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Blue Ring Around Uranus

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the too-many-hours-looking-through-a-telescope dept.

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ZedNaught writes "The BBC is reporting that 'astronomers have discovered that the planet Uranus has a blue ring - only the second found in the Solar System. Like the blue ring of Saturn, it probably owes its existence to an accompanying small moon.' According to the April issue of Science, the blue ring is one of two new outer rings recently discovered around Uranus using the infrared Keck adaptive optics system. The rings are blue and red like Saturn's E and G rings. The blue ring around Saturn hosts the moon Enceladus while the Uranus ring contains the moon Mab."

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man... (4, Funny)

eclectic4 (665330) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092352)

I should get that checked out....

Re:man... (0, Redundant)

SpcAgentOrange (936329) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092365)

And thus Slashdot is no longer the only website on the internets to not have diseased anus jokes about this article.

K

Re:man... (1)

Bonker (243350) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092393)

This is a few days old, yeah.

I think the Farkers have already made every possible anus joke [fark.com] .

Re:man... (1)

Mike Savior (802573) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092483)

Then you should get to a doctor, before it gets any worse.

Re:man... (5, Funny)

saforrest (184929) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092552)

I think the Farkers have already made every possible anus joke.

I think that statement was true even before this latest news came out.

Re:man... (5, Funny)

swingkid (3585) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092383)

I can't wait until 2620 so I don't have to hear Uranus jokes anymore.

Re:man... (5, Funny)

springbox (853816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092472)

Then the Urectum jokes will commence!

Re:man... (1)

ID10T5 (797857) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092532)

...and then the U damn near killed him jokes...

Re:man... (1)

Sterling Christensen (694675) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092579)

I don't get it. Is the planet's name scheduled to be changed in 2620?

Is it a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey? I don't remember anything happening to Uranus in the books...

Re:man... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092610)

Futurama.

Turn in ur geek card

Re:man... (3, Informative)

Forge (2456) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092621)

Put down those books and pick up a remote.

Or just pray at the alter of wikipedia [wikipedia.org] . Enlightenment WILL come.

Eventualy

Re:man... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092755)

In the animated series Futurama (1999-2003), in 2620 the name of Uranus was changed to get rid of "That Stupid Joke" once and for all - but the new name is "Urectum" (The most common pronunciation for Uranus is a homophone for the English phrase "your anus").


Mehhhh

Re:man... (1)

onwardknave (533210) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092644)

I'd like to see it renamed after the muse Urania, but I doubt mixing a Greek name into the Roman names would get much support among the purists.

Re:man... (1)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092449)

It's better than a red ring. That sounds too close to something the goatse man would have.

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What the fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092541)

That's gotta be the weirdest comment spam I've seen in a while. And, incidentally, the first comment spam I've ever seen on /.

Mushroom Clouds Around Earth: +1, Helpful (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092534)


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Re:man... blue and red (2, Funny)

bazzman (99678) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092598)

Man walks in to the waiting-room at his doctors office.
There is his old friend he hasn't seen in a while also waiting for his appointment.

Man: - It's kind of embarrassing to say but I come here because I have a blue ring around my penis.

Friend: - What a coincidence, I am here with a similar problem. I have a red ring around my penis.

Friend goes in to doctors office and comes out after two minutes, smiling.

Friend: - Doctor said I should not worry, just go and take a shower.

Man goes into doctors office and doctor takes a look at his "problem".

Doctor: - Sorry to say but I will have to amputate your penis.
Man: - But that's not what you told my friend with almost the same problem.
Doctor: - You have to understand that there is a clear difference between lipstick and gangrene.

eww (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092356)

more like a brown ring...

Re:eww (0)

dlrow olleh (886534) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092443)

Yeah there's a brown ring around my anus too

If ever there was an advertisement for Warm Bawls (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092454)

I hear a man can be seduced to such a degree by a "hot" woman, and then dis-heartened at such a rate, that the testicles and surrounding area will become blue.

In my entire life, man, I've combinatorially flushed and showered no less than two gallons of SEMEN down the drain.

Beat that you trolls!

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Come on now! (2, Funny)

MechaShiva (872964) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092366)

How many Uranus jokes do people have to make before we finally get the name changed to something a little more tasteful? I'm thinking something along the lines of Urectum. Or do I have to wait around until 2620 to see that happen?

