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crookedindifference: Solar System

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crookedindifference: “ Solar System ” (Photoset: crookedindifference: Solar System http://t.co/x7ZugkfMCv)
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Wow! Monster Hurricane on Saturn Spied by NASA Spacecraft

Wow! Monster Hurricane on Saturn Spied by NASA Spacecraft | planets | Scoop.it
The storm's eye spans a whopping 1,250 miles. (RT @flameknight94: http://t.co/xdkMp9G6fS Wow!
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Neptune has a Giant Blue Spot, just like Jupiter has a Giant Red Spot

Neptune has a Giant Blue Spot, just like Jupiter has a Giant Red Spot | planets | Scoop.it

This is how Neptune's Great Dark Spot and rings may have looked in 1989 from a position just beneath Neptune's ring plane. The outermost Adams ring is near the top of the frame, and beneath that is the much broader and diffuse Lassell ring. Further in toward Neptune and abutting the Lassell ring is the thin LeVerrier ring, and beyond that is the diffuse Galle ring.

The Great Dark Spot is believed to be a storm similar to, but only half the size of, Jupiter's Great Red Spot. While Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been raging for at least 400 years, subsequent observations of Neptune's Great Dark Spot in 1994 by the Hubble Space Telescope revealed that this storm has since disappeared.

 

The Great Dark Spot was a very dynamic weather system, generating massive, white clouds similar to high-altitude cirrus clouds on Earth. Unlike cirrus clouds on Earth however, which are composed of crystals of water ice, Neptune's cirrus clouds are made up of crystals of frozen methane. Neptune's clouds are driven by winds of 1,200 mph, the fastest winds of any planet in the Solar System. How such high-velocity winds come to be on a planet so far from the Sun is still a mystery.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Solar Empire - Alien Neighbors Full Episode

After the walk on our own moon, we began exploring new worlds by remote control, using more and more advanced spacecraft. Among the most successful missions ...
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Start watching mid-May for great Jupiter-Venus conjunction later in month | EarthSky.org

Start watching mid-May for great Jupiter-Venus conjunction later in month | EarthSky.org | planets | Scoop.it
Jupiter and Venus line up with the moon in the western sky after sunset on May 13, 2013. Start watching these planets now. They have an awesome conjunction ahead! (RT @r3port3r: Jupiter & Venus line up w/moon after sunset.
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How 3,500 of us want a one-way trip to Mars and be filmed on a 'space-age reality TV programme'

How 3,500 of us want a one-way trip to Mars and be filmed on a 'space-age reality TV programme' | planets | Scoop.it
Mars One, the Dutch company behind the project, says energy will come from solar panels and food will be grown on the planet.
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