Ring Structure Discovered
This picture is a close-up of a section of vertical structures within Saturn’s main rings. The structures pictured are some of the tallest ever seen and cast long shadows as they rise sharply from the edge of the B ring. Taken just before the August equinox in 2009, the pictures shows the Cassini division (top of the image), which is the space between the A ring and the B ring.
The section in this photo shows a 750 mile long (1,200 km) section with the vertical structures spanning a whopping 1.6 miles (2.5 km) above the plane of the rings. This is quite different from the main A, B, and C rings as they typically span 30 feet (10 meters) across.
Cassini scientists hypothesize that large bodies, such as moonlets, up to one kilometer or more in size can be found. These large bodies can have an impact on the ring material around them, forcing particles upwards and potentially causing these structures.
Image & Source Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI
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needs more special effects
I’m not sure what it was that I was expecting.
I had really immature thoughts when I watched this
Source: Laughing Squid
Petroleum Fly (Helaeomyia petrolei)
…a species of Ephydrid fly that is endemic to California. These flies get their common name for their tolerance and love of petroleum H. petrolei larvae will develop in crude oil, swimming near the surface with air-tubes protruding above the surface film, they are also able to submerge for noted periods of time.
Petroleum fly larvae ingest large quantities of oil and asphalt on a daily basis and their guts are often seen full of petroleum. Nutritional experiments have shown that they survive off of animal matter which is present in the oil. Their larvae contain ~300,000 heterotrophic bacteria which are special interest to scientists.
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