November 13, 2008

Uh, Oh

Saturn Death Ray.jpg

Mysterious glowing aurora over Saturn confounds scientists

A stunning light display over Saturn has stumped scientists who say it behaves unlike any other planetary aurora known in our solar system.

The blueish-green glow was found over the ringed planet's north polar region just like Earth's northern lights.

It was discovered by the infrared instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

'We've never seen an aurora like this elsewhere,' said Tom Stallard, a scientist working with Cassini data at the University of Leicester.

'This aurora covers an enormous area across the pole. Our current ideas on what forms Saturn's aurora predict that this region should be empty, so finding such a bright aurora here is a fantastic surprise.'

The new infrared aurora appears in a region hidden from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Cassini observed it when the spacecraft flew near Saturn's polar region.

In infrared light, the aurora sometimes fills the region from around 82 degrees north all the way over the pole. This new aurora is also constantly changing, even disappearing within a 45 minute-period.

'There is something special and unforeseen about this planet's magnetosphere and the way it interacts with the solar wind and the planet's atmosphere,' Cassini scientist Nick Achilleos from the University College London said.

My God in Heaven! The Saturnians are powering up their interplanetary death ray......and this Administration does nothing!!!!

Posted by Robert at November 13, 2008 11:22 AM | TrackBack

Maybe it's just the Saturnians' way of celebrating the ascension of The One.

Or are they expecting unicorns too? I'm sure Dear Leader has an unlimited supply, but could this be the reason why ours haven't shown up yet, that He's too busy handing them out to other planets first?

Posted by: rbj at November 13, 2008 12:29 PM

Isn't Saturn due to become a second sun for this solar system? In 2010?

Posted by: Marvin at November 13, 2008 01:18 PM