Daily Archives: February 4, 2015

mindblowingscience:Gigantic ring system around J1407b much…

mindblowingscience:

Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s

Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, and the University of Rochester, USA, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn. The ring system – the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system – was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Rochester’s Eric Mamajek.

A new analysis of the data, led by Leiden’s Matthew Kenworthy, shows that the ring system consists of over 30 rings, each of them tens of millions of kilometers in diameter. Furthermore, they found gaps in the rings, which indicate that satellites (“exomoons”) may have formed. The result has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal.

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The Lord of The Rings has a registration number: J1407b.

In the celestial vaults over our heads, there is a new, young upsized Jupiter with rings to put Saturn to shame.

Imagine looking up and seeing something like this in the sky. Even Jupiter has no hopes of coming close.

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Just look at this:

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A new analysis of the data shows that the ring system consists of over 30 rings, each of them tens of millions of kilometers in diameter. Furthermore, they found gaps in the rings, which indicate that satellites (“exomoons”) may have formed.

The result has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal.” (Source: spaceplasma.tumblr.com)

Is there a link back to Middle-earth other than the (admittedly) staid title of “Lord of the Rings” every celestial object that has rings get saddled with anyway? Definitely. And it’s to do with more than just bling-obsession.

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ponderation: Sun Smoke by Ross Barringer It must be such a…

ponderation:

Sun Smoke by Ross Barringer

It must be such a wonder to all when the Sun first rose. But from the vantage of Thangorodrim. perhaps the perennial smog mitigated its brilliance somewhat.

“But as the host of Fingolfin marched into Mithrim the Sun rose flaming in the West; and Fingolfin unfurled his blue and silver banners, and blew his horns, and flowers sprang beneath his marching feet, and the ages of the stars were ended. At the uprising of the great light the servants of Morgoth fled into Angband, and Fingolfin passed unopposed through the fastness of Dor Daedeloth while his foes hid beneath the earth. Then the Elves smote upon the gates of Angband, and the challenge of their trumpets shook the towers of Thangorodrim; and Maedhros heard them amid his torment and cried aloud, but his voice was lost in the echoes of the stone.”

– Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: Of the Return of the Noldor

ponderation:
Sun Smoke by Ross Barringer

It must be such a…