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Juno Photographs Earth and the Moon from 6 Million Miles Away, Puts Life in Perspective

The Juno spacecraft took the new photo on Aug. 26 as part of a test of its camera imaging system called JunoCam. The result: a parting shot of the Earth-moon system as the probe sails on its five-year trip to Jupiter.

“This is a remarkable sight people get to see all too rarely,” said Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, in a statement. “This view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the universe. We see a humbling yet beautiful view of ourselves.


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Astronomers Locate Geidi Prime, House Atredies Put on Alert

The Jupiter-sized gas giant named TrES-2b was found using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, which has the capacity to measure light, even in extremely distant objects. However, TrES-2b reflects less than one percent of light shined upon it, making it the darkest planet or moon ever discovered thus far.

TrES-2b is considerably less reflective than black acrylic paint, so it’s truly an alien world,” said lead author and astronomer David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

TrES-2b is heated up to temperatures greater than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit by its star, which it orbits from a mere distance of 3 million miles. This planet is unique as it does not have any clouds similar to planets like Jupiter, cloaked by clouds of ammonia. Rather, high temperatures prohibit any clouds from forming, causing a mystery as to why the planet is so dark and unreflective.

What said astronomers forgot to mention, it’s Giedi Prime. All of you who haven’t read or watched DUNE(David Lynch or SyFy miniseries style) need to get caught up on this.

In the meantime, science has found House Harkonnen lurking in The Black. This means, we’ve got to get on that traveling without moving business and bring the rain to Arrakis.*

*This post is heavily saturated in nerd references. Follow those links if you feel confused.


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New “Minor Planet” Found Near Neptune

Something new in the night sky, for the moment anyways.

Using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, astronomers detected a small, comet-like object called 2006 SQ372, which is likely made of rock and ice. However, its orbit never brings it close enough to the sun for it to develop a tail. Its unusual orbit is an ellipse that is four times longer than it is wide, said University of Washington astronomer Andrew Becker, who led the discovery team.


2006 SQ372 is beginning the return leg of a 22,500-year journey that will take it to a distance of 150 billion miles, nearly 1,600 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun. Scientists believe the object is only 50-100 kilometers (30-60 miles) across.

But did you hear about Pluto? Messed up right?

(via universe today)

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