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Old Jul 5th, 2016, 12:37 AM   #11
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They did it!

Now a 20-month science mission begins at Jupiter.

NASA has had some pretty amazing successes of late...


Juno arrives at Jupiter after five-year voyage
NASA's Juno deep-space probe arrived after a five-year journey capped by a dramatic engine maneuver. The space agency's Deep Space Network has confirmed that the unmanned spacecraft successfully initiated a 35-minute course correction burn at 8:18 pm EDT (Earth Receive Time) that placed it in orbit around the Solar System's largest planet for a 20-month science mission.

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Named after the Roman goddess and wife of Jupiter, Juno is the first solar-powered spacecraft sent into the outer Solar System, the second spacecraft to orbit Jupiter, and the first to orbit its poles. With its giant solar panels. Juno is about as big as a basketball court and it has a specially hardened titanium vault to protect its avionics from Jupiter's intense radiation belts.
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For those interested in following Juno's mission more closely, NASA has an App for that!

NASA's Eyes: Eyes on Juno
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Old Jul 6th, 2016, 11:09 AM   #12
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Old Jul 11th, 2016, 10:33 PM   #13
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Dwarf planet spotted at solar system's outer fringe


Astronomers have spotted a dwarf planet far beyond the orbit of Pluto, a rare find that marks the largest celestial object ever discovered by a Canadian-led team and one that could help to answer key questions about the origins and history of the outer solar system.

The frozen orb, designated 2015 RR245 until it gets an official name, is now located 65 times farther from the sun than Earth, or about twice Pluto’s current distance, but in its elliptical orbit it ventures well beyond that. A mere dot as seen with telescopes, the object measures about 700 kilometres across – a bit smaller than Northwestern Ontario – based on its relative brightness and distance.

That estimate puts it among the 20 largest worlds that have so far turned up beyond the orbit of Neptune, the outermost of the solar system’s giant planets, in a part of space known as the Kuiper Belt.
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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 05:24 AM   #14
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See the Milky Way move in this Cape Spear timelapse - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News
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Nice!!

Thanks… but not too much info as to why it was one of the only places… like none… or did they mean only with the fog rolling in as the stars pass by… ???
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Nice!!

Thanks… but not too much info as to why it was one of the only places… like none… or did they mean only with the fog rolling in as the stars pass by… ???
Not sure why he wrote "Smith says Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the only places where such a scene is possible." Maybe because Cape Spear is the furthest easterly point in North America. It sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean like a spear, and thus the name. There is little light pollution from St. John's out there, but there are places with little light pollution here in NS.
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Old Jul 14th, 2016, 12:54 PM   #17
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Jupiter shepherding the asteroid belt, preventing them falling in towards the inner planets

Video link because apparently you can't embed a .gifv file: http://i.imgur.com/oB90B4P.gifv

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Also check out this current Map of the Solar System. The red dots are bad dots.




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The plans to move Jupiter must be stopped!
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Well.... this certainly puts things into perspective.....

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Just put this on a loop and marvel at the technology....

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