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Saturn’s Moon Telesto Discovered 33 Years Ago Today
2013-04-08 18:47:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Thirty-three years ago today, astronomers discovered Saturn's moon Telesto using ground-based observations. Astronomers Bradford A. Smith, Harold Reitsema, Stephen M. Larson and John W. Fountain were performing ground observations on April 8, 1980 when they discovered the Saturn moon. The moon was officially named after Telesto of Greek mythology, but was also designated as Saturn XIII or Tethys B. NASA said Telesto is known...

Asteroid To Fly Past Earth In Early 2013
2012-10-28 06:21:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An asteroid approximately the size of a city block will be completing its closest ever fly-by in our planet's history early next year, and one prominent American university is planning a "viewing party" to commemorate the occasion. The University of Central Florida (UCF) announced on Saturday that they would be hosting a special event on February 15, 2013, to watch asteroid 2012 DA14 come within 14,000 miles of Earth. Several...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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