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Scientists Scratching Their Heads Over Titan's Vanishing 'Magic Island'
2014-06-23 10:52:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A mysterious “island” that suddenly appeared and then disappeared on one of Saturn’s moons, as seen in NASA images, has scientists baffled. Dubbed the “Magic Island,” the feature on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, showed up in an image captured by NASA's Cassini probe last year. Images of the same location captured nothing before or days after. According to a paper on the phenomenon published in Nature Geoscience, the...

2014-06-19 16:29:08

Patent recognizes IO's distinct research and development of software-defined data centers PHOENIX, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IO, a worldwide leader in software-defined data centers technology, services, and solutions, today announced it has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the company's software-defined modular data center. U.S. Patent 8,733,812 defines the technology necessary for a modular data center with intelligent management,...

Astronauts Visiting Moon Will Not Find Water On The Sunny Side
2014-06-17 13:26:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronauts looking to lay the groundwork for a future settlement or station on the Moon will be looking for water to use as a resource. According to a new study, however, they may want to save some time by not looking for it on areas of the Moon that are exposed to the Sun. Published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, the study found that ultraviolet photons released by the Sun probably result in water molecules to either...

saturn and titan
2014-06-14 03:30:45

Elizabeth Zubritzky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center NASA scientists have created a new recipe that captures key flavors of the brownish-orange atmosphere around Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. The recipe is used for lab experiments designed to simulate Titan’s chemistry. With this approach, the team was able to classify a previously unidentified material discovered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in the moon’s smoggy haze. “Now we can say that this material has a strong...

pluto and moons
2014-06-14 03:49:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If there are cracks on the ice-covered surface of Charon, an upcoming analysis of those fractures could help determine whether or not the interior of Pluto’s moon was warm enough to have been home to a subterranean ocean of liquid water. In April, research funded by the US space agency and published in the journal Icarus reported how tidally-driven fractures could have formed on the moon if its orbit was previously eccentric....

lunar farside mystery
2014-06-10 04:20:52

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite being the nearest astronomical object to Earth, and the only extraterrestrial site of human visitors, the Moon still contains mysteries that have puzzled scientists for the better part of a century. Perhaps the greatest question surrounding lunar history is its two-faced nature. Due to the mutual gravitational interaction of the Earth-Moon system, the giant satellite is tidally locked with our planet, so we always see...

What Would Happen If Saturn Came Extremely Close To Earth?
2014-05-14 07:38:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While astronomers enjoyed the best view of Saturn this past weekend, an animator created a new video depicting what would happen if the people of Earth got an extreme close-up of the sixth planet from the Sun. According to Laurel Kornfeld of The Space Reporter, Saturn reached opposition on May 10, which means that it and the Earth were on opposite sides of the Sun. The ringed planet was also at its closest distance to our world...

Uranus
2014-05-02 04:00:57

NASA/JPL NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn's rings. The robotic spacecraft briefly turned its gaze away from the ringed beauty of Saturn on April 11, 2014, to observe the distant planet, which is the seventh planet from the sun. The planets Uranus and Neptune are sometimes referred to as "ice giants" to distinguish them from their larger siblings, Jupiter and Saturn, the classic "gas...

Ganymede
2014-05-02 06:23:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While astronomers have long believed that Jupiter’s moon Ganymede was home to a thick ocean sandwiched between two layers of ice, a new NASA-funded research project now claims that the largest natural satellite in our solar system could actually have several layers of ice and ocean stacked one upon another. Writing in the journal Planetary and Space Science, Steve Vance of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena,...

2014-05-01 16:37:05

Pfaff's Achievement Marks Second Year in a Row IO Has Won This Top Data Center Industry Honor PHOENIX, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IO, a global leader in software-defined data centers, announced that Jason Pfaff, Vice President, North America DCaaS(TM) at IO, won the Data Center Manager of the Year Award from AFCOM, the leading association of data center and facilities management professionals. With this selection, AFCOM recognized Pfaff for outstanding leadership and excellence in...


Latest Planemos Reference Libraries

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Planet Pluto -- Pluto is the ninth and smallest planet of our solar system. It was discovered by the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona on February 18, 1930 (although the body was first photographed on March 19, 1915). Tombaugh was searching for a "Planet X" to explain the orbit of Neptune; further analysis, with seven decades more data about Neptune's position, has resolved the perceived anomaly without need for an additional gravitational pull on Neptune....

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus -- Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun. It is a gas giant. Physical characteristics Uranus is composed primarily of rock and various ices, with only about 15% hydrogen and a little helium (in contrast to Jupiter and Saturn which are mostly hydrogen). Uranus (and Neptune) are in many ways similar to the cores of Jupiter and Saturn minus the massive liquid metallic hydrogen envelope. It appears that Uranus does not have a rocky core like Jupiter and Saturn but rather...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jupiter -- in astronomy, fifth planet from the sun and largest planet of the solar system. Astronomical and Physical Characteristics Jupiter's orbit lies beyond the asteroid belt at a mean distance of 483.6 million mi (778.3 million km) from the sun; its period of revolution is 11.86 years. In order from the sun it is the first of the Jovian planetsJupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptunevery large, massive planets of relatively low density, having rapid rotation and a thick, opaque...

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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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