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2009-09-09 10:44:00

New Instruments Built by Ball Aerospace Reveal Universe's Best Kept Secrets Images from new instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope, show the sharpest visible-light images of distant galaxies ever seen.


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Proteus -- Proteus is one of Neptune's moons. It is one of the darkest objects in the solar system, as dark as soot; like Saturn's moon Phoebe, it reflects only 6 percent of the sunlight that strikes it. Proteus is about 400 kilometers in diameter, larger than Nereid, but it wasn't discovered from Earth because it is so close to Neptune that it is lost in the glare of reflected sunlight. Proteus is irregularly shaped and shows no sign of any geological modification; scientists...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Larissa -- Larissa is the fifth of Neptune's known moons. It was discovered by Harold Reitsema based on ground-based stellar occultation observations, and was photographed by Voyager 2 in 1989. Larissa is irregular (non-spherical) in shape and appears to be heavily cratered, with no sign of any geological modification. Little else is known about it. Since its orbit is below Neptune's synchronous orbit radius it is slowly decaying due to tidal forces and will one day break up...

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