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Strange things happening to the rings of Uranus

dwayner79 (880742) writes | about 7 years ago

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dwayner79 writes "Middle Schoolers are loving it, but as the article says, "Strange things are happening to the rings of Uranus, that little blue planet way out there in the solar system.It has rings and moons, and once every 42 years, the planet's tilted angle lets earthbound observers briefly catch three edge-on views of the rings instead of the usual direct view that makes them appear as if they were sunlit paintings on the flat rim of a dinner plate. The time for the rare views is right now, and a team of astronomers from UC Berkeley and the SETI Institute in Mountain View has seen some dramatic changes — some rings are growing brighter, at least one is fading away, and another is either new-formed or unexpectedly moving outward from the planet by thousands of miles.""
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