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Isn't this beautiful?  We are entering the Perseid Meteor's paths, and should be seeing a lot more of this.

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Who would'a thunk that Jupiter could have many, many more moons out there?

Jupiter Officially Has 12 New Moons
The new satellites are mostly tiny and include one oddball that is on a collision course with some of the 78 other moons orbiting the planet

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And speaking about our solar system, the number and frequency of known volcanic activity throughout the system just keeps on growing.

Active Volcanoes of Our Solar System
Activity Has Been Observed on Earth and on Moons of Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn

And if you ask a wild set of questions, you will tend to get a set of wild explanations.

Quote:Will More Activity be Discovered?

Cryovolcanoes on Enceladus were not discovered until 2005, and an exhaustive search has not been done across the solar system for this type of activity. In fact, some believe that volcanic activity on our close neighbor Venus still occurs but is hidden beneath the dense cloud cover. A few features on Mars suggest possible recent activity there. It is also very likely, perhaps probable, that active volcanoes or cryovolcanoes will be discovered on moons of icy planets in the outer portions of our solar system such as Europa, Titan, Dione, Ganymede, and Miranda.

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Potential Area of Recent Volcanic Activity on Pluto: A high-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015. This feature, known as Wright Mons is about 90 miles (150 kilometers) across and 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) high. If it is in fact a volcano, as suspected, it would be the largest such feature discovered in the outer solar system.

In 2015, scientists working with images from NASA's New Horizons mission assembled high-resolution color images of potential cryovolcanoes on the surface of Pluto. The accompanying image shows an area on Pluto with a possible ice volcano. Because there are very few impact craters on deposits around this potential volcano, it is thought to have a geologically young age. For more detailed photos and explanations, see this article on
In 2019, scientists from NASA, the European Space Agency, and the German Aerospace Center published a study that they believe solves the mystery of how Ahuna Mons, a mountain on the surface of Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, was formed. They believe that Ahuna Mons is a cryovolcano that erupted salty water after an ascending plume rose to the surface of the dwarf planet. For more information, see this article on Right Here.

This is an exciting time to watch space exploration!

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Ahuna Mons, a mountain of saltwater ice on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, is shown in this simulated perspective view. It is thought to have formed after a plume of salt water and rock ascended through the dwarf planet's interior, then erupted a plume of salty water. The salty water froze into saltwater ice and built a mountain that is now about 2.5 miles high and 10.5 miles wide.
Holy Cow!  This is interesting, to say the least.  Just imagine what would happen if we were in the way of one.  Shock

Millions of High-Speed Black Holes Could Be Zooming Around The Milky Way

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How are black holes born? Astrophysicists have theories, but we don't actually know for certain. It could be massive stars quietly imploding with a floompf, or perhaps black holes are born in the explosions of colossal supernovas. New observations now indicate it might indeed be the latter.

In fact, the research suggests that those explosions are so powerful, they can kick the black holes across the galaxy at speeds greater than 70 kilometres per second (43 miles per second).

"This work basically talks about the first observational evidence that you can actually see black holes moving with high velocities in the galaxy and associate it to the kick the black hole system received at birth," astronomer Pikky Atri of Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) told ScienceAlert.

And it means there are potentially millions stellar-mass black holes zooming around the galaxy at high speed. The paper, currently available in pre-print, has been accepted into the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
All those black holes would answer the question about "missing matter"!
John, looking at that immensely intricate Jovian system, the question that immediately occurs to me is how old could that system be, not to have collapsed into something simpler, if--as the majority view maintains--the solar system is billions of years old? Especially with that moon that crosses the orbits of other moons. It has to collide sometime.

Likewise all the volcanoes of various kinds in the solar system. How could they still be active after billions of years?

Real science asks such questions, seriously.
Quote:All those black holes would answer the question about "missing matter"!

Sort of makes one wonder about which universe that matter has gone disappeared into.

As for the Jovian system, your guess is as good as mine. Aww
This picture was taken just yesterday in Hamarøy, Northern Norway.

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Here's yet one more masterpiece. S22

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Its now official Folks.  We have finally entered Solar Cycle 25.

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Quote:A SUNSPOT FROM THE NEXT SOLAR CYCLE: Breaking a string of 28 spotless days, a new sunspot is emerging in the sun's southern hemisphere--and it's a member of the next solar cycle. A picture of the sunspot is inset in this magnetic map of the sun’s surface from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:

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How do we know this sunspot belongs to the next solar cycle? Its magnetic polarity tells us so. Southern sunspots from old Solar Cycle 24 have a -/+ polarity. This sunspot is the opposite: +/-. According to Hale’s Law, sunspots switch polarities from one solar cycle to the next. Today's emerging sunspot is therefore a member of Solar Cycle 25.

This development does not mean Solar Minimum is finished. On the contrary, low solar activity will probably continue for at least another year as Solar Cycle 24 decays and Solar Cycle 25 slowly sputters to life. If forecasters are correct, Solar Cycle 25 sunspots will eventually dominate the solar disk, bringing a new Solar Maximum as early as 2023.
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Here's something that is not in the MSM news. I wonder why?

It just goes to show us that no matter the degree of technology, the planet is Still Vulnerable to Impactors.

Car-sized asteroid flew within 2,000 miles of Earth, the closest ever recorded, and NASA missed it!
It looks like the Oppenheimer Ranch Project(above) has been beaten in the space debris orbital danger to the planet.  This one is not car sized, but is 'house sized', so that puts it in a slightly bigger category.  And once again, this rock was never discovered prior to its passing by the planet.  And it was far closer than the other one: 238 miles instead of 2,000 miles. It could have taken out the International Space Station. WOW!

NASA: Expect a major asteroid strike in your lifetime

I suspect that there are going to be More of these things before humans are able to get a grip on the orbital dangers we face on a regular basis. 

House Size Asteroid Nearly Hits Earth, Skims Past the Atmosphere Undetected
SpaceX does it again! Reusables are becoming second nature for the space launches.

SpaceX launches classified US spy satellite, sticks rocket landing to cap record year

Watch: SpaceX Launches NROL-108 Mission on Falcon 9 Rocket | NBC News
Congiuntion of Jupiter and Saturn above the mountain Sfornioi of Cibiana di Cadore, Dolomiti, Italy
Taken by Alessandra Masi on December 20, 2020 @ Pieve di Cadore,Dolomiti, Belluno, Italy
Even some of their moons can be seen as well.  S22

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And here's yet one more, beautiful scene.

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I've always been a Huge Science Fiction sort of person: been reading Clarke, Azimov, and others as early as the late 50s.  And while I tend to take time off, I eventually wind up back in the universe beyond this planet.  So, I just caught this map of the Solar System, and spent a good deal of time tracing things. 

And to be honest, it has led me to be far more confused than I used to be.  Our solar system is Huge!  And one would have to study just that in order to get a good overall picture as to what we have orbiting our sun, much less the nearest suns. 


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This will get you an even bigger picture.
Here's the latest Space X accomplishment, and they are coming faster than I would have believed before. 

Quote:SpaceX breaks own record by landing a Falcon 9 rocket for the ninth time
Elon Musk sets yet another milestone in rocket recycling.

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