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  • 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...
  • New Dwarf Planet!

    07/20/2008 10:55:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 44 replies · 149+ views ^ | 7/14/08
    Image credit: compiled from NASA public images At times, people still express bemusement, or confusion, that Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet", after having been considered a full-fledged planet for the better part of a century. One thing I always point out to them is that we're discovering more and more roughly Pluto-sized bodies. If we call them all planets, the list of planets would rapidly grow unmanageable! (Do you want to memorize the names of 20 planets? How about 80?) Today the list just got bumped up by one. Meet Makemake, the first body in our solar...
  • Save the Planet! Tax Newspapers! (And yes, Alaska governor Sarah Palin is a babe...)

    06/24/2008 8:07:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 631+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 6/24/08 | The Maha
    Save the Planet! Tax Newspapers!June 24, 2008 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Audio sound bite time, Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, was on KTVA channel 11 last night responding to Democrats drilling in ANWR. PALIN: I want to make sure that we're not just talking about the need to develop, to ramp up development, offshore and in ANWR, but we're asking them now, "What's your plan? If not domestic supplies being tapped into with offshore and with ANWR, then, Congress, what is your plan?" RUSH: Amen! Here is a female Republican who is willing to gut it up. She sent Dingy...
  • ABC website tells kids when they should die

    AN ABC website has been accused of portraying farmers and forestry workers as evil and telling kids how much carbon they can produce before they die.
  • Warmer Planet May Mean Fewer Atlantic Hurricanes

    05/18/2008 8:01:22 PM PDT · by blam · 40 replies · 106+ views
    National Geographic Channel ^ | 5-18-2008 | Mason Inman
    Warmer planet may mean fewer Atlantic hurricanes news service Mason Inman Contrary to the widespread view that a warming world will bring more hurricanes, a controversial new study suggests the number of cyclones could actually drop in the North Atlantic. Hurricanes have become a lightning rod for arguments over what global warming might have in store. Most researchers agree that, since 1950, the number of hurricanes forming over the Atlantic has increased, and that since at least since 1980, they have become fiercer. Many studies have blamed the increase in Atlantic hurricanes on increasing sea-surface temperatures, which fuel the...
  • Hollywood To Shut Down To Save Planet

    05/12/2008 7:36:23 PM PDT · by writer33 · 48 replies · 106+ views ^ | May 13, 2008 | Chris Davis
    Hollywood—In what could only be referred to as a historic event, Hollywood is shutting down its doors to save “Mother Earth.” The move comes after years of trying to reach an unsympathetic Bush administration, and decades of attempts at inculcating the American populous. The historic decision—based largely on the overwhelming evidence of the plight of polar bears, spotted owls and tropical insects—has forced the inevitable activist outcome, an outcome designed to promote a greener planet. Over the last year, article after article has emerged, detailing the destruction to the planet via one species or another. The evidence has only fallen...
  • Earth Day Tips (We can save the planet but not work out a flat tax?)

    04/22/2008 4:40:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 135+ views
    Earth Day TipsTuesday, Apr 22, 2008 @05:45pm CST Experts say Earth Day should be more than a once-a-year observance. Anne Reichman with Earth911 says it's a good time to examine your lifestyle and find ways to conserve. She says the average American generates about 4.3 pounds of garbage every day. Reichman says this number can be reduced drastically if everyone makes an effort to cut back. She says bringing your own coffee cup or water bottle to reuse at work and starting a recycling program at home or at the office are good places to start. Reichman also recommends having...
  • Smallest extrasolar planet discovered (30 light years from earth): Spanish researchers

    04/10/2008 9:50:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 383+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | AFP
    MADRID (AFP) - Spanish astronomers Wednesday announced the discovery of the smallest planet discovered to date outside the solar system, located 30 light years from earth. The planet, "GJ 436T", was detected through a new technique which "will allow us to discover in less than 10 years the first planet resembling earth in terms of mass and orbit," said Ignasi Ribas of Spain's CSIC scientific research institute. It was discovered by a team led by Ribas through its gravitational pull on other planets already discovered around the same star in the constellation of Leo. "GJ 436T" has a mass five...
  • The temperature of the planet is dropping like a stone...(They should have checked with Al first)

    04/09/2008 11:52:32 AM PDT · by LJayne · 103 replies · 174+ views
    Spectator ^ | 4/9/08 | Melanie Phillips
    All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASAGISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously. A compiled list of all the sources can be seen...The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years.
  • Battlefield Earth