Re:Come on now! (3, Funny)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092388)

Good news! It's a suppository!

Re:Come on now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092531)

Bad news. I swallowed it.

Re:Come on now! (1)

deopmix (965178) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092394)

I was thinking something a little farther from Uranus than Urectum. Something like Urcolon mabye.

Not to make matters worse, but... (4, Funny)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092468)

How is NASA going to pitch the missions?

The Uranus Probes?

I'd hate to be the mission-director for that one...

Re:Come on now! (1)

TeleoMan (529859) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092491)

Let's just reverse the letters: from now on it is called Sunaru! All hail planet Sunaru!

Re:Come on now! (5, Funny)

slizz (822222) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092516)

what's the same about star trek and toilet paper? they both circle uranus searching for klingons!

Re:Come on now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092649)

I'm not sure about blue rings, but you ever get a red one from sitting on the toilet seat too long?

I'm not the only one who reads for 45 minutes in there!!!

Re:Come on now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092679)

How many Uranus jokes do people have to make before we finally get the name changed to something a little more tasteful?

Well, there's the ever popular alternative promoted by Sagan... Urine-us!

Re:Come on now! (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092754)

even worse in german. ur- is a prefix for something really old. think the rest for yourself.

If ever.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092368)

If ever there were a topic begging for a goatse post, this is it.

Re:If ever.. (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092475)

A photoshopped one at that.

Re:If ever.. (5, Funny)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092526)

It shows you how old and Slashdot-wise you have become when the first thing that pops into your head on mention of "Uranus" and "ring" is hello.jpg.

Re:If ever.. (1)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092671)

That's it! Goastse ringtones!

I can already imagine the late-night tv ads for these.

Re:If ever.. (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092698)

You are one sick bugger.

That's it! Goastse ringtones!

So what would the tune be, then? "Tunnel of Love" by Doris Day?

Can't be any worse than Crazy Frog.

Yeah but... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092377)

You should see the ring around the other guy...

and in other news...... (5, Funny)

PsychoElf (571371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092378)

In other news, Uranus has filed suit against Neptune for making it pick up the soap, which Pluto clearly dropped.

Troll-Baiting (0, Offtopic)

lostngone (855272) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092386)

Talk about chumming for Trolls

Anonymous Coward (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092397)

You will see me around a lot today...

Coffee Rings... (0, Offtopic)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092404)

A blue ring is not as bad as some of the coffee rings that my Dad leaves on the countertop when he visits.

Tell your dad, put a towl on his chair. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092500)

Does he shove coffee mugs up his ass to get it that wide? Huggee's Pullups(TM) diapers are available on sail at Walmart, in He-Man or She-Ra themes.

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Re:Tell your dad, put a towl on his chair. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092533)

To confirm you're not a script, please type the word in this image: ARSEnic

Slashdot sent you an image of the goatse man inserting a network card?!?

Does that mean... (4, Funny)

msauve (701917) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092406)

we've found the proverbial "blue moon?"

Re:Does that mean... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092415)

An unlimited supply of blue cheese, right?

Re:Does that mean... (1)

Dorceon (928997) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092578)

A blue moon is the second full moon in a single month. Historically it was the third full moon in a season that had four, back when 1 moon = 1 month and having a thirteenth was a real problem.

how do you know your going to far in anal sex... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092408)

when u have a blue ring around ur anus...

Must mention (0, Offtopic)

Presidential (805793) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092410)

My doctor gave me a very effective cream for this condition..

You just smear it on the optics of the telescope and voila, no more rings!

Ouch... (3, Funny)

zmilo (815667) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092413)

I guess Papa Smurf forgot to clean up...

Re:Ouch... (1)

13bPower (869223) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092690)

Phew, I was hoping I wouldn't have to be the one to make the papa smurf joke... He was always shirtless though, wasn't he? hmmm....

Let's face it, we all sniggered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092424)

I'm an astronomy geek, and even I sniggered at the title. I don't think there is anyone on Earth who can resist a good Uranus pun.

