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Rumor is #NASA and #ESA want to “rename” Uranus!

Recently the Cosmic Cafe Show has been hearing rumblings from our contacts deep within #NASA that high-up NASA, ESA and China Space Officials are getting tired of Uranus being the “butt end” of jokes!

Our confidential contacts inform us that currently the project to rename Uranus is being officially denied by their superiors.

However, some contacts have indicated that this rumor has escalated within the past 6 weeks, after President Trump (@realDonaldTrump) issued his directive on February 19, 2019 for the formation of a new “Space Force”!

Here at the Cosmic Cafe we are certainly keeping our inquiries with our contacts active and endeavor to bring to you a future #CafePodcast featuring some of the leaked names that are being considered for the gaseous Uranus!

We would like to get your input, and of course since our contacts in NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) do anonymously read our posts, listen to our new Podcasts, and have watched our TV show for years – your suggestion might become the new name selected for Uranus! Who knows?! ūüôā

Astronaut Space Invaders

Inspired by the 1970s Space Invaders video game, a small and colorful mosaic has been found on the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

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The French artist known as Invader has established his urban alien artwork in more than 60 cities all over the world, including Rome, Paris, New York, Manchester, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. In 2012 he sent a mosaic into the stratosphere on a balloon.

Following the invasion of Earth orbit, these space invaders have been spotted not only in the… (Finish Reading on ESA)

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Mystery Mars Plume Astounds Astronomers!

Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.On two separate occasions in March and April 2012, amateur astronomers reported definite plume-like features developing on the planet.The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 250 km above the same region of Mars on both occasions. By comparison, similar features seen in the past have not exceeded 100 km.

‚ÄúAt about 250 km, the division between the atmosphere and outer space is very thin, so the reported plumes are extremely unexpected,‚ÄĚ says Agustin Sanchez-Lavega of the Universidad del Pa√≠s Vasco in Spain, lead author of the paper reporting the results in the journal Nature.

High-altitude plume on Mars

The features developed in less than 10 hours, covering an area of up to… Continue Reading On ESA Website

VIDEO OF EARTH’S EVER-CHANGING MAGNETIC FIELD

The animation below shows changes in Earth’s magnetic field from January 2014 to June 2014 as measured by ESA’s SWARM trio of satellites.

VIDEO LINK: http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/content/view/embedjw/435200

The magnetic field protects us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that bombard Earth, but it is in a permanent state of flux.

Magnetic north¬†wanders, and every few hundred thousand years the polarity flips so that a¬†compass would point south instead of north. Moreover, the strength of the¬†magnetic field constantly changes ‚Äď and it is currently showing signs of¬†significant weakening.

The field is particularly weak over the South Atlantic Ocean ‚Äď known as the¬†South Atlantic Anomaly. This weak field has indirectly caused many temporary¬†satellite ‚Äėhiccups‚Äô (called Single Event Upsets) as the satellites are¬†exposed to strong radiation over this area.

CREDIT:  ESA РORIGINAL  ARTICLE LINK