    01/31/2008 9:41:19 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 104+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | January 2008 | Jamais Cascio
    It may sound like science fiction, but it’s only a matter of time before the world’s militaries learn to wield the planet itself as a weapon. Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy, superefficient urban design, and global carbon taxes. Such innovations remain critical, and yet disruptions to the Earth’s climate could overwhelm these relatively slow, incremental changes in how we live. As reports of faster-than-expected climate changes mount, a growing number of experts worry that we might ultimately be forced to try something quite radical: geoengineering. Geoengineering involves humans...
  • Planet Mercury is shrinking, volcanic

    01/30/2008 2:39:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 114+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON - The first pictures from the unseen side of Mercury reveal the wrinkles of a shrinking, aging planet with scars from volcanic eruptions and a birthmark shaped like a spider. Some of the 1,213 photos taken by NASA's Messenger probe and unveiled Wednesday help support the case that ancient volcanoes dot Mercury and that it is shrinking as it gets older, forming wrinkle-like ridges. But other images are surprising and puzzling. The spidery shape captured in a photo is "unlike anything we've seen anywhere in the solar system," said mission chief scientist Sean Solomon of the Carnegie Institution of...
  • Deadly Ozone From Drive-Thru Mania (Save the planet - ban the window?)

    01/09/2008 7:43:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 202+ views
    Ezine ^ | 2007 | Kellie Hastings
    Deadly Ozone From Drive-Thru ManiaBy Kellie Hastings Edmonton's drive-thrus contribute 750 tons of Green House Gases into the atmosphere in one month alone. In one year that's 9000 tons from one city! Is it possible that the time has come for us to re-evaluate the importance of what we're actually breathing in here? Should we re-consider the consequences of this unnecessary convenience just to eliminate that simple walk? This alarming discovery was given immediate attention by CTV news and revealing these startling estimated statistics May 30 2007 the source came from the University of Calgary. Their research was based on...
  • Eat a steak, warm the planet

    07/18/2007 2:20:57 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 64 replies · 865+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, July 18, 2007 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - A kilogram (2.2 pounds) of beef causes more greenhouse-gas and other pollution than driving for three hours while leaving all the lights on back home, according to a Japanese study. A team led by Akifumi Ogino of the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, calculated the environmental cost of raising cattle through conventional farming, slaughtering the animal and distributing the meat, New Scientist reports in next Saturday's issue. Producing a kilo (2.2 pounds) of beef causes the equivalent of 36.4 kilos (80.08 pounds) in carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal greenhouse gas, Ogino found. Most...
  • First planet with water is spotted outside Solar System (the water exists only as superheated steam)

    07/11/2007 1:16:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 224+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/11/07 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - Astronomers on Wednesday announced they had spotted the first planet beyond the Solar System that has water, the precious ingredient for life. The watery world, though, is far beyond the reach of our puny chemically-powered rockets -- and in any case is quite uninhabitable. It is made of gas rather than rock and its atmosphere reaches temperatures hot enough to melt steel, which means the water exists only as superheated steam. The find, named HD189733b, is about 15 percent bigger than our Jupiter and orbits a star in the constellation of Vulpecula the Fox, according to a...
  • Space telescope spots new planet

    05/03/2007 6:57:04 AM PDT · by bedolido · 4 replies · 238+ views ^ | 5-3-2007 | Rebecca Morelle
    The French-led Corot mission has spied its first planet - a very hot world bigger than Jupiter - passing in front of a far-off star. The spacecraft was launched on 27 December last year and is the first to hunt for Earth-like planets from space. Corot scientists said to find a planet so early on "significantly exceeded pre-launch expectations". Artist's concept: A planet is seen as it transits a star
  • New 'super-Earth' found in space [planet found]

    04/25/2007 3:07:03 AM PDT · by FostersExport · 68 replies · 3,055+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 25 April 2007 | BBC News
    Astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, a world which could have water running on its surface. The planet orbits the faint star Gliese 581, which is 20.5 light-years away in the constellation Libra. Scientists made the discovery using the Eso 3.6m Telescope in Chile. They say the benign temperatures on the planet mean any water there could exist in liquid form, and this raises the chances it could also harbour life. "We have estimated that the mean temperature of this 'super-Earth' lies between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius, and water would thus be...
  • Potentially habitable planet found

