last month at the dotAstronomy 5 conference in boston, someone pointed out to me the existence of bewbsinspace.tumblr.com. that's right. how had i not heard of this before?!?
for this installment of dirty space news, we explore one of the elusive female components of the universe. do you see it?
this graph was created by amateur astronomer scotty degenhardt and shows how light from jupiter's moon, Io, changes over time. Io's orbital path around jupiter holds a puffed ring of dusty material. this graph shows Io "self-eclipsing," which happens when its atmosphere blocks light scattered from its own torus, producing the attractive curve shown above.
|finally - some female DSN! (Credit: Scotty Degenhardt)|