), a destroyer from the United Kingdom, and will also include USS Barry (DDG 52). “The staff...
  • First Neptune Trojan Discovered

    12/28/2005 3:40:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 533+ views
    Lowell Observatory ^ | January 8, 2003 | Kristi Phillips, Manager of Media Relations and Public Affairs
    This small body, known as 2001 QR322, leads Neptune around its orbit in such a way as to maintain, on average, approximately equal distance from Neptune and the Sun. As such, it mimics the Trojan asteroids of Jupiter which orbit the Sun in two clouds approximately 60 degrees ahead of and behind Jupiter. The first Jovian Trojan was discovered in 1906 and approximately 1,560 such objects are known today. However, until the discovery of 2001 QR322, Trojan-like objects associated with other giant planets had not been found.
  • 'Neptune' keeps medic busy in Afghanistan

    08/22/2005 8:52:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 250+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Aug 22, 2005 | Pfc. Mike Pryor
    `NAWA, Afghanistan (Army News Service, Aug. 22, 2005) – It wasn’t even noon yet and already Sgt. Christopher Turner had been hit in the face by concrete fragments, forced to deputize a chaplain to man his under-strength aid station, and given emergency CPR to an officer who had stopped breathing. “I’m just managing the chaos,” Turner said cheerfully as he prepped another IV bag for use. Turner, 29, originally from Glenrothes, Scotland, is a medic attached to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. He has been busy since the battalion began combat operations in Eastern Afghanistan...
  • Probe To 'Look Inside' Asteroids

    07/28/2004 8:22:08 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 956+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-28-2004 | Paul Rincon
    Probe to 'look inside' asteroids By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff in Paris, France Studies of asteroids would aid Earth-protection strategies A new space mission concept unveiled at a Paris conference aims to look inside asteroids to reveal how they are made. Deep Interior would use radar to probe the origin and evolution of two near-Earth objects less than 1km across. The mission, which could launch some time later this decade, would also give clues to how the planets evolved. The perceived threat of asteroids colliding with our planet has renewed interest in space missions to understand these...
  • Reworked images reveal hot Venus

    01/14/2004 5:25:16 PM PST · by Central Scrutiniser · 48 replies · 1,858+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-13-03 | Dr David Whitehouse
    Reworked images reveal hot Venus By Dr David Whitehouse Mars it is not: Reprocessed Venus image As the world looks at Mars, an American scientist has produced the best images ever obtained from the surface of a rather different planet - Venus. The second planet from the Sun is blanketed with a thick layer of cloud. Computer researcher Don Mitchell used original digital data from two Soviet Venera probes that landed in 1975. His reprocessed and recalibrated images provide a much clearer view of the Venusian surface which is hotter even than the inside of a household oven. Original digital...
  • New Hubble Photos of Uranus

    01/28/2004 2:17:44 PM PST · by ambrose · 105 replies · 952+ views
    Universe Today ^ | 1.22.04 | Universe Today
    New Hubble Photos of Uranus and Neptune Jan 22, 2004 - Image credit: Hubble Atmospheric features on Uranus and Neptune are revealed in images taken with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The observations were taken in August 2003. The top row reveals Uranus and Neptune in natural colors, showing the planets as they would appear if we could see them through a telescope. The images are made of exposures taken with filters sensitive to red, green, and blue light. In the bottom images, astronomers used different color filters...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-20-03

    10/20/2003 2:42:55 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 170+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-20-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 October 20 Neptune and Triton from Palomar Credit & Copyright: D. Banfield, P. D. Nicholson, & B. J. Conrath (Cornell), Palomar Obs., JPL, NASA Explanation: How's the weather on Neptune? Tracking major weather patterns on the Solar System's outermost gas giant can help in the understanding of global weather patterns here on Earth. Each summer for the past five years, Neptune has been imaged and major weather...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 6-13-03

    06/13/2003 5:29:03 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 390+ views
    NASA ^ | 6-13-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 June 13 Neptune: Still Springtime After All These Years Credit: L. Sromovsky and P. Fry (Univ. Wisconsin - Madison) et al., NASA Explanation: In the 1960s spring came to the southern hemisphere of Neptune, the Solar System's outermost gas giant planet. Of course, since Neptune orbits the Sun once every 165 earth-years, it's still spring for southern Neptune, where each season lasts over four decades. Astronomers have...
  • Three New Moons Found Around Neptune - Researchers

    01/13/2003 4:37:39 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies · 396+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters) ^ | 1/13/2003 | n/a
    Three New Moons Found Around Neptune - Researchers WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have found three previously unknown moons around Neptune, bringing the total for the distant giant planet to 11, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reported on Monday. hese moons are the first to be discovered around Neptune since the NASA (news - web sites) Voyager II flyby in 1989, and the first discovered with a ground-based telescope since 1949, the center said in a statement. The three new moons were difficult to detect, since they are only about 18 to 24 miles in diameter and their distance from the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-22-02

    09/21/2002 9:24:36 PM PDT · by sleavelessinseattle · 26 replies · 229+ views
    NASA ^ | 9/22/02 | Voyager/NASA
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 September 22 Two Hours Before Neptune Credit: Voyager 2, NASA Explanation: Two hours before closest approach to Neptune in 1989, the Voyager 2 robot spacecraft snapped this picture. Clearly visible for the first time were long light-colored cirrus-type clouds floating high in Neptune's atmosphere. Shadows of these clouds can even be seen on lower cloud decks. Most of Neptune's atmosphere is made of hydrogen and helium, which...