    04/24/2007 5:50:02 PM PDT · by frithguild · 37 replies · 1,171+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 24, 2007 | By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
    WASHINGTON - For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for "life in the universe." The planet is just the right size, might have water in liquid form, and in galactic terms is relatively nearby at 120 trillion miles away. But the star it closely orbits, known as a "red dwarf," is much smaller, dimmer and cooler than our sun. There's still a lot that is unknown about the new planet, which could be deemed inhospitable...
  • First habitable Earth like planet outside Solar System discovered

    04/24/2007 1:41:01 PM PDT · by Sopater · 190 replies · 5,989+ views ^ | April 24, 2007
    Munich, April 24: An international team of astronomers from Switzerland, France and Portugal have discovered the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date. The planet has a radius only 50 percent larger than Earth and is very likely to contain liquid water on its surface. The research team used the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO’s) 3.6-m telescope to discover the super-Earth, which has a mass about five times that of the Earth and orbits a red dwarf already known to harbour a Neptune-mass planet. Astronomers believe there is a strong possibility in the presence of a third planet with...
  • Water Found in Extrasolar Planet's Atmosphere (planet HD209458b)

    04/10/2007 12:23:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,433+ views on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/07 | Ker Than
    Astronomers have detected water in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system for the first time. The finding, to be detailed in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal, confirms previous theories that say water vapor should be present in the atmospheres of nearly all the known extrasolar planets. Even hot Jupiters, gaseous planets that orbit closer to their stars than Mercury to our Sun, are thought to have water. The discovery, announced today, means one of the most crucial elements for life as we know it can exist around planets orbiting other stars. 'We know that water vapor...
  • 'Cave entrances' spotted on Mars

    03/17/2007 12:10:07 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 23 replies · 690+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 17, 2007 | Paul Rincon
    Nasa release on the topography of the south polar region of Mars Scientists studying pictures from Nasa's Odyssey spacecraft have spotted what they think may be seven caves on the surface of Mars.The candidate caves are on the flanks of the Arsia Mons volcano and are of sufficient depth their floors mostly cannot be seen through the opening. Details were presented here at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas. Temperature data from Mars Odyssey's Themis instrument support the idea. The authors say that the possible discovery of caves on the Red Planet is significant. The caves...
  • Probe reveals seas on Saturn moon (Titan--hydrocarbon seas, not water).

    03/14/2007 1:05:51 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 11 replies · 415+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 14, 2007 | Paul Rincon
    The Cassini radar image (left) shows one of Titan's seas is larger than Lake Superior (right) Nasa's Cassini probe has found evidence for seas, probably filled with liquid hydrocarbons, at the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan.The dark features, detected by Cassini's radar, are much bigger than any lakes already detected on Titan. The largest is some 100,000 sq km (39,000 sq miles) - greater in extent than North America's Lake Superior. It covers a greater fraction of Titan than the proportion of Earth covered by the Black Sea. The Black Sea is the Earth's largest inland sea...
  • Dazzling New Saturn Images Released

    03/02/2007 9:50:44 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 41 replies · 2,198+ views
    MyWayNews ^ | March 1, 2007 | Staff
    The international Cassini spacecraft has beamed back to Earth never-before-seen angles of Saturn from high above and below its majestic rings. The planet is fully surrounded by the rings in images released Thursday by NASA. "Finally, here are the views that we've waited years for," Cassini scientist Carolyn Porco of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., said in a statement. "It just doesn't look like the same place. It's so utterly breathtaking, it almost gives you vertigo," Porco said. Cassini snapped the images while in a highly inclined orbit during the past two months. The $3.3 billion Cassini mission,...
  • Probe spies moon's volcanic plume (Jupiter's moon, Io).

