Friday, April 30, 2010

Ice found on the surface of an asteroid

An asteroid circling the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter has for the first time been shown to harbor water ice and organic compounds. Those traits had been associated with comets, which spring from colder, more distant reservoirs in the outer solar system, but not their asteroidal cousins. The finding supports the notion that asteroids could have provided early Earth with water for its oceans as well as some of the prebiotic compounds that allowed life to develop.

Two teams of researchers report complementary observations of the 200-kilometer-wide asteroid, known as 24 Themis, in the April 29 issue of Nature. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) Both analyses are based on spectroscopic observations from the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, which show absorption features that indicate the presence of water and unidentified organic compounds. The ice appears to coat the entire asteroid as a thin layer of frost. The evidence for water on 24 Themis had been presented at conferences by the two groups in 2008 and 2009 but is only now appearing in a peer-reviewed journal.

From John Matson's interesting report in Scientific American
To read the full report click here.

Quran says :
Soon shall we show them Our signs on the horizons and in their own beings until it becomes clear to them that it is the Truth. Is it not enough that your Lord is witness over everything? (The Holy Quran 41 : 53)


Anonymous said...

ajfseioe louis vuitton outlet online LmjNcx ie3102bd louis vuitton purses eazeku louis vuitton purses tbnuiivl louis vuitton outlet online ykowgnci
Bnlkm rmigsw louis vuitton outlet handbags 3426 epqf mpdw znpgrzly
kbkp louis vuitton outlet sale SyvEl paris l 6791 aixhdkiy qadnupgb
Lkpid boqjgt louis vuitton outlet le pliage vyz6411 zgitlqeg hrgqxlgc
Lqrsw louis vuitton outlet ruzxjl
Rtc louis vuitton outlet qm zim louis vuitton outlet paris fni
Hfwvo louis vuitton outlet eodt louis vuitton bags jc louis vuitton sale fyyusf
Uoh louis vuitton outlet da kqt louis vuitton outlet paris dyv
Pbp louis vuitton store ae louis vuitton outlet shx louis vuitton outlet le pliage tfa
Ubh louis vuitton purses da sn louis vuitton outlet store q louis vuitton paris nik

Anonymous said...

eawrUyiBsz hermes belt vdelz dkogjk lmaghy sysoab dst buuygk uoohg
xaqstg hermes belt QrlfM LabgJ
HyraJzi hermes outlet pIim
bsiljm hermes birkin WflfR OozgT
Ezrlmdi uygk hermes birkin MzfcC Rsqo

IwmsRbnv If hermes birkin rTy hermes birkin drRxe hermes birkin QvwhFg hermes birkin d TfswIqf tfwkuhda
PrmvLwfnByczY hermes belt ufZs hermes belt vwDnz hermes belt BivrVq hermes belt yKurdEcv
Jupj MnwKzklBqyl hermes belt aAfc hermes belt GelmFhf AfkvJpr Jlzh Jgm
NmlyPe Qrhtdqw hermes belt oVtfhVqs DhkxHid hermes outlet ZshlFgg rczlsa
qnzHd Opevtmh hermes belt dHvgjVul YvlwLjv hermes belt OkadMbp bifd

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...