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  • Strange Space Object Stumps Astronomers; Appears to be Asteroid but Has Six Comet-Like Tails

    11/09/2013 1:49:25 AM PST · by Bender2 · 37 replies ^ | Nov 07, 2013 03:05 PM EST | Russell Westerholm
    Strange Space Object Stumps Astronomers; Appears to be Asteroid but Has Six Comet-Like Tails Posted by Russell Westerholm Astronomers have spotted a curious comet-like spatial object with the Hubble Telescope that has six trails, causing it to look like a badminton shuttlecock, BBC News reported. The observers were lead to believe the object is an asteroid because it was spotted in an asteroid belt, but its tails are more characteristic of a comet. Asteroids also typically only appear as tiny dots of light. "We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it," Dave Jewitt, a professor from the University of California...
  • Comet-like tail discovered trailing planet Mercury

    09/22/2010 2:02:28 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 14 replies
    EurekAlert ^ | 9-22-10 | EurekAlert
    This is an image of Mercury's tail obtained from combining a full day of data from a camera aboard the STEREO-A spacecraft. The reflected sunlight off the planet's surface results in a type of over-exposure that causes Mercury to appear much larger than its actual size. The tail-like structure extending anti-sunward from the planet is visible over several days and spans an angular size exceeding that of a full Moon in the night sky.
  • Mercury found to have comet-like appearance by satellites looking at sun

    09/22/2010 8:33:02 AM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    Boston University Medical Center ^ | September 22, 2010 | Unknown
    ROME and BOSTON - Scientists from Boston University's Center for Space Physics reported today that NASA satellites designed to view the escaping atmosphere of the Sun have also recorded evidence of gas escaping from the planet Mercury. The scientists reported these findings at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) meeting in Rome, Italy this week. The STEREO mission has two satellites placed in the same orbit around the Sun that the Earth has, but at locations ahead and behind it (STEREO, or Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory, is the third mission in NASA's Solar Terrestrial Probes program). This configuration offers multi-directional...
  • Scorched Alien Planet Has a Comet Tail (153 light-years from Earth)

    07/15/2010 1:40:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies ^ | 7/15/10 | Clara Moskowitz
    A scorched alien planet is flying so close to its parent star that its atmosphere is being swept off it in a glowing tail like some sort of giant comet, NASA announced Thursday. The existence of the planet and its strange tail, which was suggested in previous studies, was confirmed recently by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These new observations of the gas giant planet, called HD 209458b, suggest strong winds from its nearby star are blowing the atmosphere off the scorched world and shaping it into a comet-like tail. "Since 2003 scientists have theorized the lost mass is being pushed...
  • The Moon And The Magnetotail

    04/21/2008 8:28:02 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 22 replies · 66+ views
    SPX ^ | 21 Apr 08 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    Huntsville AL (SPX) Apr 18, 2008 Behold the full Moon. Ancient craters and frozen lava seas lie motionless under an airless sky of profound quiet. It's a slow-motion world where even a human footprint may last millions of years. Nothing ever seems to happen there. Right? Wrong. NASA-supported scientists have realized that something does happen every month when the Moon gets a lashing from Earth's magnetic tail. "Earth's magnetotail extends well beyond the orbit of the Moon and, once a month, the Moon orbits through it," says Tim Stubbs, a University of Maryland scientist working at the Goddard Space Flight...
  • Venus' Tail of the Unexpected

    02/23/2008 5:04:59 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies · 382+ views ^ | 02/20/2008 | by Rens Van der Sluijs
    The ion tail of Venus. Credit: Jeff Hecht, New Scientist Magazine May 31, 1997.   Feb 20, 2008Venus' Tail of the UnexpectedAncient peoples report that the planet Venus once had visible "ropes" stretching out to the Earth. Could a plasma glow discharge have been the cause?The "induced magnetotail" that points away from Venus in the direction of the earth is a teardrop-shaped plasma structure filled with “a lot of little stringy things” that was first detected by NASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter in the late 1970s. In 1997, Europe’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) Satellite showed that the tail stretched some...
  • Spacecraft Surfs Jupiter's Magnetic Tail