    03/01/2007 1:49:02 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 23 replies · 392+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 1, 2007
    The plume is seen as an umbrella-shaped feature in the long exposure image to the right Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back images of a huge volcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Io.A massive dust plume, estimated to be 150m (490ft) high, can be seen erupting from the Tvashtar volcano on Io. On Wednesday, the US probe flew by Jupiter, using the planet's gravity to boost its speed, reducing the travel time to its ultimate target of Pluto. New Horizons also took photos of the icy moons Europa and Ganymede in the run-up to its encounter with Jupiter. Turning...
  • Economist Counters Al Gore: Cars Are Saving the Planet

    02/27/2007 4:18:13 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 20 replies · 1,065+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 2/27/2007 | Noel Sheppard
    An op-ed written by an economics professor at the University of Georgia counters Gore’s dire assertions, and fervently stated that this invention is actually saving the planet. In his piece published Tuesday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dwight R. Lee wrote (h/t, emphasis mine throughout): "The motto of all environmentalists should be "Thank goodness for the internal combustion engine." Got your attention? Good, for Lee was armed for Gore, err, I mean bear: The abuse heaped on the internal combustion engine by environmentalists was never justified. But a recent story on cow flatulence in the British newspaper, The Independent, makes...
  • Love Thy Planet (Liberal Asks Why Christians Are So Reluctant to Protect God's Creation)

    12/04/2006 10:47:08 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 110 replies · 1,975+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/04/2006 | Ellen Ratner ( Liberal & Proud)
    Love thy planet -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 4, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern Recently Rev. Joel Hunter, the elected president of the famed Christian Coalition, founded by Pat Robertson, stepped down due to what appears to be irreconcilable differences over how to use the organization's political and real capital. Does the organization, as it has in the past, continue to focus on pet personal piety issues such as same-sex marriage, or does it take a completely new tack and resurrect the social justice roots of Christianity? Rev. Hunter wanted to fix the Christian Coalition's massive energy beam on the environment — which...
  • Apocalypse's Eternal Return

    11/30/2006 6:07:55 AM PST · by em2vn · 6 replies · 436+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | december 2--6 | Brian Doughtery
    Did you know that the ancient Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl—the all-encompassing plumed serpent whose return has been prophesied for centuries—has decided to weigh in on politics? Here’s an excerpt from his message for the world of mortal men: “The global capitalist system that is currently devouring your planetary resources will soon self-destruct, leaving many of you bereft.” Quetzalcoatl has chosen to speak through the curious medium of Daniel Pinchbeck, 40, a former editor of the Manhattan lit-journal Open City. Pinchbeck has had a glowing reputation in hipster circles since his 2002 book Breaking Open the Head, a travelogue and treatise on...
  • Pluto is Now Just a Number: 134340

    09/14/2006 8:11:36 PM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies · 806+ views ^ | 9-11-06 | Ker Than
    Pluto has been given a new name to reflect its new status as a dwarf planet. On Sept. 7, the former 9th planet was assigned the asteroid number 134340 by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), the official organization responsible for collecting data about asteroids and comets in our solar system. The move reinforces the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) recent decision to strip Pluto of its planethood and places it in the same category as other small solar-system bodies with accurately known orbits. Pluto's companion satellites, Charon, Nix and Hydra are considered part of the same system and will not be...
  • Astronomers find distant, fluffy planet - dubbed HAT-P-1

    09/14/2006 9:59:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 646+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The largest planet ever found orbiting another star is so puffy it would float on water, astronomers said Thursday. The newly discovered planet, dubbed HAT-P-1, is both the largest and least dense of the nearly 200 worlds astronomers have found outside our own solar system. HAT-P-1 orbits one of a pair of stars in the constellation Lacerta, about 450 light-years from Earth. "This new planet, if you could imagine putting it in a cosmic water glass, it would float," said Robert Noyes, a research astrophysicist with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. HAT-P-1 is an oddball planet, since it orbits...
  • Largest known dwarf planet named after Greek goddess of chaos [HAIL ERIS!]

    09/13/2006 7:57:54 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 94 replies · 1,979+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/13/06 | Alicia Chang
    A distant, icy rock whose discovery shook up the solar system and led to Pluto's planetary demise has been given a name: Eris. The christening of Eris, named after the Greek goddess of chaos and strife, was announced by the International Astronomical Union on Wednesday. Weeks earlier, the professional astronomers' group stripped Pluto of its planethood under new controversial guidelines. Since its discovery last year, Eris, which had been known as 2003 UB313, ignited a debate about what constitutes a planet. Astronomers were split over how to classify the object because there was no universal definition. Some argued it should...
  • Pluto's Brave New Worlds (Astronomers' Org. Proposal: There Are Now At Least 12 Planets)

