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  • Fun with Vortex Rings in the Pool

    12/19/2014 12:56:52 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/1714 | PhysicsGirl
    Video here.
  • These 7 memes are why the Sochi Olympic rings incident hasn't gotten old yet...

    02/10/2014 10:06:19 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-10-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Well, not old to me anyway...Some of these had me on the floor. If you use Internet Explorer only and don't get this one, find a new's by far the worst browser EVER (ask any web developer). I already posted this one, but I'm throwing it in again for good measure!

    11/21/2012 8:24:21 PM PST · by lasereye · 60 replies
    Revelation 6:14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. Everyone has seen pictures of the planet Saturn and its beautiful rings. Well, it is now known that many of our solar system's outer planets have rings. However, these rings are a problem for those astronomers who think that the universe is billions of years old. You see, the rings, which encircle the outer planets, would not be around today if the universe really was billions of years old. Recent studies of the rings of...
  • Men's gymnastics - Rings?

    08/03/2012 7:25:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Is it my imagination (Alzheimers?) or did NBC primetime coverage omit the rings competition? While doing a search I found photos of men on the apparatus, but I can't remember seeing it covered at all. Did they show it for 5 mins and skip the rest of it? Very curious. Thank you
  • Nurses' assistant pleads guilty to selling wedding bands stolen from ailing veterans

    07/10/2012 1:47:20 PM PDT · by Darnright · 26 replies ^ | 7-10-12 | Neil Harvey
    One of two nurses' assistants charged in the thefts of wedding bands from ailing, elderly veterans pleaded guilty today in Roanoke Circuit Court to eight felonies. Ashley Michelle Sweeney, 23, of Ferrum admitted that in January she accepted rings taken from four patients at the Virginia Veterans Care Center on Shenandoah Avenue in northwest Roanoke. She also admitted selling them at two pawn shops along Williamson Road. Judge Clifford Weckstein found Sweeney guilty of four counts each of receiving and selling stolen property, offenses that carry a combined maximum penalty of 120 years in prison. She will be sentenced at...
  • Climategate Continues

    05/24/2012 3:21:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 24, 2012 | Andrew Montford & Harold Ambler
    Climategate, the 2009 exposure of misconduct at the University of East Anglia, was a terrible blow to the reputation of climatology, and indeed to that of British and American science. Although that story hasn’t been in the news in recent months, new evidence of similar scientific wrongdoing continues to emerge, with a new scandal hitting the climate blogosphere just a few days ago.And central to the newest story is one of the Climategate scientists: Keith Briffa, an expert in reconstructing historical temperature records from tree rings. More particularly, the recent scandal involves a tree-ring record Briffa prepared for a...
  • Krummholz and the Yamal Chronology

    05/02/2010 6:55:58 AM PDT · by em2vn · 1 replies · 203+ views
    Climate Audit ^ | 04-28-2010 | Steve McIntyre
    Just before Climategate, we were reflecting on the apparent non-”robustness” of the Yamal chronology to inclusion of Khadyta data. Briffa’s response was that he could still “get” a HS by adding in Yadoyayakha and Porzayakha ring width data that hadn’t been used in Briffa (2000). As noted in other posts, Khadyta isn’t the only site with a divergence problem. Divergence, if anything, is the rule, rather than the exception. Briffa didn’t discuss why there were such differences between the sites – something that I’ll consider briefly today.
  • $17,000 Antique Ring Found in Goodwill Donation

    04/28/2010 1:19:03 PM PDT · by wrrock · 4 replies · 405+ views
    WGAL ^ | 4/28/2010 | WGAL via MSN
    Watch a report from WGAL in Harrisburg, where a $17,000.00 diamond ring (2.6 carat) was donated and will be auctioned off on Goodwill’s site. It is being recorded as a donation, and is the largest Goodwill donation ever in the Pennsylvania area. WATCH $17K ANTIQUE RING DONATED to GOODWILL...
  • Iran Nuclear Ring Probed

    04/03/2010 2:51:32 AM PDT · by Flavius · 237+ views
    fox ^ | 4/3/10 | fox
    Officials tell the Wall Street Journal an Iranian firm closely linked to Tehran's nuclear program acquired special hardware for enriching uranium, despite sanctions intended to keep such equipment out of the country.
  • Lord of the Rings fan spends life savings creating prequel

    02/10/2010 1:24:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,309+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 2/10/10 | staff
    Actress Kate Madison, a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, spent six years and her entire life savings creating a prequel to the films. Miss Madison, 31, spent £25,000 on the film, Born of Hope, which has already been watched by more than half a million people on YouTube. The story was inspired by just a couple of paragraphs written by JRR Tolkein in the appendices of The Lord of The Rings. "The film has gone down really well with the fans and some say it is even better than the Peter Jackson movies which is amazing," she...
  • Maine: Do rings of Herbie the elm have age, climate data?