    10/19/2007 2:30:40 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies · 34+ views ^ | 09 October 2007 | By Ker Than
    NASA's Pluto-bound spacecraft, New Horizons, recently surfed a long tail of charged particles trailing behind Jupiter. Observations from that wild ride revealed enormous bobbing bubbles of charged particles, or "plasma," and showed that the structure of the planet's tadpole-shaped "magnetotail" is surprisingly varied. The findings, detailed in two reports in the Oct. 9 issue of the journal Science, could help scientists understand the protective magnetic environment surrounding Earth and other planets. "If we understand our Jupiter better, we will be able to further understand the extrasolar 'hot Jupiters' of other stars," Norbert Krupp, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute...
  • Discovery of Vast Tail on Dying Star Promises Clues to Solar Birth

    08/15/2007 7:42:32 PM PDT · by RDTF · 8 replies · 383+ views
    The Washington Post via Drudge Report ^ | August 16, 2007 | Marc Kaufman
    Astronomers have for the first time found a gargantuan, comet-like tail created by a slowly dying star, a discovery that gives new insights into how old stars seed the galaxies with material that ultimately becomes new stars and solar systems. Astronomers have long known that dying stars provide the building blocks for future ones, but never before have they seen the process so vividly in action. Save & Share Article What's This? DiggGoogle del.icio.usYahoo! RedditFacebook The 13-light-year-long tail is made up of molecules of oxygen, carbon and nitrogen shed by the slowly dying but very fast-moving star as it speeds...
  • Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust

    11/07/2013 12:20:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/7/13 | Marcia Dunn - ap
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid. The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they've never seen anything like it. Incredibly, the comet-like tails change shape as the asteroid sheds dust. The streams have occurred over several months.
  • Will we meet our pets in heaven?

    07/26/2008 9:24:53 PM PDT · by WilliamReading · 158 replies · 3,444+ views
    Carolyn Sharp’s beloved greyhound Starr was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer. Sharp decided the two of them would stay together as long as Starr was not suffering too much. The greyhound received radiation treatments and pain patches for several months until the veterinarian told Sharp it was time to end it. “When we went in for the last time, I held her in my arms for the comfort of both of us until she had left,” said Sharp, who lives in Overland Park. “I have still not really made peace with losing...
  • Squirrel hunters, UNITE, WE NEED YOU

    07/28/2006 8:59:10 PM PDT · by girlangler · 45 replies · 806+ views
    email ^ | 7/28/2006 | Jim Martinsen
    <p>Dear Etta: I need your help to let the Jacksboro area squirrel hunters know Mepps still buys squirrel tails. Every year it gets tougher to get the tails we need to dress our spinners, but we know from experience a little ink or air time is always a big help. Details are below. Any assistance you can offer, Etta would be sincerely appreciated. Should you need additional information please contact me.</p>
  • 10 Tails That Wage The Modern Dog (Origin Of Dogs?)

    02/13/2004 8:11:55 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 573+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-14-2004 | Tim Radford
    10 tails that wag the modern dog Tim Radford in Seattle learns how and Fido sprang from a wolf Saturday February 14, 2004 The Guardian (UK) Within five years researchers will have completed the evolutionary tree of man's best friend, from a wolf in eastern Asia about 15,000 years ago to more than 300 breeds today. The genetic sequence of a dog - a poodle - was completed in 2003. Now a combination of pedigree data, veterinary expertise, genetics and historical records could demonstrate the link the chihuahua and border collie, great dane and German shepherd. Deborah Lynch of the...
  • Man Admits Cutting Dogs' Tails Off; Says He Needed To Be Entertained

    05/31/2003 2:49:00 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 479+ views ^ | 5.30.01 |
    Man Admits Cutting Dogs' Tails Off; Says He Needed To Be Entertained Dog Tails Found In Freezer Posted: 6:24 p.m. EDT May 29, 2003Updated: 7:06 a.m. EDT May 30, 2003 A 36-year-old Central Florida man admitted Thursday that he chopped the tails off five of his landlord's six dogs and then stored their tails in a freezer because he needed to be entertained, according to Local 6 News. Nelson Rodriguez was arrested after sheriff's deputies found his landlord's missing Akita-mixed dogs mutilated inside the Rodriguez's Pine Castle home. Rodriguez told Local 6 News Thursday that he cut the dog's tails...