April 16, 2015

Some Space News

The New Horizons probe is fast approaching Pluto, an astronomer has identified 50 objects that could well be Dyson spheres and the first color photos from Ceres seem to indicate that the dwarf planet has been, at least at one time tectonically active, though the mystery of the bright, shiny spots is still unsolved. 

We've asked one of our Crack Team of Science Babes to comment on these developments. 

"Wait...What was that middle thing again? 'Cause it sounded like there was somethin' crazy in there."

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The first pictures of Pluto and Charon were really rather disappointing. I eagerly clicked the link, and all I got was a couple of blurry spots.

I suppose it was inevitable, and of course they'll get better as it gets closer, but right now those pictures are little better than ones shot by telescopes.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Apr 16 17:39:48 2015 (+rSRq)

2 "We can't find alien life.  It must be dyson spheres."


Posted by: Wonderduck at Thu Apr 16 21:56:39 2015 (jGQR+)

3 Did someone say Dyson sphere?

Posted by: Siergen at Fri Apr 17 17:29:04 2015 (Cvfrl)

4 I checked on the New Horizons schedule.
Those photos were taken on April 9, 71 million miles from Pluto.  By May 5, New Horizons will have a better view of Pluto than the Hubble telescope.  Closest approach will be on July 14, at just 6200 miles.  So we'll get much better pictures over the next three months.

The one limitation is that New Horizons is moving at 30,000 mph, so that close approach will be very brief.  Well, that and radio signals take 11 hours to make a round trip, so we can't control the approach in anything like real time.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Fri Apr 17 20:28:12 2015 (2yngH)

5 For some people, that's "control in real time".  

I often find myself driving behind these people.

Posted by: Mikeski at Fri Apr 17 21:37:56 2015 (aLP9q)

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