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2008-05-01 00:00:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Scientists from the University of Maryland and the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany appear to have solved a long-standing mystery about the cause of anomalies in Jupiter's gossamer rings. In a new study published in the May 1 issue of Nature, they report that a faint extension of the outermost ring beyond the orbit of Jupiter's moon Thebe, and other observed deviations from an accepted model of ring formation, result from the interplay of shadow...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jupiter's Moon Thebe -- Thebe [THEE-bee] is the fourth known satellite of Jupiter. Thebe was a nymph and the daughter of the river god Asopus. Thebe rotates synchronously around Jupiter. Very little is known about this moon. Discovered by Stephen Synnott Date of discovery 1979 Mass (kg) 7.77e+17 Mass (Earth = 1) 1.3002e-07 Radius (km) 55x45 Radius (Earth = 1) 8.6234e-03 Mean density (gm/cm^3) 1.5 Mean distance from Jupiter (km) 221,895 Rotational period (days) 0.674536...

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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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