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Strange Moons - Atlas

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posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 02:42 AM
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Continuing the excellent series of threads on this topic (which you can find on ATS by searching for "strange moons"), let me introduce to you all:

Saturn's moon Atlas


(Image processed by Ian Regan)

A raw, unprocessed image: saturnraw.jpl.nasa.gov...



Atlas was discovered by Richard Terrile in 1980 (some time before November 12) from Voyager photos and was designated S/1980 S 28. In 1983 it was officially named after Atlas of Greek mythology, because it "holds the rings on its shoulders" like the Titan Atlas held the sky up above the Earth. It is also designated Saturn XV.

It's a tiny (just 19 miles wide) moon that has an impressive "skirt" of material piled up around its equator.

It looks very similar to another tiny moon of Saturn - Pan:



The closeup image of Atlas here has been taken by Cassini on April 12th, when the spacecraft came as close as about 7,000 miles (11,000km) from the moon:

Cassini Sees "Flying-Saucer" Moon Atlas Up Close

Animation of the fly-by images:



Prior to this, all we had was these shots from much much further away:





For the most striking feature of Atlas, that huge "skirt" of material around its equator, the most likely explanation is that it's icy material from Saturn's rings that has been swept up by this tiny moon. Even though the moon is tiny, Saturn's rings are very thin, ranging from 10 meters to 1 km in thickness.
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posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 05:50 AM
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Great thread with great pics. Thanks!



posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 06:08 AM
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a reply to: wildespace

Oh dear. These images are hitting me in the heart today. They're so beautiful and represent some of the best qualities of humanity - the images, not the objects. International cooperation and centuries of accumulated and shared knowledge are embodied in the Cassini probe.

I'm looking at the unusual moons and imagining the expansive setting of the minuscule part of space. To all intents and purposes, infinity in all directions. Such silence too. Then we have the eternal motion of the moons and the gaze of Cassini's instruments.

All of which is transmitted down to this beautiful planet where we're currently, and constantly, behaving atrociously to each other. I'm going to go back to looking at the pictures.



posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 09:10 AM
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Now, Flat Earthers can come in here and claim Flat Atlas. Now that MF'er is flat!

Nice thread!



posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 09:31 AM
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a reply to: wildespace

It seems to have some resemblance in shape to the tiny moon Pan! With that walnut/ravioli/perogie bubble-shape in the middle. Very awesome.

www.abovetopsecret.com...

Interesting - fantastic photos.



posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 09:36 AM
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It's the Jupiter 2!

Danger Will Robinson! Danger!

Got to be one of the most interesting moons we've seen yet. Ranks right up there with Aegir:




posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 09:41 AM
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originally posted by: TerminalVelocity
It's the Jupiter 2!

Danger Will Robinson! Danger!

Got to be one of the most interesting moons we've seen yet. Ranks right up there with Aegir:


It seems there's some disinformation going on on the Internet, because the moon in the picture you posted is Hyperion.



posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 09:45 AM
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originally posted by: HawkeyeNation
Now, Flat Earthers can come in here and claim Flat Atlas. Now that MF'er is flat!

Nice thread!


They sure can. I thought the logic was that all heavenly bodies are spheres and that therefore the Earth is a sphere? At least I saw that used many times.



posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 09:45 AM
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a reply to: wildespace

correct
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posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 06:18 PM
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a reply to: ChipForBrains




I thought the logic was that all heavenly bodies are spheres and that therefore the Earth is a sphere?

There's a bit more to it than that.



posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 06:25 PM
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very interesting post. cool pictures. what a peculiar shape pan is, like a hard moon-type object embedded through a softer one. similarly so, but much smoothed down, with atlas.



posted on Apr, 14 2017 @ 07:54 PM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: ChipForBrains




I thought the logic was that all heavenly bodies are spheres and that therefore the Earth is a sphere?

There's a bit more to it than that.


Yeah, it's really an oblate spheroid because it rolls of the tongue and Tyson made a point of it.



posted on Apr, 15 2017 @ 03:36 AM
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originally posted by: ChipForBrains

originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: ChipForBrains




I thought the logic was that all heavenly bodies are spheres and that therefore the Earth is a sphere?

There's a bit more to it than that.


Yeah, it's really an oblate spheroid because it rolls of the tongue and Tyson made a point of it.



The oblate spheroid thing has been around a lot longer than Tyson's recent popularisation of the phrase, as shown in this 1989 article by Isaac Asimov

chem.tufts.edu...

and it was originally discovered in 1959 by the Vanguard satellite:

archives.chicagotribune.com...



posted on Apr, 15 2017 @ 06:17 AM
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a reply to: OneBigMonkeyToo




Tyson's recent popularisation of the phrase


Is what I was talking about. No need to state the obvious.
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posted on Apr, 25 2017 @ 06:20 PM
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those are definitely scary looking moons...




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