Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Happy Birthday, all!

A number of people were born today, including Emmanuel Ax, in 1949 - I love his playing; Francis Crick, in 1916, who helped discover DNA; John W Campbell, in 1910, arguably the greatest influence on science fiction ever; and Giovanni Domenico Cassini, in 1625, who discovered the Cassini Gap in the rings of Saturn, the broad black band in the 2004 Hubble telescope's picture below...

2004 Hubble telescope picture of Saturn

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At 8:29 AM, June 08, 2011 Anonymous Mark had this to say...

Have you ever seen the rings of Saturn through a telescope. A friend set one up a few years ago when Saturn was in a very good viewing position and orientation. It looks like a Christmas ornament. It's hard to believe that it's actually there.

At 9:12 AM, June 08, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I have, once. It certainly looks ... unreal.


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