Re:Let's face it, we all sniggered (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092480)

Some years ago during the science segment of a local news broadcast, the announcer was discussing Uranus, and he simply could not make himself pronounce it properly. He kept putting the accent on the first syllable, getting redder and redder the whole time. Finally he said it right, and everyone else just lost it completely and burst out laughing. One of the funniest things I've ever seen on the news.

Re:Let's face it, we all sniggered (1)

JFDMit (314026) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092513)

About fifteen years ago, news broadcasters here in the UK suddenly changed how they pronounce Uranus, placing heavy emphasis on the "Ur", shortening the "a" sound, and allowing the "nus" to trail off. This, of course fooled nobody.

Re:Let's face it, we all sniggered (1)

afaik_ianal (918433) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092572)

I've always thought that makes it sound like "Urinous", i.e. made of urine. Maybe that's just me though.

Re:Let's face it, we all sniggered (1)

fufubag (935599) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092646)

I freakin love how you Brits say Aluminum: awlyu-min'-ee-um. So sweet.

Re:Let's face it, we all sniggered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092685)

It's not just Brits, it's most of the world. And we actually spell it "Aluminium" as well.

Re:Let's face it, we all sniggered (1)

Eideewt (603267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092582)

It's funny that even if you do mispronounce it like that, it comes out as "urine-us," which is just as bad.

so perty (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092446)

OMG! Pretty rainbows around a planet. Did they find ponies also?

Re:so perty (2)

Inquisitus (937664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092459)

That was so last week.

Are you insulting the ponies? (1)

SlashdotTroll (581611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092514)

DON'T DO IT! RUNN!!! [70.86.201.113]

(At-least they weren't the April-1 legendary elite ones that arrived with penii on their head)

Humm (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092456)

I, for one, salute our new blue ringed overlord.

Re:Humm (0, Redundant)

Jamesblond (967089) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092504)

Modded zero? Really?

21 comments later.... (5, Informative)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092466)

Still not a serious comment on the news story...

In any case, I found it odd that when MSNBC [msn.com] reported on this a few days ago they called the ring "rare". Considering that we have a whole 8-10 planets to base this on (depending on who's definition you use of "planet") I would consider the 20-25% of "blue ring" planets to be fairly common. It's not like this is an albino Kodiak or some other anomaly.

Aside from that have a blast mocking the planet for it's unfortunate name. What were they thinking? It's like naming a boy Sue or some such nonsense.

Re:21 comments later.... (1)

ral8158 (947954) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092487)

Thanks a lot, you insensitive clod!

-Sincerely, Sue.

Re:21 comments later.... (1)

The New Stan Price (909151) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092563)

You actually counted how many comments later?

Re:21 comments later.... (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092640)

The number of comments for a sotry are listed with the story just under the blurb when looking at the "root listing" of the comments.

Re:21 comments later.... (1)

LocoMan (744414) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092575)

At least according to the BBC article, what's rare isn't the ring itself but the fact that it's blue.

Now insert random uranus joke here.. :)

Re:21 comments later.... (0)

yorugua (697900) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092619)

Re:21 comments later.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092648)

You normally have to be a little more clever than "hope this is +<mod_category>" to karma whore yourself about.

Re:21 comments later.... (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092647)

Aside from that have a blast mocking the planet for it's unfortunate name. What were they thinking? It's like naming a boy Sue or some such nonsense.
They were probably thinking that good manners and decorum would remain the norm in society as they had for centuries.

Re:21 comments later.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092709)

hahahahahah! Like modern folks are the only ones in history to come up with fart jokes and such like. Heck, even my *dog* gets a stupid look on his face and looks around when he lets one rip. Bodily function humor based on chagrin is pretty old, probably hard wired into DNA.

Re:21 comments later.... (1)

BeanThere (28381) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092650)

Aside from that have a blast mocking the planet for it's unfortunate name. What were they thinking?

Might be worth noting that in a British accent, "Uranus" sounds less like like "your anus" and a lot more like "you-ranus", one has to try to 'read it' with an American accent to really 'hear' the pun.

