Is the Solar System Really a Vortex?

by Jason Major December 18, 2013

The short answer? No. Not in the way that a popular animated gif insinuates, at least. If you’re even a casual space fan you may have seen a viral gif animation showing our solar system traveling through space, the motions of the planets tracing corkscrew “vortex” paths around a line-driving Sun. While it’s definitely intriguing […]

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Spacetime Fabric Softener: An Animation to Make You Smile

by Jason Major May 31, 2013

I’ll just leave this here. Happy Friday! (ht to io9) Jason Major on Google+

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A New Look at Saturn’s Northern Hexagon

by Jason Major February 28, 2013

Freshly delivered from Cassini’s wide-angle camera, this raw image gives us another look at Saturn’s north pole and the curious hexagon-shaped jet stream that encircles it, as well as the spiraling vortex of clouds at its center. Back in November we got our first good look at Saturn’s north pole in years, now that Cassini’s […]

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Incredible Raw Image of Saturn’s Swirling North Pole

by Jason Major November 28, 2012

Ok, are you ready for this? I know… WOW. This swirling maelstrom of clouds is what was seen over Saturn’s north pole earlier today, November 27, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This is a raw image, acquired in polarized light, from a distance of 238,045 miles (383,097 kilometers)… all I did was remove some of the […]

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Pictures From T-86: Cassini’s Latest Flyby of Titan

by Jason Major September 30, 2012

On September 26-27 Cassini executed its latest flyby of Titan, T-86, coming within 594 miles (956 km) of the cloud-covered moon in order to measure the effects of the Sun’s energy on its dense atmosphere and determine its variations at different altitudes. The image above was captured as Cassini approached Titan from its night side, […]

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