But You've Already Got Rings!: Saturn Forming New Moon

April 18, 2014


This is a photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of an unusual object orbiting Saturn at the edge of its A ring (not to be confused with its O-ring, which is Uranus). Astronomers are speculating its a new moon forming, which is already about 1/2-mile in diameter. Me? I'm convinced its a spaceship. When it doubt, aliens -- that's my motto. Now grab a tin-foil hat and meet me in my tree-house, we have an invasion to plan for.

The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one -- an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named "Peggy."

The object's gravity seems to have roughed up the ring's usually smooth profile.

As a result, a stretch of the A ring that measures 750 miles long and 6 miles wide is now about 20% brighter than it would typically appear.

Peggy, which is believed to have caused this mess, is too small for Cassini to see directly. But NASA scientists hope to get a closer look in late 2016, when Cassini is scheduled to fly near the A ring.

Whoa whoa whoa -- now wait just a minute, Saturn. You need to SLOW YOUR ROLL. Did you know Saturn already has 62 moons? SIXTY-TWO. And it's trying to make another? I suggest all the other planets in the solar system hold an emergency meeting to determine if Saturn is getting too greedy. Sure Jupiter already has 67, but Saturn also has those rings. You shouldn't get to have any moons if you have rings. I mean, here on earth we only got one moon. I feel ripped off. "Mercury and Venus don't have any." F*** those planets. You choose to hang out that close to the sun, that's your bad.

Thanks to Geekologie's astronomer in residence Jamie M, who I still haven't fully forgiven for trying to sneak an April Fool's story past me. I would have looked like a fool! People trust me!

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