    01/31/2010 2:55:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 611+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/31/10 | David Sharp - ap
    YARMOUTH, Maine – Herbie, the giant American elm tree, is giving his trunk over to science. Since the tree was felled two weeks ago, scientists from Columbia University, the University of Maine and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have contacted the Maine Forest Service about examining Herbie's trunk to see what can be learned about the tree's age and about the climate over the years. Peter Lammert of the Maine Forest Service said his computer has been clogged with e-mails from scientists interested in the stories that Herbie's growth rings might tell. In particular, Herbie's demise is bringing out...
  • What Earth Would Look Like With Rings Like Saturn

    12/18/2009 12:24:46 PM PST · by Maceman · 63 replies · 2,633+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 19, 2009 | Roy Prol
    What the rings would look like from different cities and latitudes across the world. It's interesting to imagine how it would effect culture throughout time. It would have influenced religion, mythology, navigation, etc.. Creator - Roy Prol SONG- Schubert's Ave Maria Sung by Barbara Bonney
  • "What if earth had rings like Saturn?"

    11/23/2009 6:33:08 AM PST · by svcw · 13 replies · 893+ views
    I just found this video to be interesting and enjoyable. Enjoy.
  • Man arrested at B.C. border with 'terrorist resources'

    11/13/2009 10:27:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 36 replies · 2,180+ views - THE CANADIAN PRESS ^ | Updated: Wed Nov. 11 2009 05:51:51 | n/a
    The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — SNIPPET: "Khaled Nawaya, a flight instructor, was arrested by Canada Border Services agents when they found $800,000 in gold coins and other currency in his car and pockets on Oct. 6, as he crossed into Surrey, B.C., near Vancouver." SNIPPET: "He'd been living in the U.S. since he was 17 and had gained approval for permanent residency in Canada. Besides the gold, Canadian agents found a ring bearing the insignia of Hezbollah, which has been listed as a terrorist organization by the Canadian government since 2002. They also seized 9/11 conspiracy theory-themed DVDs and a...
  • Spectacular Video of Saturn Moons Disturbing Its Rings

    Click here to view the amazing video! Sir Isaac Newton would be amazed by this awesome video, showing Saturn moons causing gravitational waves as they orbit near its F Ring. These images can only be taken every 15 years, during Saturn's equinox. Thankfully, Cassini is there now. In the video you can see Prometheus (in the inner side) and Pandora (on the outer side), disturbing and smoothing the rings one after the other, which is why they are called shepherd moons. Things get even more spectacular in the Keeler gap, inside the A ring. There, Daphnis surfs the ring creating...
  • Like the fist of an angry god (Did something just hit Saturn's rings?)

    08/09/2009 11:11:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 56 replies · 3,050+ views
    Deep in the outer realms of our solar system, well over a billion kilometers away, something bizarre happened at Saturn’s F ring. I mean, seriously: what the he** happened here? Cassini image of something punching through Saturn’s F ring This is one of the latest pictures returned from the remarkable human achievement that is the Cassini spacecraft, a probe the size of a school bus that has been orbiting the ringed planet since 2004. It’s returned one incredible picture after another, and lately — as Saturn’s orbit has brought it to a point where the rings are nearly edge-on to...
  • The mysterious forest rings of northern Ontario

    05/23/2008 2:18:46 PM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,022+ views
    CBC ^ | 21 May 2008 | Elle Andra-Warner
    The Cheecka Ring is a ring measuring about 1 kilometre in diameter, located 20 km east of Hearst, Ont. Scientists believe it was formed by a natural gas deposit. (Courtesy S. Hamilton, OGS) It is a strange phenomenon: thousands of large, perfectly round "forest rings" dot the boreal landscape of northern Ontario. From the air, these mysterious light-coloured rings of stunted tree growth are clearly visible, but on the ground, you could walk right through them without noticing them. They range in diameter from 30 metres to 2 kilometres, with the average ring measuring about 91 metres across. Over...
  • Saturn Moon Rhea May Have rings (Neat!)

