There’s a new addition to the neighborhood!
NASA researchers have discovered an object whose orbit is beyond the known edge of our solar system. The possible dwarf planet’s orbit stretches farther than Pluto and beyond Sedna, which was previously believed to be farthest object in the solar system.
This discovery shows scientists that the outer-limits of the solar system are not the “vast wasteland” they were once thought to be, and there is much more out there to explore.
Image description: A scientist from the Minerals Management Service surveys the German U-boat U-701 during the Battle of the Atlantic Expedition Summer 2008 off the coast of North Carolina.
The 2008 summer expedition was the first part of a larger multi-year project to research and document a number of historically significant shipwrecks tragically lost during WWII. The project is dedicated to raising awareness of the war that was fought so close to the American coastline and to preserving our nation’s maritime history.
Photo from NOAA.
From Smithsonian Magazine:
X-Ray Art: A Deeper Look at Everyday Objects
by Megan Gambino
Images by Hugh Turvey, Artist in Residence, The British Institute of Radiology
Hugh Turvey calls one of his earliest images Femme Fatale. Using an x-ray, he scanned his wife’s foot in a dangerously high stiletto.
“I think we all understand that your foot is going through quite a lot when it is in a stiletto, but to actually physically see it and to see the angle of the bones,” says the British artist. He completes his thought, I imagine, with a shiver. “Not only do you have this distorted foot, but you have these small nails that were in the actual construction of the shoe. It just looked like a torture device.”
See more of Turvey’s images and read more about his work at Smithsonian.com.
Image description: Meet and talk with scientists, weather forecasters and hurricane hunter pilots and others who work to understand our environment, protect life and property, and conserve and protect natural resources at NOAA’s open house.
The event will be Saturday, Feb. 15, at NOAA’s location in Silver Spring, Md.
There will be free activities, including engaging guest presentations, interactive exhibits, and hands-on activities for ages 5 and up, and early birds get a chance to take a tour of the National Weather Service’s Operations Center and NOAA Exploration Command Center.
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