Mysterious Objects Punching Holes In Weird Saturn Ring

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    Apr 30, 2012 5:33 AM GMT
    Things that make you go hmmm...

    http://www.space.com/15412-saturn-ring-mystery-objects.html

    Mysterious objects appear to be doing some damage to Saturn's "weirdest ring," scientists say.

    The discovery comes from detailed photos taken of the Saturn system by NASA's Cassini orbiter. In these images, researchers spotted strange objects about a half-mile (kilometer) wide tearing through Saturn's F ring, the thin outermost discrete ring around the planet.

    As they pass through the ring, these interlopers drag glittering ice particles out with them, creating visible trails of debris scientists are calling "mini jets."

    "I think the F ring is Saturn's weirdest ring, and these latest Cassini results go to show how the F ring is even more dynamic than we ever thought," Carl Murray, a Cassini imaging team member based at London's Queen Mary University, said in a statement. "These findings show us that the F ring region is like a bustling zoo of objects from a half mile in size to moons like Prometheus a hundred miles in size, creating a spectacular show."
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    Apr 30, 2012 7:15 AM GMT
    I guess this totally disproves the 2012 bullshit. The kilometer-wide object that's gonna hit the earth has just recently hit Saturn's ring, so it's a few years late. I wonder if it'll get slapped for late fees when it finally enters earth's atmosphere in a few more years.
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:47 AM GMT
    totally the vulcans
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    Apr 30, 2012 11:06 AM GMT
    inb4 the obligatory "no, but I can punch holes in the ring of Uranus" joke.
  • Little_Spoon

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    Apr 30, 2012 11:07 AM GMT
    iamrawr saidtotally the vulcans


    Better get my warp drive ready...
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 30, 2012 11:26 AM GMT
    It`s that damn monolith`s big brother from'2001'.
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:14 PM GMT
    Thats just awesome
  • kew1

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    May 01, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    Lincsbear saidIt`s that damn monolith`s big brother from'2001'.


    Can't be, that's in orbit around Jupiter 2010 Space Odysseyicon_smile.gif
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    May 01, 2012 1:42 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidinb4 the obligatory "no, but I can punch holes in the ring of Uranus" joke.
    If Uranus has rings, you need to wash better.
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    May 01, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    The title of this thread reminded me of this song...

  • MikemikeMike

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    May 01, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    It's a space dick-popping Saturn's cherryicon_lol.gif
  • Lincsbear

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    May 01, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    kew1, it`s saturn in the novel!
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    May 01, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    I got completely distracted from the article by that ad for the awesome Star Trek Enterprise pizza cutter:

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    May 02, 2012 7:40 AM GMT
    Huge... but can't catch me in hyperspace. icon_lol.gif
  • Art2D2x

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    May 02, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    The Cylons are preparing for attack.