    03/06/2008 2:11:24 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 200+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 3/6/2008 | n/a
    PASADENA, Calif. - New observations by a spacecraft suggest Saturn's second-largest moon may be surrounded by rings. If confirmed, it would the first time a ring system has been found around a moon. The international Cassini spacecraft detected what appeared to be a large debris disk around the 950-mile-wide moon Rhea during a flyby in 2005. Scientists proposed that the halo likely contained particles ranging from the size of grains to boulders. The finding was described in a study published in the March 7 issue of the journal Science. Unlike the rings around Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, the apparent...
  • How Old Tree Rings And Ancient Wood Are Helping Rewrite History

    10/28/2007 11:05:05 AM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 173+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-27-2007 | Cornell University
    How Old Tree Rings And Ancient Wood Are Helping Rewrite History ScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2007) — Cornell archaeologists are rewriting history with the help of tree rings from 900-year-old trees, wood found on ancient buildings and through analysis of the isotopes (especially radiocarbon dating) and chemistry they can find in that wood.Sturt Manning talks to visitors during a demonstration of the tree-ring laboratory following his presentation during Trustee/Council Weekend. At the lecture, Manning explained how students and lab staff members precisely dated a wooden support beam from McGraw Hall to 1870. (Credit: Jason Koski/Cornell University Photography)" By collecting thousands of...
  • Brutal gang of Ring Thieves terrorizing Atlanta

    03/21/2007 7:57:44 PM PDT · by jsk10 · 38 replies · 1,328+ views
    Atlanta journal ^ | march 21, 2007 | Jsk10
    Buckhead-area businesses and community leaders are offering a $15,000 reward to help stop a crew of armed robbers from taking expensive wedding rings from women. The bandits netted rings valued from $10,000 to $60,000 in seven robberies — some in broad daylight with the victims' children present — since early January. The most recent one was Sunday.
  • Mysterious Rings Found At Tomb Of Chinese Only Empress

    12/21/2006 2:55:55 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 2,008+ views
    Mysterious rings found at tomb of Chinese only empress Chinese archaeologists have found a group of huge rings at the site of the 1,300-year-old tomb of Wu Zetian, China's only empress, but they are unable to explain their existence. At least 10 rings appeared on aerial photographs taken by experts from the Xi'an Preservation and Restoration Center of Cultural Relics and Qianling Museum in a survey of Qianling. Most of the rings were 30 to 40 meters in diameter and were in a zone four kilometers long from east to west and two kilometers from south to north, said Qin...
  • Jackson bids farewell to The Hobbit

    11/20/2006 11:37:38 PM PST · by MadIvan · 76 replies · 2,064+ views
    The Times ^ | November 21, 2006 | Adam Sherwin
    He is the flamboyant director whose The Lord of the Rings trilogy picked up 17 Oscars. But Peter Jackson has been cast out of Middle Earth after a row over profits from the $4 billion-plus (£2.1 billion) franchise.Fans of the fantasy films were dismayed by an e-mail, detailing a dispute between Jackson and the New Line film studio, which the New Zealander sent to a website devoted to matters Tolkien. It contained explosive news that the most lucrative franchise in Hollywood history after Star Wars will return with a Lord of the Rings prequel. A big-budget version of The Hobbit...
  • Santorum defends Iraq war (uses Lord of the Rings analogy)

    10/18/2006 2:26:04 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 47 replies · 1,086+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | ALISON HAWKES
    Santorum defends Iraq war By ALISON HAWKES Bucks County Courier Times Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been drawn to Iraq instead. Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic “Lord of the Rings,” to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand. “As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used...
  • MGM to Unveil New Tentpoles (Movie company set to release Tolkien's The Hobbit!)

    09/10/2006 5:10:57 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 85 replies · 1,861+ views ^ | September 10, 2006 | Staff
    In a Variety article talking about MGM's move back into the tentpole business, the trade mentions a few highly-anticipated projects that are in the works: Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"; one or two installments of "The Hobbit," which Sloan hopes will be directed by Peter Jackson; and a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan. It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel and the next 007 pic "Bond...
  • Rare find for metal detector(Anglo Saxon Misc. Treasures-UK)

    08/22/2006 8:17:34 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 19 replies · 1,762+ views
    EveningStar ^ | 22 Aug 2006 | EveningStar
    AN Ipswich metal detecting enthusiast has found treasure trove expected to be worth thousands of pounds in a farmer's field. John McLaughlin, 54, discovered silver gilt brooches, Anglo Saxon dress ornaments, silver studs, rings, knives, a spearhead and amber beads in Mark Partridge's north Ipswich field. The treasure was from disturbed burial sites from the Sixth and Seventh Century Anglo Saxon and Pagan periods. Mr McLaughlin said the landowner, Mr Partridge gave him permission to metal detect over his land after it was ploughed. He said he had been finding treasure there for the last three years. “This is my...
  • Ancient Volcano, Seeds And Treerings, Suggest Rewriting Late Bronze Age Mediterranean History (More)

