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(Daily Mail)   Close-up of Uranus reveals massive winds. Do we really need a punchline here?   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 26
    More: Interesting, Uranus, planets, Keck Observatory, outer planets, magnetosphere, giant planets, wind shears, ring systems  
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2012-10-19 10:01:37 AM  
'Scuse me.
 
2012-10-19 10:09:00 AM  
uranus wind stinks
 
2012-10-19 10:12:47 AM  
This is fairly impressive, but don't our jet streams get up to a couple/few hundred miles per hour?
 
2012-10-19 10:12:55 AM  
How much do they weigh then?
 
2012-10-19 10:15:14 AM  
TFA:Large weather systems, which are probably much less violent than the storms we know on Earth, behave in bizarre ways on Uranus, said Larry Sromovsky

On a planet with an inclination of 77 degress? The more of a tilt a planet has, the most violent the seasons. With a 77 degree tilt, Uranus has some farking weird seasons, and, being so cold, also probably has one of the strangest weather systems of any of the Gas Giants in the solar system.
 
2012-10-19 10:20:31 AM  
Methane gas storm? Didn't know there was a Taco Bell out that way.
 
2012-10-19 10:59:54 AM  
+1 for the nice delivery subby, now open a window.
 
2012-10-19 11:10:21 AM  
Kill Hitler.
Break out the red pen on the draft of the US Constitution and mark "clarify."
See if there really was a Jesus.
Domesticated and ride a velociraptor.

These are common time traveling goals.

Not me though, I'd smack some sense into Johann Bode and say, "Pontus would be a better choice!"

/but not Gaia, the latter 20th Century will wreck that one too
 
2012-10-19 11:11:16 AM  

Odd Bird: +1 for the nice delivery subby, now open a window.


Came to say that. Another +1 for the window comment.
 
2012-10-19 11:13:11 AM  
FTA:

"The new Keck II pictures of the planet, according to Sromovsky, are the 'most richly detailed views of Uranus yet obtained by any instrument on any observatory."

I think Hustler magazine beat them to most detailed pictures of Uranus a long time ago.
 
2012-10-19 11:21:13 AM  
I'm glad scientists removed that joke once and all be renaming it to urectum.
 
2012-10-19 11:22:24 AM  
Star Trek Homoerotic Slash Fiction Theater Presents
Winds of Uranus

Starring
Capt. James T. Kirk
Mr. Spock


Special Guest
Montgomery Scott
 
2012-10-19 12:02:51 PM  
Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all..
Fry: Oh. What's it called now?
Farnsworth: Urectum.
 
2012-10-19 12:04:23 PM  

Odd Bird: +1 for the nice delivery subby, now open a window.


It was a good headline, but the second sentence was completely unnecessary. A short, punchy, witty hed almost undone by unfunny self-reference. I give it a plus-one-half.
 
2012-10-19 12:34:12 PM  

angstycoder: I'm glad scientists removed that joke once and all be renaming it to urectum.


blast!

came to say this... heh heh heh, blast.
 
2012-10-19 01:39:20 PM  
That headline is remarkable.
 
2012-10-19 01:54:54 PM  
Close up, eh? Someone's butting their nose into Uranus.
 
2012-10-19 02:05:34 PM  
dilbert.com
 
2012-10-19 02:06:58 PM  

RumsfeldsReplacement: [dilbert.com image 625x189]


And that's how I chose my Fark name
 
2012-10-19 02:07:39 PM  
Did anyone check for Klingons around Uranus?
 
2012-10-19 04:51:11 PM  

Farkomatic: This is fairly impressive, but don't our jet streams get up to a couple/few hundred miles per hour?


Couple hundred mph in a few places, versus an entire planet whose winds are near the speed of sound.

I'm guessing the speed of sound in Uranus' (Can we start calling it Ouranos?) atmosphere is pretty low, given the extreme low temperatures and low density of its component gases, so the winds might actually be sonic or supersonic in places.
 
2012-10-19 04:57:11 PM  
It is a gas giant.
 
2012-10-19 05:29:01 PM  
Researchers say the atmosphere is almost equal to Neptune's as the coldest in our solar system with cloud-top temperatures in the minus 360-degree Fahrenheit range, cold enough to freeze methane.

Frozen farts.
 
2012-10-19 06:13:21 PM  

myimagine18: Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all..
Fry: Oh. What's it called now?
Farnsworth: Urectum.


came for this, left satisfied.
 
2012-10-19 10:12:46 PM  
The most boring planet says the article? The planet spins bloody sideways, it's like the drunk uncle of the system.
 
2012-10-20 05:37:27 AM  

FunkOut: The most boring planet says the article? The planet spins bloody sideways, it's like the drunk uncle of the system.


I came here to say the same thing. Since when was Uranus boring? Second-most impressive ring system, everything is tilted, and it has it's own collection of unique moons:

www.daviddarling.info

(they all do, actually)

What Uranus might sound like.

IMO Mercury is the boring planet. Lump of rock circling the sun. Beh. Only way to make it cool would be to put it in orbit around Venus.
 
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