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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007 edited
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    "Resemble" flying saucers, right....

    Saturn's 'flying saucer' moons built of ring material

    Two small moons that lie within the planet's rings resemble UFOs, new images reveal – their equatorial ridges may be swept-up ring material

    http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn13014-saturns-flying-saucer-moons-built-of-ring-material.html
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    That's amazing. Thanks for the link.

    Found another pic:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia08405.html
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
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    Two small moons that lie within the planet's rings resemble UFOs, new images reveal – their equatorial ridges may be swept-up ring material
    *Alec Guiness voice* That's no moon.
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    *Alec Guiness voice* That's no moon.


    Joe, they found that one a couple years ago:

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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
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    Joe, they found that one a couple years ago:
    I'm sure I made the joke then, too. :)
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    for a minute there, i thought you'd been looking at abovetopsecret.com. mostly nonsense, always hilarioous and sometimes downright perplexing - http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/e10004/e1000462a.jpg - ( a big photo of the mars surface - note the almost perfect square shape... now, where's my tin hat.
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      CommentAuthorobliterati
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Meanwhile, Saturn still has <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2007-034">this thing</a> going on...

    <img src="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/cassini/pia09187-browse.gif">

    ...proving once and for all that Saturn was created by someone with a giant wrench who put it it together with a hex nut.
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    albeit a jolly large one (no sniggering at the back)
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      CommentAuthorobliterati
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    <img src="http://images.inmagine.com/img/digitalvision/dv240/dv240025.jpg">
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    Are these saucers related to the giant ring-building machines someone "discovered" in orbit there some years ago?


    http://www.ringmakersofsaturn.com/
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    Meanwhile on Mercury:





    Funny, I thought the shadow ship in our solar system was supposed to be on Mars.
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    for a minute there, i thought you'd been looking at abovetopsecret.com. mostly nonsense, always hilarioous and sometimes downright perplexing - http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/e10004/e1000462a.jpg - ( a big photo of the mars surface - note the almost perfect square shape... now, where's my tin hat.


    That's cool.
    As for the tin hat, I think the hard-core loons usually make their own. Kind of a right of passage. Let us know when you're done.
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      CommentAuthorobliterati
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    This is far too respectable a thread for someone to make a joke about Mercury's gigantic third nipple, so I'm not going to do that. I am also going to rule out any jokes about that being a close-up of Edward James Olmos, I like that guy way too much. Plus he could destroy me from orbit with acting talent alone.

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v33/scarecrowdave/commander-adama-gr.jpg">
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      CommentAuthorroque
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    it was a weather balloon.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2008 edited
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    Catching the light from Venus and reflecting it onto an upwelling of swamp gas.

    Saturn's got some really, really nice moons going for it, namely Titan and Enceladus. I can see us living there someday.
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    Meanwhile on Mercury:

    It's funny that Mercury is believed to be shrinking, because Neal Adams has been advocating for years now that planets actually grow.

    http://www.nealadams.com/morescience.html

    Huh, Neal seems to have implemented a pay-to-view barrier on his site since I last visited. That's unfortunate.