    04/29/2006 12:24:20 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 723+ views
    Cornell University ^ | 4-28-2006 | Alex Kwan
    April 28, 2006Cornell study of ancient volcano, seeds and tree rings, suggests rewriting Late Bronze Age Mediterranean history By Alex Kwan Separated in history by 100 years, the seafaring Minoans of Crete and the mercantile Canaanites of northern Egypt and the Levant (a large area of the Middle East) at the eastern end of the Mediterranean were never considered trading partners at the start of the Late Bronze Age. Until now. Trenchmaster Vronwy Hankey and foreman Antonis Zidianakis excavate storage jars from the Minoan settlement Myrtos-Pyrgos. The jars were analyzed in the Cornell study using radiocarbon analyses. Cultural links between...
  • Seventh planet has a blue ring

    04/08/2006 4:03:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies · 844+ views
    BBC ^ | April 7, 2006 | Helen Briggs
    Astronomers have discovered that the planet Uranus has a blue ring - only the second found in the Solar System. Like the blue ring of Saturn, it probably owes its existence to an accompanying small moon. Scientists suspect subtle forces acting on dust in the rings allow smaller particles to persist while larger ones are recaptured by the moon. Smaller particles reflect blue light, giving the ring its distinctive colour, the US team reports in Science. All other rings - those around Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune - are made up of both large and small particles, making the...
  • Cassini Finds 'Missing Link' Moonlet Evidence in Saturn's Rings

    03/29/2006 8:18:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 575+ views
    JPL/ NASA ^ | 3/29/06
    Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have found evidence that a new class of small moonlets resides within Saturn's rings. There may be as many as 10 million of these objects within one of Saturn's rings alone. The moonlets' existence could help answer the question of whether Saturn's rings were formed through the break-up of a larger body or are the remnants of the disk of material from which Saturn and its moons formed. "These moonlets are likely to be chunks of the ancient body whose break-up produced Saturn's glorious rings," said Joseph Burns of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., a co-author...
  • Chickens Run Rings Around Turkish Bird Flu Busters

    01/14/2006 5:55:56 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 377+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-15-2006 | Colin Freeman
    Chickens run rings around Turkish bird flu busters Colin Freeman in Kusadasi (Filed: 15/01/2006) For the boiler-suited bird flu team from Kusadasi town council, the question of why the chicken crossed the road was no laughing matter. Having pecked his way out of a wriggling sackful of condemned birds, the white cockerel sprinted from the council depot and across a dual carriageway, forcing several staff to dodge the rush-hour traffic in pursuit. A Turkish boy and a municipality worker try to catch chickens The chicken's escape was thwarted only by Ayhan Bekmez, one of 90 council staff pressed into service...
  • President Rings in New Year Visiting Wounded Troops

    01/02/2006 9:50:03 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 470+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 1, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 1, 2006 – President Bush visited Brooke Army Medical Center, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, today to wish wounded troops undergoing treatment there a happy new year, thank them for their sacrifice, and present nine Purple Heart Medals. "I can't think of a better way to start 2006 than here at this fantastic hospital," Bush told reporters during a stop at the San Antonio post, where he met with 51 soldiers and Marines, most of them injured in Iraq. "This hospital is full of healers and compassionate people who care deeply about our men and women in uniform,"...
  • Do not Adjust Your Screen: Image from Cassini's Dione flyby

    10/14/2005 10:00:22 AM PDT · by cogitator · 24 replies · 841+ views
    SpaceRef ^ | 10/12/2005 | NASA
    A bigger image is available at the link.
  • Task Force Baghdad rings up 4,000 re-ups for FY05

    10/13/2005 5:15:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 390+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 13, 2005 | Spc. Maria Mengrone
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq (Army News Service, Oct. 13, 2005)-- Soldiers assigned to Task Force Baghdad are answering their nation’s call to “stay Army” by ending Fiscal Year 2005 with more than 4,000 re-enlistments. In return for their continued service, they’re also earning a combined total of more than $42 million in tax-free re-enlistment bonuses. “All re-enlistment goals set by the Department of the Army for FY05 have been met with overwhelming success,” said Sgt. Maj. Craig T. Lott, Multi-National Division–Baghdad retention sergeant major, and a member of Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. “The Army gives us a target percentage...
  • Recent Changes in Saturn Rings Puzzle Scientists (Bush Administration to Blame)

