Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Great Ring Around Saturn Revealed

Utilizing the infrared Spitzer telescope, US scientists discovered a ring around Saturn that is downright mammoth. According to an NPR interviewee (didn't catch his name), if you held your pinkie finger up to the sky, this ring around Saturn would appear to be the width of your little finger, that is, if you could see the ring with the naked eye (it is only visible using infrared red light). For more info--

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8291905.stm

Discoveries like this intrigue me b/c they highlight just how little we know about our own solar system and just how much is left to be uncovered.  It is exciting, no?

OM [the sound of the universe] shanti.