Our solar system is a jewel box filled with a glittering variety of beautiful worlds–and not all of them are planets. This week, we present our solar system’s most marvelous moons.
1. Weird Weather: Titan
Saturn’s hazy moon Titan is larger than Mercury, but its size is not the only way it’s like a planet. Titan has a thick atmosphere, complete with its own “water cycle” – except that it’s way too cold on Titan for liquid water. Instead, rains of liquid hydrocarbons like ethane and methane fall onto icy mountains, run into rivers, and gather into great seas. Our Cassini spacecraft mapped the methane seas with radar, and its cameras even caught a glimpse of sunlight reflecting off the seas’ surface. Learn more about Titan: saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/science/titan/
2. Icy Giant: Ganymede
Jupiter’s moon Ganymede is the largest in the solar system. It’s bigger than Mercury and Pluto, and three-quarters the size of Mars. It’s also the only moon known to have its own magnetic field. Details: solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/ganymede/indepth
3. Retrograde Rebel: Triton
Triton is Neptune’s largest moon, and the only one in the solar system to orbit in the opposite direction of its planet’s rotation, a retrograde orbit. It may have been captured from the Kuiper Belt, where Pluto orbits. Despite the frigid temperatures there, Triton has cryovolcanic activity – frozen nitrogen sometimes sublimates directly to gas and erupts from geysers on the surface. More on Triton: solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/triton/indepth
4. Cold Faithful: Enceladus
The most famous geysers in our solar system (outside of those on Earth) belong to Saturn’s moon Enceladus. It’s a small, icy body, but Cassini revealed this world to be one of the solar system’s most scientifically interesting destinations. Geyser-like jets spew water vapor and ice particles from an underground ocean beneath the icy crust of Enceladus. With its global ocean, unique chemistry and internal heat, Enceladus has become a promising lead in our search for worlds where life could exist. Get the details: saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/science/enceladus/
5. Volcano World: Io
Jupiter’s moon Io is subjected to tremendous gravitational forces that cause its surface to bulge up and down by as much as 330 feet (100 m). The result? Io is the most volcanically active body in the Solar System, with hundreds of volcanoes, some erupting lava fountains dozens of miles high. More on Io’s volcanoes: solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/io/indepth
6. Yin and Yang Moon: Iapetus
When Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus in 1671, he observed that one side of this moon of Saturn was bright and the other dark. He noted that he could only see Iapetus on the west side of Saturn, and correctly concluded that Iapetus had one side much darker than the other side. Why? Three centuries later, the Cassini spacecraft solved the puzzle. Dark, reddish dust in Iapetus’s orbital path is swept up and lands on the leading face of the moon. The dark areas absorb energy and become warmer, while uncontaminated areas remain cooler. Learn more: saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/2892/cassini-10-years-at-saturn-top-10-discoveries/#nine
7. A Double World: Charon and Pluto
At half the size of Pluto, Charon is the largest of Pluto’s moons and the largest known satellite relative to its parent body. The moon is so big compared to Pluto that Pluto and Charon are sometimes referred to as a double planet system. Charon’s orbit around Pluto takes 6.4 Earth days, and one Pluto rotation (a Pluto day) takes 6.4 Earth days. So from Pluto’s point of view Charon neither rises nor sets, but hovers over the same spot on Pluto’s surface, and the same side of Charon always faces Pluto. Get the details: www.nasa.gov/feature/pluto-and-charon-new-horizons-dynamic-duo
8. “Death Star” Moon: Mimas
Saturn’s moon Mimas has one feature that draws more attention than any other: the crater Herschel, which formed in an impact that nearly shattered the little world. Herschel gives Mimas a distinctive look that prompts an oft-repeated joke. But, yes, it’s a moon. More: olarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/mimas
9. Don’t Be Afraid, It’s Just Phobos
In mythology, Mars is a the god of war, so it’s fitting that its two small moons are called Phobos, “fear,” and Deimos, “terror.” Our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught this look at Phobos, which is roughly 17 miles (27 km) wide. In recent years, NASA scientists have come to think that Phobos will be torn apart by its host planet’s gravity. Details: www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/phobos-is-falling-apart
Although decades have passed since astronauts last set foot on its surface, Earth’s moon is far from abandoned. Several robotic missions have continued the exploration. For example, this stunning view of the moon’s famous Tycho crater was captured by our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which continues to map the surface in fine detail today. More: www.lroc.asu.edu/posts/902
Discover more lists of 10 things to know about our solar system HERE.