    09/07/2005 4:05:24 AM PDT · by nuke rocketeer · 9 replies · 363+ views ^ | 9/7/05 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New observations by the international Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn's trademark shimmering rings, which have dazzled astronomers since Galileo's time, have dramatically changed over just the past 25 years. Among the most surprising findings is that parts of Saturn's innermost ring -- the D ring -- have grown dimmer since the Voyager spacecraft flew by the planet in 1981, and a piece of the D ring has moved 125 miles inward toward Saturn.
  • Lord of the Rings - help needed (vanity)

    06/24/2005 7:13:06 AM PDT · by hispanichoosier · 264 replies · 5,851+ views
    I need help with LOTR. Two friends and I were discussing the books and movies last weekend. Friend 1 observed that the relationship between Frodo and Sam (in the movies) had homosexual overtones. Friend 2 retorted that the relationship is based on the master/servant relationship of old England and that Friend 1 was looking at it through American eyes, where rugged individualism is more prized. I--caught in the middle--had to admit that I thought that Sean Astin overplayed Sam at times but was great overall. So, was Friend 1 right about the gay overtones, or was Friend 2's explanation correct?...
  • Bilbo Baggins - sung by Leonard Nimoy

    02/08/2005 8:53:00 AM PST · by ricer1 · 210 replies · 2,204+ views ^ | not sure | who knows...
    Leonard Nimoy sings "Bilbo Baggins"
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 07-23-04

    07/23/2004 7:39:32 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 796+ views
    NASA ^ | 07-23-04 | 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. 2004 July 23 Saturn's Rings in Natural Color Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Explanation: What colors are Saturn's rings? Recent images from the Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn confirm that different rings have slightly different colors. The above image shows their sometimes-subtle differences in brightness and color. The rings reflect sunlight and so, even if they were perfectly reflecting, would appear the color of the...
  • Cassini Takes Image of Saturn's Rings

    07/22/2004 4:13:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 761+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/04 | AP
    PASADENA, Calif. - The international Cassini spacecraft sent back a natural-color image of Saturn showing the planet's rings are shades of pink, gray and a bit of brown, scientists announced Thursday. The image was taken June 21, a few days before the spacecraft entered orbit, from 4 million miles below the rings. The rings are mostly ice, which is white if it is pure. Researchers at NASA (news - web sites)'s Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe the different colors reflect the presence of other materials, such as rock or carbon compounds. Detailed close-ups sent immediately after Cassini entered orbit on June...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 07-21-04

    07/21/2004 4:56:45 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 609+ views
    NASA ^ | 07-21-04 | 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. 2004 July 21 A Shadow on the Rings of Saturn Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Explanation: This picture of Saturn could not have been taken from Earth. No Earth based picture could possibly view the night side of Saturn and the corresponding shadow cast across Saturn's rings. Since Earth is much closer to the Sun than Saturn, only the day side of the planet is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 07-12-04

    07/12/2004 12:38:43 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 12 replies · 597+ views
    NASA ^ | 07-12-04 | 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. 2004 July 12 Cassini Images Saturn's A Ring Credit: UVIS, U. Colorado, ESA, NASA Explanation: What are Saturn's rings made of? In an effort to find out, the robot spacecraft Cassini that entered orbit around Saturn two weeks ago took several detailed images of the area surrounding Saturn's large A ring in ultraviolet light. In the above image, the bluer an area appears, the richer it is in...
  • Cassini Finds Mud in Saturn's Rings

    07/08/2004 1:06:40 AM PDT · by God bless America-5 · 13 replies · 862+ views ^ | 07 July 2004 | Robert Roy Britt
    Cassini Finds Mud in Saturn's Rings By Robert Roy Britt Senior Science Writer posted: 05:00 pm ET 07 July 2004 Saturn's rings are a a lot dirtier than originally believed, according to new observations by the Cassini spacecraft that show that the inner regions are packed with rock and mud. "We've known for decades the rings are mostly made of water," said Larry Esposito of the University of Colorado at Boulder. "Now we know the amount of water varies, increasing toward the outer edge of the rings. Cassini images made in ultraviolet light and released yesterday have been combined...
  • Ultraviolet Images From Cassini Reveal Detail of Saturn's Rings

