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Hubble Discovers Dark Cloud in the Atmosphere of Uranus
Jyril
post Sep 28 2006, 08:43 PM
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Just as we near the end of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, winds whirl and clouds churn 2 billion miles away in the atmosphere of Uranus, forming a dark vortex large enough to engulf two-thirds of the United States. Astronomers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to take the first definitive images of a dark spot on Uranus. The elongated feature measures 1,100 miles by 1,900 miles (1,700 kilometers by 3,000 kilometers). This three-wavelength composite image was taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys on August 23, 2006. The research team found the dark spot again on August 24. The inset image shows a magnified view of the spot with enhanced contrast. Uranus's north pole is near the 3 o'clock position in this image. The bright band in the southern hemisphere is at 45 degrees south.


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post Sep 28 2006, 08:53 PM
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....must.....resist.....temptation.....
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post Sep 28 2006, 09:02 PM
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Please... Uranus jokes are so banal.


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post Sep 28 2006, 09:14 PM
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QUOTE (Jyril @ Sep 28 2006, 10:02 PM) *
Please... Uranus jokes are so banal.

We don't want this to turn into a farce.
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post Oct 2 2006, 01:19 PM
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I couldn't agree more.

If you make crude jokes about "The Planet That Dare Not Speak Its Name", you're an ass!

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post Oct 3 2006, 06:52 PM
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Hey, since Pluto isn't a planet anymore, let's rename Uranus Pluto! smile.gif


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post Oct 3 2006, 11:41 PM
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Hey -- you ain't renaming MY...

Oh, uh, sorry. Misunderstood... smile.gif

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post Oct 4 2006, 04:45 AM
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Futurama, anyone? smile.gif
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QUOTE (paxdan @ Sep 28 2006, 09:14 PM) *
We don't want this to turn into a farce.


I agree this is not a place for farts...I mean a farce...


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post Oct 5 2006, 03:36 PM
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Boy, Doug leaves for Valencia for a few days... biggrin.gif


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John Flushing
post Nov 12 2006, 07:27 PM
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QUOTE (Jyril @ September 28th, 2006, 04:02 PM) *
Please... Uranus jokes are so banal.

Uranus's discoverer named it "George's Star" kind of like what Mike Brown did with the planet ice dwarf Xena.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranus#Discovery_and_naming


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post Nov 12 2006, 09:42 PM
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QUOTE (John Flushing @ Nov 12 2006, 11:27 AM) *
Uranus's discoverer named it "George's Star" kind of like what Mike Brown did with the planet ice dwarf Xena.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranus#Discovery_and_naming


Is "John Flushing" a pseudonym adopted just for this thread?
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post Nov 14 2006, 02:57 AM
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No, it is actually a pseuduonym adopted for a whole host of things.


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post Nov 16 2006, 04:28 PM
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What's in a name? Uranus would remain as unexplored by any other name... Or would it? Also, there is one major reason to go there: Ariel. In a book called "Moons of the Outer Planets" that I read in the early 1990s it was speculated that it could still be active today. It was also speculated that Enceladus might - and it actually IS. Ariel is the Enceladus of the Uranian system.


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post Mar 12 2007, 02:35 AM
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that is interesting… nobody has anything to add to that? i was thinking that recently as well. while we are running out of candidates, i think moons close to their host gas-giants all have the likelyhood that they might experience some io-europa-enceladus type activity. how much of miranda is rock vs ice? i would imagine if it were mostly rock it would seem less likely to have such activity.


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