Political Wrinkles  

Go Back   Political Wrinkles > General Discussion > Science, Inventions & Space
Register FAQDonate PW Store PW Trivia Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Science, Inventions & Space Discuss Auroras Seen on Uranus For First Time at the General Discussion; CAUTION! Carelessly quoting this headline in Church, at a cocktail party, a baby shower, or at work may lead to ...

Share LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 04-15-2012, 06:39 AM
Oftencold's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Gender: Male
Posts: 16,681
Thanks: 9,837
Thanked 8,044 Times in 5,232 Posts
Default Auroras Seen on Uranus For First Time

Carelessly quoting this headline in Church, at a cocktail party, a baby shower, or at work may lead to a lifetime of humiliating embarrassment!

Carelessly quoting this headline in certain types of drinking establishments and correctional institutions may lead to entrapment as the submissive partner in a very bad personal relationship!

Auroras Seen on Uranus For First Time

Thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have caught a rare display of auroras on Uranus, which ranks among the solar system's oddest planets.

Unlike the beautiful, rippling curtains of greenish light we've been seeing in earthly skies over the past few months, the Uranian auroras are short-lived bright spots sitting on top of the ice giant's bluish cloud tops. But they're caused by a similar mechanism, involving the interaction of electrically charged particles with atoms and ions in the planet's upper atmosphere.

NASA's Voyager 2 probe picked up the first evidence of Uranus' auroras in 1986. "Since then, we've had no opportunities to get new observations of this very unusual magnetosphere," Laurent Lamy, an astronomer at the Observatoire de Paris, said today in a news release. There have been a few hints of auroral observations, but Hubble's views from last November rank as the best views yet. Lamy and his colleagues provide the details in a paper published by Geophysical Research Letters.

The team took advantage of a lucky break and a favorable planetary alignment: Last year, Earth, Jupiter and Uranus were lined up so that energetic solar emissions could flow past each planet in turn. When the sun produced several outbursts in September, the astronomers timed the flow of the particle storm past Earth a couple of days later, and then detected the flow past Jupiter two weeks after that. On the basis of those readings, they calculated that the outburst would reach Uranus in mid-November, and scrambled to schedule observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope.
“Quod scripsi, scripsi"


“Serpent's breath, charm of death and life, thy omen of making!”
Or if you're a traditionalist,
“Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha!”
And children, say it like you mean it!


Last edited by Oftencold; 04-15-2012 at 06:49 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 04-15-2012, 12:47 PM
saltwn's Avatar
PW Enlightenment
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: in the natural state
Posts: 53,485
Thanks: 39,249
Thanked 20,127 Times in 13,950 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to saltwn
Default Re: Auroras Seen on Uranus For First Time

I think a little Calamine Lotion will fix that , OC.
Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to saltwn For This Useful Post:

auroras, first, for, seen, time, uranus

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:06 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0