    07/07/2004 9:49:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 276+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2004 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ultraviolet images of Saturn's rings taken by the international Cassini spacecraft may offer astronomers clues about the origin of the planet's shimmering halos of ice and debris, scientists said Wednesday. The images show more ice toward the outer part of the rings, possibly providing hints about how the rings have changed over time, according to mission scientists. Saturn's rings are mostly ice but also contain other "dirty" material that astronomers want to investigate. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., released pictures Wednesday that depict the rings in shades of turquoise and red. The images were...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 07-02-04

    07/02/2004 9:06:21 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 473+ views
    NASA ^ | 07-02-04 | 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. 2004 July 2 The Encke Gap: A Moon Goes Here Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Explanation: Yesterday, Cassini became the first spacecraft to enter orbit around gas giant Saturn, rocketing through a 25,000 kilometer wide gap in the distant planet's magnificent system of icy rings at about 15 kilometers per second. Turning to snap pictures, Cassini's narrow angle camera recorded this stunning close-up of a...
  • Ringworld Waiting

    06/29/2004 6:52:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 273+ views
    NASA ^ | 6/29/04
    Saturn's peaceful beauty invites the Cassini spacecraft for a closer look in this natural color view, taken during the spacecraft's approach to the planet. By this point in the approach sequence, Saturn was large enough that two narrow angle camera images were required to capture an end-to-end view of the planet, its delicate rings and several of its icy moons. The composite is made entire from these two images. Moons visible in this mosaic: Epimetheus (116 kilometers, 72 miles across), Pandora (84 kilometers, 52 miles across) and Mimas (398 kilometers, 247 miles across) at left of Saturn; Prometheus (102 kilometers,...
  • Cassini CHAT now Online and available... IRC (

    06/09/2004 1:40:56 PM PDT · by Pandelirium · 3 replies · 430+ views
    Cassini CHAT online on IRC (freenode) The Cassini Chat has been activated and is now available without password to the public. Anyone interested in the discussion should log-in to the servers and point your chat-client to the #cassini room. There you will find some of the people involved with the project, many very knowledgable people involved in other space projects, as well as those interested in these endeavours ...(like you). We also moderate the Mars Rover chat as well which is located in the #maestro room. Maestro is the free 'public-outreach' software based on the actual program that JPL...
  • Solar halo shines over Changsha

    05/21/2004 5:06:45 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 2 replies · 354+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | Thursday, May 20, 2004
    BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Residents in Changsha, Capital of central China's Hunan Province have enjoyed the golden opportunity to see an atmospheric wonder: a solar halo. Yesterday, the sun was wrapped by a grey and black band and the sight looked more beautiful as colorful rings appeared outside the ring. The spectacular sight lasted three and half hours in the city. Meteorological experts make it clear the solar halo can not foretell good or ill luck since it is only an atmospheric phenomenon. Solar halos indicate the increase of steam and the coming of low pressure. (
  • Studios at Odds Over 'Rings' Prequel ("The Hobbit" Will Be Made If Settled)

    03/06/2004 5:20:47 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 40 replies · 1,562+ views
    AP (through WTOP News) ^ | 3/6/2004 | n/a
    Studios at Odds Over 'Rings' Prequel By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jackson won't be returning to the Shire any time soon. The Oscar-winning director is planning to film "The Hobbit," the prequel to "The Lord of the Rings," trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, but two studios must first fight over legal rights to the film. Jackson said New Line Cinema has the rights to make the movie, but MGM has the rights to distribute it. "I guess MGM's lawyers and New Line's lawyers are going to have a huge amount of fun over the next few years...
  • Cassini Begins Final Approach Phase (4 months out): New Image Released

    02/27/2004 8:52:06 AM PST · by cogitator · 26 replies · 262+ views ^ | February 27, 2004 | Space Science Institute
    New NASA Cassini Image of Saturn ReleasedThe narrow angle camera onboard the Cassini spacecraft took a series of exposures of Saturn and its rings and moons on February 9, 2004, which were composited to create this stunning, color image. At the time, Cassini was 69.4 million kilometers (43.1 million miles) from Saturn, less than half the distance from Earth to the Sun. The image contrast and colors have been slightly enhanced to aid visibility. The smallest features visible in this image are approximately 540 kilometers across (336 miles). Fine details in the rings and atmosphere are beginning to emerge, and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 01-17-04

    01/16/2004 10:12:27 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 306+ views
    NASA ^ | 01-17-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
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    11/06/2003 7:47:49 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 100 replies · 864+ views
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    08/16/2003 10:38:43 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 239+ views
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