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One Tough Moon

Figuring out what happened to Uranus’s moon Miranda is going to keep astrogeologists busy for some time. A close encounter with another moon? Some cataclysm early in the moon’s history? A cold and battered moon, a distant planet, something to ponder in the quiet of winter…  RT

  1. M
    November 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Looks like dabs of paint!

  2. November 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    M: the Universe as artist… RT

  3. aubrey
    November 19, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Very elegant destruction! It looks like the moon was carved out of petrified wood.

    • November 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      aubrey: wow! I hadn’t thought of it that way…now it makes me think of concrete that was poured into sawn oak contains to harden, then used in building (as at the Morris Mechanic Theater in Baltimore)… a very 70s (and beautiful) thing… RT

  4. November 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    There are so many mysteries in space. We may never know what happened to the poor moon.

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