    08/15/2006 8:40:00 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 67 replies · 1,414+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/16/2006 | Dava Sobel
    Not for the first time, but with new urgency in 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) impaneled a committee to define both the word "planet" and the status of Pluto. Our committee -- seven in number, like the planets of old -- met at the Paris Observatory in late June and reached a unanimous agreement. In short: A planet is a body in orbit around a star (as opposed to orbiting another planet) and big enough for gravity to make it round. The full text of our proposed definition is being released today, to be discussed by astronomers from around...
  • Global warming puts 12 US parks at risk (Despite those leftist dictators, rest of planet good to go)

    07/25/2006 8:03:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 607+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/06 | Deborah Zabarenko
    Global warming puts 12 US parks at riskreport By Deborah Zabarenko Tue Jul 25, 3:51 PM ET Grizzly bear cubs in Yellowstone National Park. Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said on Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone without grizzly bears. (National Park Service/Reuters) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said on Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone Park without grizzly bears. All 12 parks are located in the...
  • Mysterious carbon excess found in infant solar system

    06/09/2006 6:58:24 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 11 replies · 489+ views ^ | June 07, 2006 | Carnegie Institution
    Astronomers detected unusually high quantities of carbon, the basis of all terrestrial life, in an infant solar system around nearby star Beta Pictoris, 63 light-years away. "For years we've looked to this early forming solar system as one that might be going through the same processes our own solar system did when the rocky planets, including Earth, were forming," commented lead author Aki Roberge, who began the research while at Carnegie's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. "But we got a big surprise--there is much more carbon gas than we expected. Something very different is going on." The research, published in the...
  • "Super-Earth" Discovered Orbiting Distant Star (Super Size It)

    03/14/2006 12:35:07 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 5 replies · 963+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 3/13/2006 | Stefan Lovgren
  • Mars Orbiter Reaches Red Planet (In Orbit)

    03/10/2006 3:00:13 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 682+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-10-2006
    Mars orbiter reaches Red Planet It will take six months for the MRO to attain its final orbit Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has survived a critical phase in its mission by parking itself in an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet. News of its success followed a tense period of radio silence while the spacecraft passed behind Mars. Over the next six months, the probe will steadily reduce the size of its orbit until it reaches an optimal position to start scientific studies. MRO will examine the Martian surface and atmosphere in unprecedented detail. At 2124 GMT (1334 PST),...
  • Optical Device Cancels Starlight So Astronomers Can See Distant Planets

    03/01/2006 4:07:08 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 407+ views
    University of Arizona ^ | 02/28/06 | Lori Stiles
    "Some people say that I study darkness, not optics," jokes Grover Swartzlander. But it's a kind of darkness that will allow astronomers to see the light. Swartzlander, an associate professor in The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, is developing devices that block out dazzling starlight, allowing astronomers to study planets in nearby solar systems.
  • 'Tenth Planet' found to be a whopper

    02/02/2006 9:25:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 125 replies · 3,262+ views ^ | 1 February 2006 | Mark Peplow
    Close window Published online: 1 February 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060130-7 'Tenth Planet' found to be a whopperLarge size of 2003 UB313 fuels debate over what is and isn't a planet.Mark Peplow 2003 UB313 and its moon - currently nicknamed Xena and Gabrielle - take time off from their sword and sorcery shenanigans.© W. M. Keck Observatory The recently discovered 'tenth planet' of our Solar System is substantially larger than Pluto, astronomers have found. For many, the discovery that object 2003 UB313 is about 3,000 kilometres across will remove any doubt that it deserves to be called a planet. "Since UB313...
  • New Planet Is Bigger Than Pluto

    02/01/2006 11:04:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 500+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/1/06 | Alicia Chang - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Scientists say they have confirmed that a so-called 10th planet discovered last year is bigger than Pluto, but that likely won't quell the debate over what makes a planet. The astronomers who spotted the icy, rocky body — informally called UB313 — had reported only a rough estimate of its size based on its brightness. But another group of researchers has come up with what is believed to be the first calculation of UB313's diameter. By measuring how much heat it radiates, German scientists led by Frank Bertoldi of the University of Bonn estimated that UB313 was...
  • TBN EXPOSED! Hal Lindsey Refuses to Compromise to Stay on Air!

