NASA’s Voyager spacecraft failed to spot the tiny moon during its 1989 fly-pass of the giant gaseous planet.
July 16, 2013 – SPACE – The Hubble space telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting Neptune, NASA has confirmed. Designated S/2004 N 1, this is the 14th known moon to circle the giant planet. It also appears to be the smallest moon in the Neptunian system, measuring just 20 km (12 miles) across, completing one revolution around Neptune every 23 hours. U.S. astronomer Mark Showalter spotted the tiny dot while studying segments of rings around Neptune. NASA said the moon was roughly 100 million times dimmer than the faintest star visible to the naked eye. It is so small that the Voyager spacecraft failed to spot it in 1989 when it passed close by Neptune and surveyed the planet’s system of moons and rings. Mr. Showalter’s method of discovery involved tracking the movement of a white fleck appearing over and over again in more than 150 photographs taken of Neptune by Hubble between 2004 and 2009. “The moons and arcs orbit very quickly, so we had to devise a way to follow their motion in order to bring out the details of the system,” Mr. Showalter explained. “It’s the same reason a sports photographer tracks a running athlete – the athlete stays in focus, but the background blurs.” –CNN
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EGYPTIANS CLAIM TO HAVE SEEN ARCHANGEL GABRIEL & PROPHET MUHAMMAD AT PROTESTS — GUESS WHO THEY ‘SUPPORT’?
Egyptian protesters supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood are claiming to have had divine sightings in support of their cause.
According to Al Arabiya, an Egyptian preacher gave a sermon that was broadcast on the nation’s satellite channels in which he claimed the archangel Gabriel had been seen among the pro-Morsi crowds.
“Some good men in Madina Al-Munawara (in Saudi Arabia) told me of a vision in which Gabriel entered Rabia al-Adawiya’s mosque to keep people praying stationed in their positions,” Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Hadi of the Muslim Brotherhood intoned.
In another wild “vision,” people claimed to have seen the prophet Muhammad at the protests. When they asked him to lead them in prayers, the prophet apparently said Morsi should be the one to do the honors.
Hadi also spoke of a “righteous man” who claimed to have seen “50 camels, youths, and children in a desert.” CONTINUE