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Everyone knows about “John Knox’s ” House next door to the right, but Moubray house is one of the oldest in Edinburgh. It was built by Robert Moubray in 1477. It is also one of the oldest occupied residential buildings. The frontage dates from
around 1630 and it was restored by The Cockburn Society in 1910.
During the eighteenth century it was a tavern and a bookshop. Daniel Defoe who wrote Robinson Crusoe lived here when he edited the Edinburgh Courant. It was bought by an American Lady, Debra Stonecipher about ten years ago and she spent time restoring many period features reflecting the fashions of interior design, from its Scottish Renaissance board-and-beam painted ceiling to its later plaster ceiling moulded with exotic fruits and flowers.
Ms Stonecipher is handing the property over to Historic Scotland in the next 5 years or so and it is thought it will be opened to the public.
“Dean, you need to calm down. You’re freakin’ everyone out here,” Sam grumbled, punching his brother’s shoulder. “It’s a plane, not the Titanic.”
“Planes can crash,” Dean countered. “The Titanic sunk, it’s possible that this metal thing could just blow up any second.”
A woman in front of Dean turned around, shooting him a glare as she tried to comfort her young son who was now about as freaked out as Dean. “Planes are built to fly. They always check them before they go up,” she stated matter-of-factly. The second she turned her back, Dean was mocking her. This time you punched his arm.
The plane hit a bit of turbulence in the air, and you grit your teeth when Dean’s nails sunk into your arm. “Release the death grip, my arm’s gonna fall off.” He sighed, unleashing your arm. “C’mon, let’s go see if we can get you some water.” You suggested, having had enough of Dean’s panic.
Kisame: Distanced himself from comrades, worked alone (even when in a group), slaughtered fellow villagers, likened himself to a solitary killer, had no permanent ties, no family, no lovers, famously avoidant and cagey
Kisame: Why yes I would love to devote my life to you. Every breath. I’m all yours.
Okay, because I'm a sucker for top ten lists and future Viktuuri sex, so thanks to your post on Chris' best man speech: where are the top 10 most memorable places that they've had sex? I totally HC that now that they're public, they're less reserved about more public locations!
The Top 10 Most Memorable Places That Yuuri and Viktor Have
10) In a limo –
they had to go to some Big Important Event and Yuuri finally let Viktor buy a
new suit for him after months of protesting that it was unnecessary which
backfired on Viktor because Yuuri looked hot as fuck and Viktor couldn’t keep
his hands off on the journey there. Everyone ended up sort of side-eyeing them
once they arrived at the party because they were all like ‘Nikiforov and
Katsuki are looking very stylish tonight but also kind of…dishevelled?’
9) On Yuuri’s kitchen
counter in Detroit – theoretically they were supposed to be in his bedroom
but they didn’t quite make it. Phichit took one look at them when he got back a
few hours later and was like ‘seriously guys? I eat there! And Yuuri your bedroom is like thirty seconds from here
you couldn’t keep it in your pants for that long?’ Yuuri couldn’t look him in
the eye for like a week afterwards. Viktor had no regrets.
