These are two pictures of Saturn's moon Mimas (the one that looks like the Death Star): one's a regular photograph, the other a thermal map. Uh-oh Saturn -- uh-oh -- OM NOM NOM NOM!
"We suspect the temperatures are revealing differences in texture on the surface," said John Spencer, a Cassini composite infrared spectrometer team member based at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. "It's maybe something like the difference between old, dense snow and freshly fallen powder."
Even if surface texture variations are to blame, scientists are still trying to figure out why there are such sharp boundaries between the regions, Spencer said. It is possible that the impact that created Herschel Crater melted surface ice and spread water across the moon. That liquid may have flash-frozen into a hard surface.
I'm gonna go ahead and go out on a limb and say Space Invaders had something to do with this. No? Okay how about Donkey Kong? I'M NOT GRASPING FOR STRAWS YOU'RE GRASPING FOR STRAWS. Or is that your peener? *swish*
'Pac-Man' in Space: 1980s Video Game Icon Glows on Saturn's Moon Mimas [sciencedaily]
Thanks to drew, Joe = Best Pag, Alex, Liam, Nam Som, Tim, Nick, Tony, Culley, john, PeteN, Curtis, Andy, Colin, Peter, The boy with the big face, Richie Rich, Guillaume and Gregatron, who are all convinced the Mooninites put Pac up to it.
Mimas, left, Tethys, right.
Remember when scientists discovered a Pac-Man hiding in Saturn's moon Mimas when viewing the satellite with a thermal imaging camera? Well look out world, because Saturn's moon Tethys has one too. My moon? My moon has a scar that looks like a flow... / Continue →
This is a video showing the history of earth from big bang to current day, all in a minute and a half video. In real life it took almost 10,000 times that long though -- maybe even 100,000. "You're an idiot." I have never passed a math class. The video was created using foo... / Continue →
Note: Larger version HERE in case you're confused why it's not a scooter. Vesta, NOT Vespa, dummy!
Hey did you know we sent an orbiter to (what else?!) orbit Vesta, a prominent asteroid in the asteroid belt? Me neither, and I like to keep up on space! Also: women's fashion ... / Continue →