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Cassini And Amateurs Chase Storm On Saturn

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posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 11:27 AM
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Cassini And Amateurs Chase Storm On Saturn



This is cool
That`s why I love astronomy even more! Amateurs are of great importance to discoveries






With the help of amateur astronomers, the composite infrared spectrometer instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft has taken its first look at a massive blizzard in Saturn's atmosphere. The instrument collected the most detailed data to date of temperatures and gas distribution in that planet's storms.

The data showed a large, turbulent storm, dredging up loads of material from the deep atmosphere and covering an area at least five times larger than the biggest blizzard in this year's Washington, D.C.-area storm front nicknamed "Snowmageddon."

"We were so excited to get a heads-up from the amateurs," said Gordon Bjoraker, a composite infrared spectrometer team member based at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Normally, he said, "Data from the storm cell would have been averaged out."


Here are the sources:

www.spacedaily.com...

www.theregister.co.uk...

www.portaltotheuniverse.org...

news.oneindia.in...

This is my first thread; I tried to post it in the news board but it didn`t work.




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