Interesting Headlines for April 2010

In April, there has been talk about a massive storm taking place on Saturn that some aspiring astronomers have seen on Earth. A new discovery about dinosaurs that lived in the southern continents has been uncovered. Hidden archeology comes to life as scuba divers uncover clues to the past in the recent discovery of shipwrecks and downed planes under the water.

Snow Storm on Saturn

Whenever earthlings can look up into the sky and witness the activities of Outer Space, it’s something to share with the rest of the world. A huge blizzard is taking place on Saturn and it’s so large, that NASA astronomers and even amateur skywatchers can catch sight of the intense weather conditions from Earth. However, the best seat to the show is NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which is currently orbiting Saturn.

The spacecraft will be able to record the most detailed data concerning storms that take place on the ringed planet. The storm is violently taking place, sending a great deal of material from the deep parts of the atmosphere into flight. The storm is covering an area that is estimated as being at least five times larger than the biggest blizzard that struck Earth, which was dubbed “Snowmageddon” by Washington, D.C. residents.

T Rex Ancestors Found in Australia

In April, archeologists were still speaking of the recent discovery of evidence that the T-Rex once lived on southern continents. A hip bone has been found at Dinosaur Cove in Victoria, Australia, and has been identified as belonging to an ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex. Scientists from Cambridge, London and Melbourne that participated in research, will be able to connect the dots regarding theories associated with the evolutionary history of this group of dinosaurs.

Yet another question has been raised. Why were the tyrannosaurs of the north the only species to become the huge predators that we know as the T Rex? The bone that was found belongs to a much smaller species that lived earlier than the large T Rexs of the north.

Underwater Archeology Discovered

Archeologists not only dig in dirt, venture into tomb, and explore caves, but they also find puzzle pieces to the past under the world. In April, headlines highlighted the discovery of archeology located in Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary. Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteer scuba divers, the team measured and mapped shipwrecks, sunken airplanes and archeological sites found all over the ocean floor.

A diver mentioned that exploring shipwrecks is a unique experience that uncovers information about people who sailed on historic vessels. Sometimes, they lost their lives in the process, while others jumped ship and left behind whatever possessions or goods were contained in their transport. Shipwrecks show what people were eating and wearing during specific time periods. The intricacies of their technology also become apparent.