Saturday, August 19, 2006

I Heart Phoebe

Phoebe, the 32nd moon of Saturn, is my favorite object in our solar system. Little Phoebe has a unique personality and definitely marches to a different drummer. While all the other 31 moons are clustered around Saturn, Phoebe's orbit is four times farther out than that of the next outermost moon, Iapetus. Here's the best part: While all the other moons rotate in a counter-clockwise motion, dear Phoebe orbits clockwise in retrograde motion.

Phoebe is a rebel. An independent spirit. A free-thinker.

Back when our solar system was forming 4.5 billion years ago, a bunch of asteroids moved far past the orbit of Pluto to form the Kuiper belt. But not Phoebe. She selflessly remained behind just for our amusement.

Isn't that sweet? Our world could definitely use more people like Phoebe.


At 5:30 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

I heart Phoebe now, too! She's adorable.

At 10:42 PM , Anonymous The Hag :) said...

Awww, I do, too! *grin*


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