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Uranus Bizarre Weather Revealed
2012-10-17 12:09:48

[ Watch the Video: What is Uranus? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Uranus is coming into more focus than ever with a new technique developed by astronomers and applied at the Keck Observatory. Astronomers reported at the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting that they have taken high-resolution infrared images of Uranus, revealing detail of the planet's bizarre weather. The latest details of the seventh planet from the Sun...

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2010-06-16 09:39:48

Detailed observations made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found an answer to the flash of light seen June 3 on Jupiter. It came from a giant meteor burning up high above Jupiter's cloud tops. The space visitor did not plunge deep enough into the atmosphere to explode and leave behind any telltale cloud of debris, as seen in previous Jupiter collisions. Astronomers around the world knew that something must have hit the giant planet to unleash a flash of energy bright enough to be seen...

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2010-06-03 09:25:00

Without warning, a mystery object struck Jupiter on July 19, 2009, leaving a dark bruise the size of the Pacific Ocean. The spot first caught the eye of an amateur astronomer in Australia, and soon, observatories around the world, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, were zeroing in on the unexpected blemish. Astronomers had witnessed this kind of cosmic event before. Similar scars had been left behind during the course of a week in July 1994, when more than 20 pieces of Comet...

2009-07-25 12:33:15

The newly repaired Hubble Space Telescope is sending back exquisite pictures of debris from an object that collided with Jupiter, NASA officials said. Scientists interrupted calibration of Hubble's new Wide Field Camera 3, installed by astronauts in May, to photograph the debris field 360 million miles away, said Heidi Hammel, Hubble's lead astronomer at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. Hubble is in orbit 347 miles above the Earth. Hubble's truly exquisite imaging capability has...

2009-07-24 14:21:00

BALTIMORE, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the sharpest visible-light picture yet of atmospheric debris from an object that collided with Jupiter on July 19. NASA scientists decided to interrupt the recently refurbished observatory's checkout and calibration to take the image of a new, expanding spot on the giant planet on July 23. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Anthony...

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2009-07-24 14:35:00

The checkout and calibration of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been interrupted to aim the recently refurbished observatory at a new expanding spot on the giant planet Jupiter. The spot, caused by the impact of a comet or an asteroid, is changing from day to day in the planet's cloud tops. For the past several days the world's largest telescopes have been trained on Jupiter. Not to miss the potentially new science in the unfolding drama 580 million kilometers away, Matt Mountain,...

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2009-07-24 06:50:18

A team of astronomers using the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawai'i obtained a new infrared image of Jupiter on Wednesday night, July 22, showing its new scar still glowing in mid-infrared wavelengths. The image complements earlier infrared images, including two taken July 20, shortly after the bruise was noticed, with the Keck II telescope and NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility "” both a stone's throw from the Gemini telescope on Mauna Kea. Jupiter's new glowing bruise, some...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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