8) On the beach at
Hasetsu – they were out on a morning run with Vicchan and Makkachin and
Viktor convinced Yuuri it was a good idea and that the beach was deserted so
no-one would know. He was wrong but the old couple who saw them were just like
‘ah yes it’s just our Yuuri and his attractive foreign boyfriend, better to
walk away before they know we’re here’ and Yuuri and Viktor never knew they’d
been seen which was a good thing for Yuuri’s blood pressure
7) On a plane –
they both joined the mile high club after Yuuri won gold at the Four Continents
and Viktor convinced him that celebratory sex in the plane bathroom was a good
idea. Which it was but the air hostess gave them very knowing looks when they
both finally left the room five minutes apart with lovebites covering their necks and their
clothes all skewed
6) At a club –
Even though Viktor likes the fact that he’s Yuuri’s one and only he also feels
a little guilty that he had his wild younger years in his early twenties and
got a fair bit of experience while Yuuri never did and he doesn’t ever want
Yuuri to end up resenting him for that. But Yuuri was like ‘I don’t care, you
were the only person I wanted to sleep with anyway I was never interested in
random hook-ups with anyone else’ so Viktor was like ‘why don’t you have a
random hookup with me instead then?’ So they ended up doing that thing that
some couples do when they pretend not to know each other and chat each other up
in a club for fun except Yuuri got really nervous beforehand, took several
shots to loosen up, got an unexpected rush of confidence that was partially
alcohol related and partially the
anonymity of the club they were in letting him get properly into Eros mode and the
night ended with him completely seducing a very willing Viktor, a lapdance and
them both screwing in the back of the club because they couldn’t keep their
hands off each other.
5) In a lift – They
were both trapped in a lift in a hotel that broke down for a while and when
they were finally rescued everyone was like ‘oh my god are you ok, it must have
been so scary being stuck in there alone for like two hours’ and Viktor was
like ‘oh. Yeah. Terrifying.’ *shifty eyes* while Yuuri went bright red. Then
after when they thought they’d gotten away with it Yuuri was suddenly like ‘Viktor…lifts
have cameras in them don’t they?’ and that was the moment they realised they
both fucked up. (It was fine though because no footage could ever be released
4) At a restaurant
– Viktor did that thing at a fancy restaurant they were at for Yuuri’s birthday
where he’s like ‘oh no I dropped my fork *disappears under the table for
fifteen minutes*’ and Yuuri nearly bit through his lip trying to keep a
straight face and not let on to anyone around them what was happening
3) In the showers at
Viktor’s home rink in St Petersburg – Yuuri decided to surprise Viktor
after practice and it all went downhill from there. Yurio once overheard Viktor
mentioning it while flirting with Yuuri at the rinkside and has never used any
of the showers at the rink again
2) In a cabin in the
woods – About a year into their relationship Yuuri started to get really
self-conscious and anxious about all the media attention and the obsessed fans
and how there was always paparazzi hanging around them and so Viktor rented out
a completely secluded cabin in the woods as far away from civilisation as he
could find on an impulse to try and give Yuuri a relaxing break. Since neither
of them knew literally anything about outdoor survival they just stockpiled it
with food and wood for the fire and disappeared for a week. They spent most of
that week hiking (mainly consisting of them both getting lost and Viktor nearly
dying multiple times), cuddling up together to watch the sunrise and sunset and
having sex marathons on the fur rug in front of the fire a la every romance
film ever. Viktor still considers it one of the best decisions he’s ever made
and now has a yearly reservation.
1) In a bathroom at
the European Championships – Yuuri promised to give Viktor a ‘reward’ if he
won the Euros which lead to them having sex in the skater’s bathroom after the
medal ceremony. Chris happened to walk in on them halfway and because Chris
is Chris when they noticed him he was just like ‘don’t let me stop you’ and
smirked. Viktor was 100% ready to ignore him and continue but Yuuri,
unfortunately, was not. Viktor ended up getting his reward that night in the
hotel room instead.
The soaring pillar is 9.5 light-years, or about 57 trillion miles, high, about twice the distance from our Sun to the nearest star. Stars in the Eagle Nebula are born in clouds of cold hydrogen that reside in chaotic neighborhoods, where energy from young stars sculpts fantasy-like landscapes in the gas. The tower may be a giant incubator for those newborn stars. A torrent of ultraviolet light from a band of massive, hot, young stars (off the top of the image) is eroding the pillar.