    01/04/2006 9:42:35 AM PST · by underwiredsupport · 108 replies · 10,412+ views
    Oracle ^ | 1/04/2005 | Hal Lindsey
    TBN EXPOSED! Hal Lindsey Refuses to Compromise to Stay on Air!Here is the letter written by Hal Lindsey to Paul and Jan Crouch, of TBN....(way to go Hal!) Hal Lindsey Leaving TBN Refuses to Compromise to Stay on Air January 1, 2006 Dear Paul and Jan, Paul, Jr. relayed your message to me that you are both in agreement on the policy of nothing negative being said on TBN about Muslims. Hearing that you also warned John Haggee, Perry Stone, Jack VanImpe and others of this policy caused me to realize that your are not going to modify your...
  • Is Earth In A Vortex Of Space-Time?

    12/06/2005 11:34:47 PM PST · by jb6 · 71 replies · 4,900+ views
    Space Daily ^ | Nov 17, 2005 | Patrick L. Barry
    Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 17, 2005 We'll soon know the answer: A NASA/Stanford physics experiment called Gravity Probe B (GP-B) recently finished a year of gathering science data in Earth orbit. The results, which will take another year to analyze, should reveal the shape of space-time around Earth--and, possibly, the vortex. Time and space, according to Einstein's theories of relativity, are woven together, forming a four-dimensional fabric called "space-time." The tremendous mass of Earth dimples this fabric, much like a heavy person sitting in the middle of a trampoline. Gravity, says Einstein, is simply the motion of objects following the...
  • Tenth Planet Has a Moon!

    10/22/2005 9:33:39 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies · 1,049+ views
    Space and Earth science ^ | October 03, 2005 | E-Mail Newsletter
    Scientists are over the moon at the W.M. Keck Observatory and the California Institute of Technology over a new discovery of a satellite orbiting the Solar System's 10th planet (2003 UB313). The newly discovered moon orbits the farthest object ever seen in the Solar System. The existence of the moon will help astronomers resolve the question of whether 2003 UB313, temporarily nicknamed "Xena," is more massive than Pluto and hence the 10th planet. A paper describing the discovery was submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters on October 3, 2005. "We were surprised because this is a completely different type of...
  • (Spitzer) Telescope finds planet building blocks around brown space dwarfs

    10/20/2005 7:41:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 514+ views
    PASADENA, Calif. - A NASA telescope has detected for the first time the building blocks of planets around brown dwarfs, suggesting that such failed stars probably undergo the same planet-building process. Until now, the microscopic crystal building blocks that eventually collide to form planets have only been seen around stars and comets - considered the remnants of the solar system. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently spotted the tiny crystals and dust grains circling five brown dwarfs located 520 light years away in the Chamaeleon constellation. The crystals, composed of a green mineral commonly found on Earth known as olivine, are...

    09/20/2005 5:25:47 AM PDT · by vannrox · 191 replies · 7,953+ views
    Weekly World News, via Yahoo ^ | Monday September 12 - 2005 | MIKE FOSTER
    PLANET-DISSOLVING DUST CLOUD IS HEADED TOWARD EARTH!Monday September 12, 2005 By MIKE FOSTER CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Scared-stiff astronomers have detected a mysterious mass they've dubbed a "chaos cloud" that dissolves everything in its path, including comets, asteroids, planets and entire stars -- and it's headed directly toward Earth! Discovered April 6 by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the swirling, 10 million-mile- wide cosmic dust cloud has been likened to an "acid nebula" and is hurtling toward us at close to the speed of light -- making its estimated time of arrival 9:15 a.m. EDT on June 1, 2014. "The good news...
  • Rapid-born planets present 'baby picture' of our early solar system

    09/09/2005 9:39:51 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 14 replies · 804+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | September 9, 2005 | Staff
    Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers led by the University of Rochester has detected gaps ringing the dusty disks around two very young stars, which suggests that gas-giant planets have formed there. A year ago, these same researchers found evidence of the first "baby planet" around a young star, challenging most astrophysicists's models of giant-planet formation. The new findings in the Sept. 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters not only reinforce the idea that giant planets like Jupiter form much faster than scientists have traditionally expected, but one of the gas-enshrouded stars, called GM Aurigae, is analogous...
  • NASA Funded Scientists Discover Tenth Planet

    07/29/2005 6:21:26 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 47 replies · 1,243+ views ^ | 7.29.05 | Jane Platt
    A planet larger than Pluto has been discovered in the outlying regions of the solar system. The planet was discovered using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory near San Diego.The discovery was announced today by Dr. Mike Brown of the Califorina Institute of Technology. Currently about 97 times further from the sun than the earth, the planet is now the farthest known object in the solar system. It will be visible by telescope over the next six months and currently is almost directly overhead in the early morning eastern sky in the constellation Cetus. Dr. Mike Brown (Cal Tech),...
  • Think beyond our planet, Kalam tells scientists

