Monday, August 10, 2009

The Eldritch Gods Strike Again: 3 Planets So Far

Can you see the signs?

...When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky ... [The Call of Cthulhu, HP Lovecraft]


First Jupiter gets a black eye, then Venus flares white, and now Saturn's rings are whacked. Coming to a planet near you?


An unknown object appears to have punched through one of Saturn's rings and left a calling card in the form of trailing debris. NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped the image on June 11, 2009 during its ongoing tour of Saturn and its moons.

Phil Plait of Discover's Bad Astronomy likens the event to the "fist of an angry god" messing up Saturn's F ring. He also raises the question of whether mystery object X has a truly bizarre orbit around the planet which takes it up and down through the rings, or whether it's a wayward wanderer that was pulled in on collision course due to one of Saturn's moons.


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