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    Some of these rings have been named. In order from those nearest the planet then proceeding outward, they are: Galle, Leverrier, Lassell, Arago, and Adams. In addition to dusty bands and rings, Webb's image captured the planet's 14 known moons: Galatea, Naiad, Thalassa, Despina, Proteus, Larissa, and Triton. In the zoomed-out image (below), Triton appears to be a spiky star. Triton, which is bigger than Pluto, appears brighter because it is covered in ice and the ice reflects light. At the top of the image, just out of view, is the planet's north pole. Its south pole, clearly visible, has about its vortex a continuous band of high-altitude clouds.Discovery and propertiesNeptune, the eighth planet, was discovered in 1846. Although imperceptible to the naked eye, astronomers were able to track down the ice giant with a telescope, guided by mathematic calculations related to observed disruptions in the orbit of Uranus. \u201cLet\u2019s zoom out and get the big picture! Some quick Neptune facts:\n\ud83d\udccd Far out - 30x farther from the Sun than Earth\n\ud83d\udd76\ufe0f Hello darkness my old friend - Neptune...
    Are you a fan of the 1995 film Waterworld starring Kevin Costner? Great news: There’s a distinct possibility that it’ll become a reality in the future if humanity can’t get its act together to prevent climate catastrophe! In a new paper published August 10 in the journal Nature, a team of Australian scientists found that sea levels could rise a staggering five meters by the year 2500 if we fail to meet the goals set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Specifically, the ice melt would come from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS), one of two massive ice sheets on the southernmost continent that scientists have ominously dubbed a “sleeping giant” due to its potential to wreak havoc on sea level rise. The Paris Agreement’s goal is to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius or below (ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius). If it rises any higher, things could get very dicey, very quickly. “This means the fate of the world’s largest ice sheet very much remains in our hands.”— Nerilie Abram, Australia National University “The EAIS is 10 times...
    NASA has been urged to launch the first mission to giant Uranus, in a report by the National Academy of Sciences, outlining space priorities for the next decade. Known as the Committee on the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey, it designates a Uranus Orbiter and Probe as the highest-priority flagship mission.  Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun, orbiting the star every 83 Earth years, is an 'ice giant' with 17 known moons and a minimum temperature of -371F. The only spacecraft to visit was NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986.  The astronomers and planetary scientists behind the decadal report also called for NASA to visit Saturn's frozen moon Enceladus and look for signs of life. Every ten years, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine gathers a group of space experts and asks them to reach a consensus on how NASA should apply its budget in the field of planetary science and defense.  The latest report covers the years 2023 to 2032 and also includes plans already underway, such as bringing rocks back from Mars and 'doing...
    In this article .DSRPT ETSY Executives of Etsy applaud as they open the Nasdaq MarketSite ahead of Etsy's initial public offering in New York, April 16, 2015.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesIn this weekly series, CNBC takes a look at companies that made the inaugural Disruptor 50 list, 10 years later. In 2005, Chris Maguire, Jared Tarbell, Rob Kalin and Haim Schoppik were sick of building websites for clients and wanted to build something of their own. Eventually they made a website for an online community called GetCrafty.com.  "It was mostly women who were crafting and sharing their tips and how to make things. And we thought it was really fun" says Chris Maguire, co-founder of Etsy and current shareholder. "They kept saying on the [GetCrafty] forums at the time, 'I wish there was a place to sell things that I made, like eBay's too expensive and unwieldy. And there's not really a whole lot out there that, you know, caters to just us,'" he recalls. That was what led Maguire and his co-founders to say, "We could...
    Images of Pluto captured by NASA's New Horizons mission have revealed a new surprise: ice volcanoes.The spacecraft performed a flyby of the dwarf planet and its moons in July 2015, and the insights gathered then are still rewriting nearly everything scientists understand about Pluto.Pluto was relegated to dwarf planet status in 2006 when the International Astronomical Union created a new definition for planets, and Pluto didn't fit the criteria.The dwarf planet exists on the edge of our solar system in the Kuiper Belt, and it's the larger of the many frozen objects there orbiting far from the sun. The icy world, which has an average temperature of negative 387 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 232 degrees Celsius), is home to mountains, valleys, glaciers, plains and craters. If you were to stand on the surface, you would see blue skies with red snow.A new photo analysis showed a bumpy region on Pluto that doesn't look like any other part of the small world -- or the rest of our cosmic neighborhood. Pluto's icy volcanic region can be seen in this image taken by...
    (CNN)More than 12,000 years ago, South America was teeming with an astonishing array of ice age beasts -- giant ground sloths the size of a car, elephantine herbivores and a deerlike animal with an elongated snout. These extinct giants are among many animals immortalized in an 8-mile-long (13-kilometer-long) frieze of rock paintings at Serranía de la Lindosa in the Colombian Amazon rainforest -- art created by some of the earliest humans to live in the region, according to a new study. "(The paintings) have the whole diversity of Amazonia. Turtles and fishes to jaguars, monkeys and porcupines," said study author Jose Iriarte, a professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Iriate calls the frieze, which likely would have been painted over centuries, if not millennia, "the last journey," as he said it represents the arrival of humans in South America -- the last region to be colonized by Homo sapiens as they spread around the world from Africa, their place of origin. These pioneers from the north would have faced unknown animals...
    Gardens of giant sponges have been found thriving on extinct volcanic peaks in the depths of the ice-covered Arctic waters — despite the lack of light and food. These surprisingly rich and densely populated marine ecosystems were found by researchers led from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany. The sponge gardens are located on 'seamounts' along the Langseth Ridge, a submarine mountain range in the high Central Arctic, close to the North Pole. Nutrients are scarce in this dark domain, as the low light levels in the waters above the gardens limit the productivity of photosynthetic algae. In fact, activity in the waters over the study area could only supply less than one per cent of the sponge's carbon needs, according to the researchers.  However, surveys using towed camera platforms showed that the biomass of the sponges was comparable to those living in shallow, nutrient-rich waters.  The researchers suggest the gardens are able to grow because the sponges feed on the fossil remnants of animals that lived along the ridge thousands of years ago. Gardens of giant sponges (pictured) have been...