    07/28/2005 8:08:47 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 335+ views
    Express India ^ | 07/28/05
    Thiruvananthapuram, July 28: Exhorting space scientists to ‘think beyond our planet,’ President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Thursday said the next industrial revolution would not be on earth but on moon and Mars. “The developed countries are moving to moon and Mars. India has the capability to establish industries there using space technology,” Kalam said, inaugurating a symposium on ‘Launch Vehicle Development: Past, Present and Way Ahead’ as part of the silver jubilee celebrations of the first successful launch of SLV-3 at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). The rich Helium deposits on the moon could be a source of energy...
  • System of three stars harbors newfound world

    07/15/2005 4:08:14 AM PDT · by eagle11 · 15 replies · 671+ views ^ | July 13, 2005 | By Michael Schirber
    Newly discovered planet has 3 suns Scientists puzzled at how such a planet could form A newly discovered planet has bountiful sunshine, with not one, not two, but three suns glowing in its sky. It is the first extrasolar planet found in a system with three stars. How a planet was born amidst these competing gravitational forces will be a challenge for planet formation theories. "The environment in which this planet exists is quite spectacular," said Maciej Konacki from the California Institute of Technology. "With three suns, the sky view must be out of this world -- literally and figuratively."...
  • Scientists: Sumatra quake longest ever recorded- big enough to 'vibrate the whole planet '

    05/19/2005 1:25:51 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 22 replies · 1,229+ views
    CNN ^ | 5-19-05 | Marsha Walton
    (CNN) -- Dramatic new data from the December 26, 2004, Sumatran-Andaman earthquake that generated deadly tsunamis show the event created the longest fault rupture and the longest duration of faulting ever observed, according to three reports by an international group of seismologists published Thursday in the journal "Science." "Normally, a small earthquake might last less than a second; a moderate sized earthquake might last a few seconds. This earthquake lasted between 500 and 600 seconds (at least 10 minutes)," said Charles Ammon, associate professor of geosciences at Penn State University. The quake released an amount
  • The MAJESTIC Documents - Proof of President Trumans involvement with the study of a crashed UFO.

    04/19/2005 6:11:10 AM PDT · by vannrox · 90 replies · 3,269+ views
    The Majestic Documents Mission ^ | 19 September 1947 | Lt. General Twining
    Note: Skeptics abound. Readed the authentication section and the issues. This is the cumulation of over a decade of research and verification and validation of the Majestic Documents set. Majestic is a groundbreaking look at the United States UFO program called Majestic and the top secret government documents that tell the story of presidential and military action, authorization, and cover-up regarding UFOs and their alien occupants. A remarkable work of investigative journalism, this website is the first to authenticate top secret UFO documents that tell a detailed story of the crashed discs, alien bodies, presidential briefings, and superb secrecy....
  • Distant planetoid Sedna gives up more secrets

    04/15/2005 11:23:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 827+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4/15/05 | Maggie McKee
    The distant planetoid Sedna appears to be covered in a tar-like sludge that gives it a distinctly red hue, a new study reveals. The findings suggests the dark crust was baked-on by the Sun and has been untouched by other objects for millions of years. Sedna appears to be nearly the size of Pluto and was discovered in November 2003. It is the most distant object ever seen within the solar system and travels on an elongated path that stretches from 74 to 900 times the distance between the Sun and the Earth. Astronomers have struggled to explain such an...
  • BREAKING: Plane Evacuated Because Of Possible Bomb Threat

    02/17/2005 7:48:39 AM PST · by newzjunkey · 120 replies · 10,042+ views
    KFMB.COM (Local 8 News) ^ | 02-17-05 at 7:40AM | (Local 8 news)
    Plane Evacuated Because Of Possible Bomb Threat Last Updated: 02-17-05 at 7:40AM A plane at Lindbergh Field was evacuated Thursday morning because of a possible bomb threat, according to KFMB News. The possible threat is on an American West Express plane. A bomb squad and arson strike team has been called in to investigate the possible threat. The passengers on board were loaded onto shuttle buses that were brought to the tarmac, and they will be transported to a different location, according to KFMB News reports. For the latest details on this developing story, watch LOCAL 8 News.