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Giant Propellers Discovered In Saturn's Rings
By Denise Chow
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posted: 08 July 2010
03:43 pm ET
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Giant propeller-shaped structures have been discovered in the rings of Saturn and appear to be created by a new class of hidden moons, NASA announced Thursday.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spotted the distinctive structures inside some of Saturn's rings, marking the first time scientists have managed to track the orbits of individual objects from within a debris disk like the one that makes up Saturn's complicated ring system.

"Observing the motions of these disk-embedded objects provides a rare opportunity to gauge how the planets grew from, and interacted with, the disk of material surrounding the early sun," said the study's co-author Carolyn Porco, one of the lead researchers on the Cassini imaging team based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. "It allows us a glimpse into how the solar system ended up looking the way it does."

Photos of the propellers taken by Cassini show them to be huge structures several thousands of miles long. By understanding how they form, astronomers hope to glean insight into the debris disks around other stars as well, researchers said.

The results of the study are detailed in the July 8 issue of the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Propellers at Saturn

Cassini scientists have seen double-armed propeller structures in Saturn's rings before, but on a smaller scale than the larger, newfound features. They were first spotted in 2006 in an area now known as the "propeller belt," which is located in the middle of Saturn's outermost dense ring – the A ring.

The propellers are actually gaps in the ring material were created by a new class of objects, called moonlets, that are smaller than known moons but larger than the particles making up Saturn's rings. It is estimated that these moonlets could number in the millions, according to Cassini scientists.

The moonlets clear the space immediately around them to generate the propeller-like features, but are not large enough to sweep clear their entire orbit around Saturn, as seen with the moons Pan and Daphnis. [Photos of Saturn rings and moons.]

But in the new study, researchers a new legion of larger and rarer moons in a separate part of the A ring, farther out from Saturn. These much larger moons create propellers that are hundreds of times larger than those previously described, and these objects have been tracked for about four years.

The study was led by Cassini imaging team associate Matthew Tiscareno at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The propeller features for these larger moons are up to thousands of miles long and several miles wide. The moons embedded in Saturn's rings appear to kick up ring material as high as 1,600 feet (0.5 km) above and below the ring plane.

This is much greater than the typical ring thickness of about 30 feet (10 meters), researchers said.
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A propeller-shaped structure created by an unseen moon is brightly
illuminated on the sunlit side of Saturn's rings in this image obtained
by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The image was released on July 8, 2010. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI Full Story




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I was going to skip this thread title as a joke, until I saw that SickScent posted it... wtf

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I was going to skip this thread title as a joke, until I saw that SickScent posted it... wtf

Thanks SS, great job as usual! hf
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Other pix of them...

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Giant propeller-shaped structures have been discovered in the rings of Saturn and appear to be created by a new class of hidden moon



Ah, yes... those propeller-shaped moons. Right up there with the giant building-shaped rocks.
Well it seems so real I can see it
And it seems so real I can feel it
And it seems so real I can taste it
And it seems so real I can hear it
So why can't I touch it?
So why can't I touch it?


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Photos of the propellers taken by Cassini show them to be huge structures several thousands of miles long. By understanding how they form, astronomers hope to glean insight into the debris disks around other stars as well, researchers said.

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So Saturn is classed as a star by these guys then...............
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Photos of the propellers taken by Cassini show them to be huge structures several thousands of miles long. By understanding how they form, astronomers hope to glean insight into the debris disks around other stars as well, researchers said.




So Saturn is classed as a star by these guys then...............
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heheheh...We are beginning to see the release of information that has been kept from us for a long time...
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that is fucking amazing, nice find op
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that is fucking amazing, nice find op
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Photos of the propellers taken by Cassini show them to be huge structures several thousands of miles long. By understanding how they form, astronomers hope to glean insight into the debris disks around other stars as well, researchers said.




So Saturn is classed as a star by these guys then...............
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chuckle I didn't catch that. Who knew? No wonder it's so fucking hot nowadays.
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Photos of the propellers taken by Cassini show them to be huge structures several thousands of miles long. By understanding how they form, astronomers hope to glean insight into the debris disks around other stars as well, researchers said.




So Saturn is classed as a star by these guys then...............

chuckle I didn't catch that. Who knew? No wonder it's so fucking hot nowadays.
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Viewed from Earth, Saturn's rings look like a flat, stable and pristine halo around the planet, but Cassini's observations showed that this was anything but the case.

With Cassini the rings "went from like a very beautiful cardboard cutout ... to a real 3D structure," said Jeff Cuzzi, Cassini's interdisciplinary scientist for rings and dust based at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. And that 3D structure was "one that is also very fluid, very variable, you know, changing as we watch it," he added.....


.....Cassini also revealed that Saturn's rings are a rough and tumble place, with perturbations to their structures caused by mysterious rocketing objects, the pull of moons and their own internal dynamics.