    Uranus is called ‘the weirdest planet' in the Solar System due its sideway rotation and not having a true surface, but a new discovery adds even more mystery to the strange ice giant. Astronomers detected X-rays coming from Uranus for the first time that is mostly reflections from the sun, but some of the signal is being emitted from the planet itself. The team suggest the rings surrounding the planet are producing the X-rays, similar to that of Saturn, or could come from auroras as they do on Jupiter. Determining the sources of the X-rays from Uranus could help astronomers better understand how more exotic objects in space, such as growing black holes and neutron stars, emit X-rays. Scroll down for video  Astronomers detected X-rays coming from Uranus for the first time that is mostly reflections from the sun, but some of the signal is being emitted from the planet itself X-ray emissions in our Solar System are a common observation. The light has been detected from comets, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, and several of Jupiter's moons,...
    A GIANT iceberg the size of London has broken off from Antarctica near a UK research site. The 470-square mile ice block snapped from the Brunt Ice Shelf on Friday, perilously near the Halley Research Station. 2A survey plane shows the giant iceberg breaking away from AntarcticaCredit: AP:Associated Press 2The 470-square mile ice block snapped away from the Brunt Ice Shelf on Friday, perilously near the Halley Research Station (pictured)Credit: British Antarctic Survey The station is empty and has been operating in a reduced role since 2017 over the fears of an incident like this taking place. Most staff left the British Antarctic Survey base, departing just days after Nasa revealed aerial photos showing an enormous rift in the ice shelf. Researchers will now monitor the giant berg’s progress because of the risk it could pose in the future to shipping. Professor Adrian Luckman, from Swansea University, told the BBC: “Although the breaking off of large parts of Antarctic ice shelves is an entirely normal part of how they work, large calving events such as the one detected at the...
    Uranus is going to be on view for the world to see tonight. NASA reports the ice giant will be on view January 20 a few hours after sundown.  The seventh planet from the Sun shines at the edge of naked-eye visibility, especially in areas with light pollution, so it's notoriously hard to view. But stargazers with a telescope or binoculars should be able to spot it hanging in the night sky between the moon and Mars. Scroll down for video Uranus will be visible from Earth as a faint bluish disk between the Moon and Mars after sundown on January 2020 'That evening, find the crescent Moon and the Red Planet in the couple of hours after it gets dark,' advises NASA's What's Up skywatching guide.  Mars will stand out in the night sky with an orange, reddish tint near the moon, reports Axel Diaz, a Solar System Ambassador for NASA.    RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Is Uranus leaking into space? Data hidden in the Voyager 2... Planet between Saturn and Uranus was 'kicked...
    Author Jack Guy, CNNThousands Rock Art Pictures Depictions of giant ice age creatures such as mastodons have been revealed by researchers Amazon rainforests.Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK have reported that the paintings may have been made about 11,800-12,600 years ago. The paintings are set in three different rock camps, the largest of which is called Zero Azul, which has 12 panels and thousands of unique drawings. Located in Serenia la Lindosa in modern Colombia, this rock art shows how the early humans of the region were associated with the Ice Age megabouna, with giant laziness, mastodons, camels, horses and three-toed trunks attached. “These are truly incredible images, made by the early people who lived in western Amazonia,” said Mark Robinson, an archaeologist at the University of Exeter. “The paintings give a clear and wonderful look The life of these communities. It is unbelievable to us today to think that they hunted and hunted giant plants that were the size of a small car. “ Other images show human figures, geometric shapes and hunting scenes, as well...
    (CNN)Researchers are hoping to unravel the mystery around one of the rarest sharks in the sea -- the megamouth.As it's nickname suggests the magamouth, Megachasma pelagios, is known for having a large mouth on a rounded head and they are thought to grow as long as 17 feet, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. There has only been around 70 confirmed sightings of the elusive shark in the world, according to the museum.JUST WATCHEDTake a look at the rare megamouth sharkReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHTake a look at the rare megamouth shark 00:45Now, a megamouth that was captured by fishers off the coast of Taiwan in 2018 is sitting on a gigantic block of ice at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Support Center. The Smithsonian released the news on Tuesday through an article in their magazine. "When it comes to sharks, they're probably one of the most unique and weird-looking species," Paul Clerkin, a graduate researcher at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, said in the article. "Their mouth just keeps opening and their upper jaw closes...
    Exotic weather on Jupiter is caused by slushy 'mushballs' made of water and ammonia that trigger huge storms on the gas giant, studies have revealed. Ammonia — a key ingredient in fertiliser — acts like an anti-freeze when it mixes with ice crystals, causing them to melt and in turn trigger vast storms. Images from NASA's Juno mission have revealed large, rotating white clouds of ammonia covering more than 2,000 square miles of the planet's upper atmosphere. These spinning banks hang up to some 10 miles above Jupiter's other clouds and cast vast shadows, as well as causing lighting flashes.  Exotic weather on Jupiter is caused by slushy 'mushballs' made of water and ammonia that trigger huge storms on the gas giant, pictured, studies have revealed According to the team, the mushball phenomenon is unique to Jupiter's atmosphere. 'On Jupiter as on Earth, a mixture of two thirds water water and one third ammonia will remain liquid down to a temperature of -100°C [-148°F],' said paper author and planetary scientist Tristan Guillot of the Côte d'Azur University in Nice, France....
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