I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

For me, no planet invites more wonder or stirs the imagination like Saturn. I live in the Pacific Northwest, so have have no interest in exploring Venus and its perpetually overcast skies. I get enough of that at home. Mars has been the subject of so much literature and sci fi, both bad and good, it is over done, Sure Jupiter has a big anti-cylconic storm that has been blowing for centuries, let the weather man go visit that. Saturn looks like a place where there is something to do.

Just maybe some alien prankster has gotten bored with crop circles and found another way to entertain him, her, its self.

Strange Objects Punching Holes Through Saturn’s Outer Ring:

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has revealed mysterious kilometer-sized objects that punch through Saturn’s chaotic and ever-changing F ring, leaving trails of ice behind them.

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The objects pierce the planet’s thin ring at a gentle speed of just two meters per second, and then drag glittering ice particles out into space. The trails are typically 40 to 180 kilometers long. Astronomers are calling the ice trails “mini-jets.”

Cassini imaging team member Carl Murray, based at Queen Mary University of London, said in a press release that the jets unlock some secrets of the curious F ring.

“These latest Cassini results go to show how the F ring is even more dynamic than we ever thought. The F ring region is like a bustling zoo of objects from a kilometer in size to moons like Prometheus a hundred kilometers in size, creating a spectacular show.”

Astronomers have known that large objects like moons Prometheus and Pandora can create channels, ripples and sticky snowballs in the F ring. What they didn’t know, is what happened to these snowballs after they were created. These trails are good evidence that some balls survive, grow and, in their differing orbits, go on to strike through the F ring on their own.

Murray’s group first saw a tiny trail in an image from January 2009. They then went back through the last seven years of Cassini images to see if the phenomenon was frequent. It took some looking — the F ring has a circumference of 881,000 kilometers — but in 20,000 images the team found 500 examples of rogue objects blazing trails.

“Beyond just showing us the strange beauty of the F ring, Cassini’s studies of this ring help us understand the activity that occurs when solar systems evolve out of dusty disks that are similar to, but obviously much grander than, the disk we see around Saturn,” said Linda Spilker, a Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in the release.

I have wondered, if you could perfectly map the position of the objects in Saturn’s rings, then encode that map onto a CD or a DVD, what message from a lost elder alien race might be revealed? The secrets of the Universe, the Encyclopedia Galactica, Or just the message “what did you waste your time with this for?”

Yes, I think things like this.

I know.

  • Ophu

    Maybe it says “Your mother mates out of season”?

  • Jon

    be cool if they did decode the pattern and it turned out it was the song ‘bohemian rhapsody’ by queen

  • Clearly, it will say “The secret of life, the universe and everything is… [continues in the next planet]”.

  • Venus is much too hot. You can set up shop on Saturn and not have to worry about the huge air conditioning bills each month with temps a balmy 138 Kelvin. ‘Course, movement’s going to be slow and sluggish. You’ll probably expend 38 thousand calories trying to raise that glass to your lips.

  • Ophu

    Ziggy played guitar, jammin’ good with Weird and Gilly
    And the Spiders from Mars, he played it left hand
    But made it too far
    Became the special man, then we were Ziggy’s baaand…

  • Could easily be meteorites (however small) entering through the ring as there is obviously enough gravity to hold the ring in place.
    I think crop circles are alien writing and it says (in many different alien languages): Been here, no intelligent life found!