I really get somewhat upset when journalists and semi-scientists post information about so-called “other Earths” having been located in other places throughout the galaxy. That is not the exact truth. No other world has yet to be located that is anything akin to our Earth. Water has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth. Life has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth. As these are the main things that classify Earth as Earth, classifying anything else as such is erroneous!
Anyhow. An article from Yahoo/Reuters gives details about a recent information release from a N.A.S.A. space probe. Apparently, this particular probe has been on it’s voyage for some time, and it has passed a distance of 900 million miles beyond Saturn. The probe was able to reverse it’s positioning in order to photograph images of the solar system behind it. One captivating picture was that of Planet Earth, in the distance!
Scientists working with The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, California are constantly reviewing and studying information that is received from satellites about what is occurring within outer space. Recent researches are recognizing that our beloved Earth is little more than a dot among countless dots in the night sky, as depicted by Cassini. The actual image of Earth and her moon take up no more than the space of one pixel!
Renowned scientific researcher Carolyn Porco has stated that the imaging of Earth from this distant vantage “underscores our coming of age as planetary explorers”. Dr. Porco has directed the Cassini imaging program with The Space Science Institute at Boulder, Colorado. It is, perhaps, that the images of Cassini from Saturn are giving humanity the necessary boost of enthusiasm for further reviews and attempts at exploring our solar system. Certainly the magnificence of the images by the Cassini probe are undeniable, and they surely can be taken as catalysts for the next steps in human advancement toward a truly space-faring society.
The reverse images made by Cassini are supposed to have been a rare occurrence! Space probes within the distant reaches of the solar system do not aim backward, so that their instruments are not damaged by rays from The Sun. However, Cassini was able to turn around for it’s picturing of Saturn because of the gargantuan gas giant temporarily blocking our star’s powerful beams from the probe’s line of sight.
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I am not sure that many people were aware, but The Moon was smacked, recently! It was this past March when our natural satellite was hit by a speeding meteroid. No signifcant damage was done, yet there was an explosion that created a flare which lasted long enough for scientists to study the scene.
Last Friday, N.A.S.A. went ahead and released a report about what happened. It was March 17 when observers with our national space program reported seeing an explosion on the lunar surface. A meteoroid which was reported to be less than one meter wide and weighing roughly forty kilograms struck The Moon at a racing rate of 56,000 miles per hour! Experts with N.A.S.A. stated that the impact shimmered with a glare equivalent to a 4th magnitude star!
Impacts from space debris and meteorites are common, as these objects are flying through space all of the time. Earth and The Moon indeed are pelted by these objects, regularly. It is that, while Earth can eliminate the vast majority of them by dissolving them by the strength of a powerful atmosphere, The Moon has no such protective cover to keep objects from striking it’s surface. It is due to this fact that any objects hurtling through space and reaching The Moon will impact it, and will leave a resulting scar.
The impact of the meteroid indeed created an explosion, despite the lack of oxygen necessary to produce fire! Scientists with N.A.S.A. reported that a flash of light from the impact came from the glow of the molten rock at the instant of the impact. At that very moment, there was the energy and the heat needed to produce the moment of fire, though surely it did not last long!
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We were thinking that the cyclonic storms here on Earth were monstrous! HA, laughs Saturn! You bitches ain’t seen nothin’ yet! (Alright, there was not that level of raucous and rude outburst…). The gazes into the goings on of the activities beyond our world are becoming more and more exciting, and our satellite imagings are capturing more spectacular scenes at every shot!
The assistance of The Cassini Space Probe continues to prove beneficial, as it is delivering more and more awe-inspiring images of Saturn. After having been deployed from Earth in October of 1997, Cassini arrived at our solar system’s sixth world during 2004. It actually is a dual space probe called Cassini-Huygens, which was used to study Saturn, along with it’s largest moon, Titan.
Upon reaching Saturn, Cassini has taken amazing photos of activities occurring within the atmosphere of Saturn. The recent spectacle is the sight of a gigantic storm that is swirling at the northern polar region of the planet. This hurricane-like feature is estimated to be 1,250 miles in diameter, with winds at it’s outer regions reaching speeds up to 330 miles per hour! Imagine something like that during our hurricane season!
The images taken by Cassini show a deep-reddish, swirling shape. It is encircled by green loops, which give the red area the depiction of the storm’s eye. This eye area is estimated to be roughly 1,250 miles wide! Amazingly, during 2006, the Cassini space probe captured images of an even larger cyclonic vortex within Saturn’s atmosphere!
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It usually is an exciting thing for science semi-geeks like myself to catch some of the latest postings about recent discoveries, especially when they concern astronomy! A current clip probably delivers details of information that has been presented previously, yet now is making it into the realm of general reading. I am reading it as I am typing (yes… multi-talent….), and I am seeing where N.A.S.A. scientists have been working with The Kepler Space Telescope, recently. Their efforts have resulted in the location of three extrasolar planets that have the possibilities for habitability!
The Kepler Telescope has had it’s powerful lenses aimed in the direction of Kepler-62. This star is is located within our Milky Way Galaxy, specifically within Lyra Constellation. This is one of the 88 major constellations that are detailed by The International Astronomical Union. The star Kepler-62 is attracting specific attention because it has three worlds orbiting it which have the potentials to be habitable!
Current observations of Kepler-62 are revealing that the star hosts at least five worlds. Three of these planets are specifically interesting because they seem to orbit within the habitable zone of their parent star. Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f are the planets of this system that have been receiving the most review. It is Kepler-62f which ig attracting additional attention because it seems to be the planet within this system that has the greatest potential to be a life-harboring world! It is well-within the habitable zone of Kepler-62, and it has a possibility to hold liquid water. Additionally, Kepler 69-c has been identified within this orbital area, yet it may reside slightly outside of the habitable zone of the Kepler-62 solar system.
It is Kepler-62f which is believed to be roughly forty percent as large as Earth. N.A.S.A. Ames Research Center Principal Scientific Investigator William Borucki has stated that Kepler-62f may be a rocky world that could have polar ice caps! Yet, it is less massive and less aquatic than Earth.
The star itself is a K-type main-sequence star. This can be called an orange dwarf, also. It is similar to nearby stars within our Milky Way Galaxy that include Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti. These types of stars are cooler than The Sun, which is a G-type main-sequence star.
The Kepler Space Telescope has been working tirelessly since it’s 2009 launch into Earth orbit. Since that time, this celestial observer has located over one-hundred extrasolar planets! Kepler is an intregal part of the N.A.S.A. objective to locate a world beyond our solar system that is capable of hosting life, possibly even life as we understand it, and, with the greatest of fingers crossed, sentient life!
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