Unexplained space phenomena captured in photo of Saturn's rings


34 Responses to “Unexplained space phenomena captured in photo of Saturn's rings”

  1. Bazilisk says:

    Whatever it is, it is beautiful in its mystery. And of course it’s awesome how much it looks like a spacecraft, it fires the imagination, though if I had to bet I’d call it a comet with an odd trajectory.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s OBVIOUSLY a large ship full of small elephants.

  3. benher says:

    Ah! Um… er… pay no attention to the light behind Saturns Rings!… It’s only… er…

    hey! Look over there on the pole! A hexagon!

  4. wizardofplum says:

    So! that’s what happened to my pointy hat, he did it-he really,really did it! MERLIN,come here yer git!!

  5. ToddBradley says:

    All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landings there.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dang it, that was the asteroid we were to board once we left our human shells. No everyone’s gonna leave my cult.

  7. Muzhik says:

    I, for one, welcome our new Robot Overlords.

  8. ill lich says:

    “Space is deep.” — Hawkwind

  9. noen says:

    ToddBradley – Needs more comic sans.

  10. daev says:

    Looks more to me like it’s an icy body on the ring plane, as opposed to something moving through the ring plane. Notice that the debris trail is directly in line with the shadow. Saturn’s rings are almost directly edge on to the sun currently, so any large-ish body in the ring plane will cast a very long shadow. If the plume is due to outgassing of the body, solar radiation (even as feeble as it is that far out) will push it directly away from the sun like the tail of a comet. The brighter area “downwind” may simply be scattering of the plume as it interacts with the higher density of particles in that section of the rings.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s the Great Space Coaster.

  12. Anonymous says:

    is it just me or is that object happy to see me?

  13. Johnny Cat says:

    ToddBradley – Also needs more stationary monumentage.

  14. Daemon says:

    They forgot to turn the cloaking device on again.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Get off my ring lawn you damn kids!

  16. mdh says:


  17. iseethefnords says:

    That’s Phil Plait, BTW. He’s also the president of the James “The Amazing” Randi Educational Foundation.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Silly astronomers… it’s obvious that an alien spacecraft crashed into Saturn’s rings. Hope the aliens have OnStar.

  19. IWood says:

    Lessee…Jupiter gets hit…Saturn’s ring take a bash…my guess is that these are the vanguards of the long-period 65-million year swarm of tumbling space bits that will turn us all into a fatty layer in the geological record.

    Happy Monday.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I’m pretty sure that’s the Enterprise.

  21. robulus says:

    That’s Phil Plait, BTW. He’s also the president of the James “The Amazing” Randi Educational Foundation.

    Well what the hell is he doing bursting through the outer rings of Saturn? Someone better get him down, quick!

  22. Fred H says:

    How blown would your mind be if it actually turned out to BE a school bus.

  23. Vidya108 says:

    I’m pretty sure that’s the USS Enterprise hiding behind Saturn’s rings. Didn’t you guys see the movie?

  24. dculberson says:

    It’s the Concorde!

  25. Fred H says:

    Whoops, my bad. The probe is school-bus sized. No coffee yet.

  26. Iscah says:

    It’s the Silver Surfer, obviously.

  27. noen says:

    Obviously Saturn is giving us the finger.

  28. Anonymous says:

    It means we are going to be invaded by elephant like beasts in 16 years. (just read footfall by Niven and pournell)

  29. Akula971 says:

    No one would have believed, in the first years of the 21st century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space.
    No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.

    At midnight on the 10th of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Saturn and sped towards Earth. Across 1 400 000 000 km of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile, starting on its way.

    And that’s how it was for the next ten nights. A flare, spurting out from Saturn – bright green, drawing a green mist behind it – a beautiful, but somehow disturbing sight. Ogilvy, the astronomer, assured me we were in no danger. He was convinced there could be no living thing on that remote, forbidding planet.

    “The chances of anything coming from Saturn are a million to one,” he said.
    “The chances of anything coming from Saturn are a million to one – but still they come!”

    Jupiter gets a black spot, Venus a white one, and now things are happening around Saturn. 2012 here we come.

  30. Anonymous says:

    This is terrible news. Can the Millenium Falcon really have crashed into that asteroid? Or are they just hiding until the Imperial cruiser gives up the search?

    Tune in next week to find out!

  31. Ugly Canuck says:

    Akula971:got alink for the “white spot of Venus”?

    Thinking about two impacts observed in the thirty years since we got Voyager out to Jupiter: if that’s a normal rate – time and continued observation will tell – ie 2 hits per 33.3 years, say: six a century, sixty a millenium, 60,000 per million years, 600000 per 100 million years – then the extinction impacts on Earth would be – (those happened once every 250-300 million years, right?)- would be like, one for every 1,8 million Jupiter impacts…

    Maybe those ancients were on to something, worshipping Jupiter!

  32. Lobster says:


    …Well… could be.

  33. Spikeles says:

    @No4 Fred H:

    You know, there used to be a kids animated show on TV called The Magic Schoolbus.. And they used to fly around to all sorts of strange places.. and one of those happened to be… Space!


  34. Anonymous says:

    Oh crap, we’re gonna have elephant invaders in a short while. It’s FOOTFALL!!!

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