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Suns and planets and moons, oh my! [20090318|13:49]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Our Sun is being quite boring at the moment. It was supposed to start coming out of solar minimum, during which there are very few sunspots and solar flares, about two years ago. But it hasn't. So, at the moment, seeing movies like this one of a very minor Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is quite exciting. Watch the left-hand side of the video (~5 seconds, no sound) to see its classic light-bulb shape.


Do you remember me telling you about the quadruple transit of Saturn's moons across the face of the planet a couple of weeks ago? The Hubble team released the images and movies from it yesterday.

L to R: Enceladus, Dione, Titan, Mimas

Click to go to the Hubble site.


This month's "What's up for March?" video from NASA focuses on Saturn, and by extension, Cassini. Click here to watch a three-minute video on the history of Saturn observations. Please reassure me that I'm not the only one who finds the Saturn-with-ears drawings, which Galileo made in the early 1600s, inordinately amusing.

[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2009-03-18 14:39 (UTC)
No, I find them also tres amusant !
I shall have to watch the video with sound when I get home.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-03-19 09:04 (UTC)
Ears! Flappy jug ears! Aww.
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