Cuzzi says that "maybe the most dramatic" perturbation is the one that occurs in the F ring — a system of narrow strands that that lies outside of the main rings.

Cassini found that kilometer-sized objects "go ricocheting back-and-forth across the F ring," Cuzzi said. Cassini first detected one of these objects just faintly, but when it saw the object again, outside of the ring, it had a long, comet-like tail. The next viewing of it was inside the ring, where the tail got even longer before the whole thing vanished completely, likely because the debris became hard to distinguish from the background of the ring.

Scientists noticed that the object created a "spike" in the F ring, and were able to see dozens upon dozens more of these signatures, suggesting that "there must be dozens or hundreds of these things all doing the same thing, rocketing back and forth" through the ring. But just what these object are and how they get flung around so violently is still a mystery......


.....Cassini also probed Saturn's magnetosphere —the shield that forms around planets when solar winds interact with the planet's magnetic field.

Before Cassini's mission, it was thought that Saturn's magnetosphere would be dominated by nitrogen shed from the moon Titan. But the spacecraft's observations showed that it is dominated by water, part of which comes from water vapor plumes that shoot out of geysers on the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

"The big news is that Saturn's space environment is swimming in water," said Tamas Gombosi, a Cassini scientist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor......
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Viewed from Earth, Saturn's rings look like a flat, stable and pristine halo around the planet, but Cassini's observations showed that this was anything but the case.

With Cassini the rings "went from like a very beautiful cardboard cutout ... to a real 3D structure," said Jeff Cuzzi, Cassini's interdisciplinary scientist for rings and dust based at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. And that 3D structure was "one that is also very fluid, very variable, you know, changing as we watch it," he added.....


.....Cassini also revealed that Saturn's rings are a rough and tumble place, with perturbations to their structures caused by mysterious rocketing objects, the pull of moons and their own internal dynamics.

Cuzzi says that "maybe the most dramatic" perturbation is the one that occurs in the F ring — a system of narrow strands that that lies outside of the main rings.

Cassini found that kilometer-sized objects "go ricocheting back-and-forth across the F ring," Cuzzi said. Cassini first detected one of these objects just faintly, but when it saw the object again, outside of the ring, it had a long, comet-like tail. The next viewing of it was inside the ring, where the tail got even longer before the whole thing vanished completely, likely because the debris became hard to distinguish from the background of the ring.

Scientists noticed that the object created a "spike" in the F ring, and were able to see dozens upon dozens more of these signatures, suggesting that "there must be dozens or hundreds of these things all doing the same thing, rocketing back and forth" through the ring. But just what these object are and how they get flung around so violently is still a mystery......



.....Cassini also probed Saturn's magnetosphere —the shield that forms around planets when solar winds interact with the planet's magnetic field.

Before Cassini's mission, it was thought that Saturn's magnetosphere would be dominated by nitrogen shed from the moon Titan. But the spacecraft's observations showed that it is dominated by water, part of which comes from water vapor plumes that shoot out of geysers on the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

"The big news is that Saturn's space environment is swimming in water," said Tamas Gombosi, a Cassini scientist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor......
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"Cuzzi says that "maybe the most dramatic" perturbation is the one that occurs in the F ring — a system of narrow strands that that lies outside of the main rings.

Cassini found that kilometer-sized objects "go ricocheting back-and-forth across the F ring," Cuzzi said. Cassini first detected one of these objects just faintly, but when it saw the object again, outside of the ring, it had a long, comet-like tail. The next viewing of it was inside the ring, where the tail got even longer before the whole thing vanished completely, likely because the debris became hard to distinguish from the background of the ring.

Scientists noticed that the object created a "spike" in the F ring, and were able to see dozens upon dozens more of these signatures, suggesting that "there must be dozens or hundreds of these things all doing the same thing, rocketing back and forth" through the ring. But just what these object are and how they get flung around so violently is still a mystery......
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...maybe not so much of a mystery...electricity and magnetics...Cassini also probed Saturn's magnetosphere —the shield that forms around planets when solar winds interact with the planet's magnetic field.
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Giant propellers? So that's how Saturn got there...

Yo SickScent..revelatory as always! thumbs
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Giant propellers? So that's how Saturn got there...

Yo SickScent..revelatory as always! thumbs
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is there a image of these propellers where the blades are at right angles to the ring ?

if not they cannot be called propellers as a propeller spins on a axis, these do not look like they spin to me.
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Ah, yes... those propeller-shaped moons. Right up there with the giant building-shaped rocks.
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so they ignited Saturn by mistake??? I can't believe I'm first with this!! rockon
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Photos of the propellers taken by Cassini show them to be huge structures several thousands of miles long. By understanding how they form, astronomers hope to glean insight into the debris disks around other stars as well, researchers said.




So Saturn is classed as a star by these guys then...............


heheheh...We are beginning to see the release of information that has been kept from us for a long time...
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spock There s more crazy secret my friends
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