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And now it's Jupiter's turn.





Pics from the Juno probe ...

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Infra red image of aurora at south pole

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"Juno probe returns close-up Jupiter pictures"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37259937

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my god !!!

...the sheer scale of that southern aurora is massive !

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The Philae lander has finally been spotted by the Rosetta comet probe!


Hello little fella ...

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"Philae: Lost comet lander is found"
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2017 also the year to watch Cassini probe (Saturn) ~ it's been operational out there for like, what ? 20 years or something? Well, now it's running low on fuel, and so it is supposed to go into polar orbit, diving repeatedly through the rings, before it finally skims just over 1,000 km above the planet's cloud tops (that's close!) and then, in September of next year takes its death-plunge into Saturn.
should be some spectacular never-before-seen pics, hopefully ~ and a compositional analysis of the rings...still, even with the Titan surface lander, no discovery of life. but it did discover, lakes, rivers, and rain ! (albeit liquid methane at temps averaging minus -290F (-179 centigrade)

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First ever close up of Saturn's North Pole,
and the beginning of Cassini's grande finale !

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Hubble telescope discovers planet orbiting 2 stars
Gas exoplanet and twin red dwarf stars found using light-bending microlensing technique

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September 22, 2016

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/technology/ ... -1.3774065

(In case anyone missed this previously, as I had !)

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New Horizons update

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Exactly two years ago we had just taken New Horizons out of cruise hibernation to begin preparations for the Pluto flyby. And exactly two years from now we will be on final approach to our next flyby, which will culminate with a very close approach to a small Kuiper Belt object called 2014MU69 – a billion miles farther out than Pluto – on Jan. 1, 2019. Just now, as 2016 ends, we are at the halfway point between those two milestones.

During this phase between flyby operations, all of the systems and scientific instruments aboard New Horizons are healthy. In October, we completed the 16-month-long transmission of all Pluto flyby data to Earth. Our science team is now steadily analyzing those data, making new discoveries and writing reports to research journals like Science, Nature, Icarus, the Journal of Geophysical Research and the Astronomical Journal. Almost 50 scientific papers reporting new results about Pluto and its system of moons were submitted this year!

Additionally, our science operations teams have made two major Pluto submissions to NASA’s archive of all planetary mission data, the Planetary Data System (PDS). Two final submissions to the PDS will be made in 2017, wrapping up the archiving of Pluto data for others in the scientific community. Those upcoming submissions will include better-calibrated datasets resulting from the intensive, post-Pluto flyby calibration campaign we conducted this summer using all seven payload instruments aboard New Horizons and a series of meta-products like maps and atmospheric profiles created from New Horizons data.

The year ahead will begin with observations of a half-dozen Kuiper Belt objects by our LORRI telescope/imager in January. Those observations, like the ones we made in 2016 of another half-dozen Kuiper Belt objects are designed to better understand the orbits, surface properties, shapes, satellite systems and frequency of rings around these objects. These observations can’t be done from any groundbased telescope, nor the Hubble Space Telescope, nor any other spacecraft – because all of those other resources are either too far away or only permit viewing from angles that are non-conducive to accomplish this science. So this work is something that only New Horizons can perform.

When New Horizons reaches planet 2014MU69 just under two years and two weeks from now, we’ll be setting another record for exploring the farthest world ever visited ~ over four-billion miles from Earth .....
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to me, this is a mindblowing image of Pluto. unfortunately not hi-def, since the only way I could grab it for keeps was with a screenshot, but it is still an eerie, chilling glimpse of a forsaken world.

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.....artist conception.....

Dawning of the age of Aquarius

 TRAPPIST-1, an 'ultra-cool dwarf star'
(referring to thermal designation) in the constellation Aquarius, which is only slightly larger than the planet Jupiter, has been found by astronomers to host seven planets, some of which lie in its star's habitable zone.  The system is situated a mere 39 light-years away,
close enough so that travel via diamagnetic-oscillation parapolar impulse (DOPI) hypervelocity could be undertaken by the next generation of NASA space craft,  and launched by 2040 ~  provided they defund the Mars mission and war-machine !

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Researchers are currently testing the James Webb Space Telescope which will be able to view these planets in the infrared, beyond the capabilities we currently have.

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"There may be life out there ...."

"Europa: Our best shot at finding alien life?"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38925601

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Far more exciting than any mission to Mars, I think, and potentially of deep symbolic/spiritual significance to this troubled, divided human race.

Just so long as no large black obelisks warn us off. :wink:

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is that a photo of me or smeagle from behind?!


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