On July 19, 2013, the cameras on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this rare look at Earth and its moon from Saturn’s orbit. This is the second time that Cassini has imaged Earth from within Saturn’s shadow, and only the third time ever that our planet has been imaged from the outer solar system.
Earth is the blue point of light on the left. I inserted the pale blue arrow and the word “Earth”.
The moon is fainter, white, and on the right. Both are seen here through the faint, diffuse E ring of Saturn.
It took Cassini seven years to reach Saturn — the 6th planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in our solar system, after Jupiter. A gas planet, Saturn’s average radius is about 9 times that of Earth.
Here’s a stunning image of Saturn and its rings (click to enlarge!):
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.
Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
How good to celebrate our God in song;
how sweet to give fitting praise.
The Lord . . . heals the brokenhearted,
binds up their wounds,
Numbers all the stars,
calls each of them by name.
This video is 1½ hours long, but is well worth it.
I recommend you watch it in Full Screen mode!
National Geographic presents the first accurate non-stop voyage from Earth to the edge of the Universe using a single, unbroken shot through the use of spectacular CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) technology. Building on images taken from the Hubble telescope, Journey to the Edge of the Universe explores the science and history behind the distant celestial bodies in the solar system.
This spectacular, epic voyage across the cosmos, takes us from the Earth, past the Moon and our neighboring planets, out of our Solar System, to the nearest stars, nebulae and galaxies and beyond – right to the edge of the Universe itself.
Using one single, unbroken shot, Journey to the Edge of the Universe explores what we would find if we were able to travel the entire length of our universe. Venturing past Neil Armstrong’s footsteps still sealed on the moon, you’ll soar over brightly illuminated Venus onto Mercury, a small planet made almost entirely of iron that may perhaps be the left-over remnant of a much larger planet. Mars is a planet of extremes: with tornadoes, volcanoes and canyons unlike anything seen on Earth. Jupiter‘s ever-present red storm is three times the size of Earth and has lasted for hundreds of years. Reaching the Saturn moon Titan, we find a landscape closely resembling Earth, but Titan’s rivers, lakes and oceans are not made of water, but of liquid methane. Could life exist here?
Traveling more than 60 trillion miles from Earth, we next step inside the Epsilon Eridani star system where spectacular rings of dust and ice resemble the formation of our own solar system 4.5 billion years ago. Even further out is star Gliese 581, about the same age as our sun with a planet that is just the right distance to possibly support life. Passing by the Pillars of Creation, viewers can see deep inside these clouds where huge stars are being born, bringing light and perhaps even life to the universe.
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Tagged Epsilon Eridani star system, Gliese 581, Hubble telescope, Mars, mercury, Moon, National Geographic, Pillars of Creation, Psalm 147, Saturn, Titan, Venus
Michelle Mathis Wants $500 Billion For Towed Car In Ohio
Here’s the plan: We go to court for our towed car and we demand… $500 BILLION!
Michelle Mathis is no Dr. Evil, but she is hell-bent on compensation for her car, which was towed in Ohio while she was in the hospital and apparently never returned, according to TheNewspaper.com.
Mathis is demanding a whopping total of $520 billion in damages from the Columbus Department of Public Safety‘s Impound Unit, according to court documents obtained by the blog.
The hubbub began in January, when Mathis got into a car accident and went to the hospital. She was in the hospital until February, and her car was towed in the process. When she asked the impound unit about her 2002 Saturn, officials wouldn’t give her any information, she alleged.
Now she thinks that the impound unit got rid of her car, and that it was thrown away because impounders simply didn’t like her.
“It is Plaintiff’s belief that Defendant has since disposed of
her vehicle,” federal magistrate Judge Elizabeth Deavers said in the document dated June 4
(Now Pay Attention, Umm this might help explain things. LOL)
“Plaintiff further believes that Defendant has acted intentionally, because of her past experiences with the Impound Unit.”
Naturally, the judge thinks the $500 billion number is a little steep and wants the claim dismissed. She says that Mathis didn’t even ask about why her car was towed — she just wanted the money.
“In this case, the undersigned finds that Plaintiff fails to state a facially plausible federal
claim,” she said. “Plaintiff first attempts to a bring claim under the Fourth Amendment for unlawful seizure. From the facts Plaintiff pleads, however, it appears that the seizure of her vehicle was proper.”
The outcome of the hearing is not yet clear.
I for one think it is a reasonable amount. Damn car impounds.
Now tell me that you believe all this came from nothing….
Posted in God, God's creation, Inspirational
Tagged biggest star in universe, Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Moon, Neptune, Saturn, Solar System, Sun
Helene (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute photo)
On June 18, 2011, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its second-closest encounter with Saturn’s small moon, the icy Helene.
Saturn and its principal moons, the largest one being Titan.
With an average radius about 9 times larger than the Earth’s, Saturn is the 6th planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturn, equated to the Greek Cronus (the Titan father of Zeus), the Babylonian Ninurta and the Hindu Shani.
Saturn has 9 rings, consisting mostly of ice particles with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust. 62 known moons orbit the planet, not counting hundreds of “moonlets” within the rings.
Helene is a small moon of Saturn, discovered in 1980 from ground-based observations at Pic du Midi Observatory. In 1988 it was officially named after Helen of Troy, who was the granddaughter of Cronus (Saturn) in Greek mythology.
Helene is tiny, with a mean radius of only 10.94 miles (17.6 km)!
H/t beloved fellow Igor.