NASA’s Cassini snaps baby picture of Peggy, Saturn’s newest moon

Astronomers say a bright blob at the edge of Saturn’s rings may be evidence that a new moon is forming. (NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute)

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Author: Timbuk3

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5 thoughts on “NASA’s Cassini snaps baby picture of Peggy, Saturn’s newest moon”

  1. Not a direct comment on the OP — but you know I don’t like making front page posts. It’s about Science/Space — though.

    I just read an article about this:

    “The amazing discoveries from NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting space telescope keep rolling in. The latest, announced this week by astronomers, is the discovery of a planet just 10% larger than the Earth orbiting in the so-called “habitable zone” of the star Kepler-186…”

    I had clicked off another page with a different heading and didn’t pay attention to the CNN headline for it or the editor’s note until after I read it.

    Is it just me or is putting this under the heading of opinion already a little weird — with the editor’s note distancing CNN from the “opinion” making it even crazier? Sure — there’s speculation in it — but it’s a discussion about real observations and possibilities.

    If CNN has either gone full religious nut or is so afraid of them that it treats scientific discussions as “opinion pieces” — they need to shut down — or merge with some Christian channel and stop pretending to be a news channel.

    Are they losing their minds or is my irritation with this reason to suspect I’m rapidly losing mine???

    Anyway — I don’t really keep up with this kind of news — so I was fascinated.

    But again — where’s the freaking opinion??? Talking about real potential of something you can actually see isn’t opinion.

    After all these years of trying to avoid it — I might just have to join the “science vs religion” fight — only for me it’s more like reasonable vs. lunacy.

    I’m going on and on — but I have NEVER seen this kind of article referred to as “opinion” and published with a disclaimer. It’s kinda scary that a supposed news organization would defer to and validate clowns.

    Or — maybe I’m the nut.

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  2. “Editor’s note: Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and a member of the NASA Curiosity Mars rover camera team. He is president of The Planetary Society and author of, most recently, “The Space Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Space and Astronomy.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. ”

    I don’t think this was necessary. But you know, it covered their ifandbutts.

    I did something today to clear the local air of Fukushima radiation. We, spouse, son and I, have had a happy earth day. We are doing our share at a cost of around $150 pocket money to get it done. But oh what fun and a great sense of knowing that the world today is a better place to live.

    Gotta turn on the geiger counter to see if the background is better.

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  3. Hey Peen.

    You know, of course, that I’m always glad to hear from you. Thanks for posting. It’s been too long, but I know you stay busy…

    CNN seems to be losing their collective minds, lately.

    It’s not just me. I’ve seen lots of comments, around the innertubes, about it. Wolf Blitzer’s interruptions about flight M370. Breathtaking interruptions that have nothing to do with actual “news”. They seem desperate to find a place between the uber right wing Fox “news” who claim to be “fair and balanced” and the admittedly liberal MSNBC.

    “Is it just me or is putting this under the heading of opinion already a little weird?”

    It’s not just you, but I admit I may not have noticed it, if you hadn’t pointed it out.

    Gawd, I’m not a scientist, any more. I’m more like a judge, or at least a lawyer. But, I was a scientist for a long time.

    What they did, from the viewpoint of a scientist OR a lawyer, or “quasi-judicial official” is cast doubt on FACT. That’s not what a real news organization does.

    What science (and “the law”, which “governs” us) deals with is FACTS. Even those that destroy current theories. Scientists adjust theories to fit the facts. Test them to see if predictions based on the theories are true.

    The difference: scientists admit they might be wrong. Fundie Nutbags can’t ever, EVER, admit they might be wrong. Facts cast a curtain on the play that Fundie Nubtags want you to see.

    So there’s no point in arguing with a Fundie Nutbag. You’ CAN’T win. You can only out-number them. By getting sane people to vote for sane candidates.

    Like most Democratic candidates. As opposed to most GOP candidates.

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  4. One of those “risky tasks” that I just mentioned in the “Saturn” thread is a closer look at Peggy.

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