Certainly (2, Funny)

possumbs (967087) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092482)

a place where the sun don't shine...

as opposed to... (0, Redundant)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092519)

the BROWN ring...ba-dum-dum. Hadda be done

Re:as opposed to... (0, Redundant)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092606)

someone modded this as "redundant"!?!? So everyone else making jokes are "funny" but this one was redundant?!?!? *rolls eyes*

Oh Christ alive.. (5, Funny)

Davey McDave (926282) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092525)

Every single Slashdotter who thinks they're hilarious will inevitably make their way down the comments, groan that they weren't the first to the joke, and then attempt to make one anyway.. ... the thought clearly never crossed my mind! Ahem.

Well, that's what happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092529)

When you buy the blue colored Charmin.

Other news (4, Funny)

TooMad (967091) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092549)

In other news the 10th 'planet' has finally been named Mykok, pronounced Mick Oak.

Explanacion... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092557)

Para los personas quienes solo leen Español:

En ingles, literalmente es "un anillo azul rodeando a su culo." Ah, los gringos son locos.

Yo creo que el articulo dice que taco es una mariposa, tambien. No estoy seguro.

Re:Explanacion... (1)

Ph33r th3 g(O)at (592622) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092711)

el o el

moon disintegrating (5, Interesting)

lm747 (322052) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092570)

Quite interesting... Uranus' moon is part of the ring - the particles are hitting it - and the moon is slowly disintegrating. Wonder how long it will take for the moon to completely dissolve into the ring.

Re:moon disintegrating (3, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092686)

Wonder how long it will take for the moon to completely dissolve into the ring.

The density of the ring doesn't have to be much for it to be visible, and its mass at any one time will be a fraction of the mass of even a very small moon. I don't have the numbers but I suspect the life of that moon will be measured in billions of years, quite possibly longer than the life of the sun.

Someone s'plain to me (2)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092581)

Does someone here know how Voyager missed this?

Re:Someone s'plain to me (1)

gellenburg (61212) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092607)

It was in a ratings slump.

Enterprise did pick up on this however.

Voyager missed this... (0, Offtopic)

Tavor (845700) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092694)

Because back then Saturn remembered to put the seat down.

What does this mean for science? (1)

Red Samurai (893134) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092605)

Probably nothing.

splashback (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092609)

Damn 2000 flushes [wd40.com] splashback...

I must be colorblind.... (1)

rubberbando (784342) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092636)

because its always looked brown to me...

uhhhh, dude? (1)

chmod a+x mojo (965286) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092653)

Why are you look at my anus in the first place?

As long as the ring is not red and itchy (4, Funny)

melted (227442) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092641)

As long as the ring is not red and itchy, Uranus will be fine.

Blue Angel rings (1)

Easy2RememberNick (179395) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092663)

I mentioned, on another tech news website I won't name, they should be called the Blue Angel rings.

Difference between moon an asteroid (1)

scarlac (768893) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092665)

Can someone please explain what the difference between a "small moon" and a "large asteroid" is?
By my own definition asteroids are something that are flying through space and moons are small planets/rocks that are orbiting something... I guess it comes down to definition of "a planet".

Is it a matter of size or what? Why was "our" Moon not labeled: "Large Dustry Rock Orbiting Earth"?

Re:Difference between moon an asteroid (5, Informative)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092712)

Why was "our" Moon not labeled: "Large Dustry Rock Orbiting Earth"?

Well thats exactly what it is, however the moons history orbiting earth has left it with a different composition from asteroids. The moon has hardly any water, while many asteroids are now known to have a lot of water.

So the distinction is still important. The real gray area is with the small outer moons of Jupiter which are called moons but are certainly captured asteroids.

Papa Smurf.... (1)

blankoboy (719577) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092666)

There's a punchline somewhere out there, trust me.

Blue ring on Uranus? (1)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092683)

Is that like putting shoe polish on the periscope/telescope?

Please.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15092700)

... Wipe better next time, umm k?

Even the tags are in on the joke... slightly. (5, Funny)

Tavor (845700) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092714)

"[+] uranus, science, space, astronomy, anal (tagging beta)"

blue ring... (1, Redundant)

the_odin (842602) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092731)

Thats what happens when the water splashes up. Damn 2000 flushes...

Anus? (0, Redundant)

Kent Simon (760127) | more than 8 years ago | (#15092741)

from the tagging beta:
uranus, anal, science, space, astronomy (tagging beta)

hilarious
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