Uranus ring plane crossing tomorrow!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
15-08-2007 10:58 CDT
For the second time this year, Earth is crossing the ring plane of Uranus. I won't go in to much detail about this because I covered the Uranus ring plane crossings in detail in an April post. This crossing will take us back to the southern, sunlit side of the rings. I just exchanged emails with astronomer Imke de Pater, who is at the Keck observatory in Hawaii attempting to do observations through hurricanes (Flossie, which has just been downgraded to a tropical storm) and earthquakes (there was a magnitude 5.4 event 26 miles south of Hilo on Monday); I wish clear skies -- and no further earthquakes -- to all astronomers attempting to study this rare phenomenon!
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