JCC The All-New, All-Different JCC Astronomy Thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by jp-30, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Lowbacca_1977 Force Ghost

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    Oh, this is news, just not for the reason under discussion. This is an indication that Kepler can, indeed, find earth-sized planets. It's supposed to, but this is the first one it's actually found.
  2. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Another Eye Of Sauron

    [image=http://www.naoj.org/Pressrelease/2011/12/29/fig.jpg]

    The ring you see there is twice the size of our solar system.
  3. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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  5. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    As a result, summer is in full swing south of the equator even as northerners are bracing for a long winter.

    NO!!
  6. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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  7. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    I've started to take a stronger interest in astronomy thanks to both the Star Walk app on my iPad and, more importantly, the curiosity of my elder daughter. We've had one or two clear nights per week of late, and with the relatively early sunsets, we've gotten a pretty good night sky (especially Orion) as early as 6pm, ie, well before her bed time. Too bad for her, the view got even better later on last night, pretty sure I spotted the Orion nebula.

    Question: Rather than get a telescope (not ready to shell out the cash for a really good one at this point) I was looking into getting binoculars. Any recommendations? I'd like to stay undeer ?200 (US$250, BGP170)? Thanks.
  8. Everton Chosen One

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    15x70 binoculars are best for astronomy.
  9. Ghost Chosen One

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    Russian scientist claims signs of life on Venus

    I don't think that's really something you can tell from photographs. But life on Venus shouldn't be completely dismissed either. Yeah, most life on Earth wouldn't survive a second on Venus, but that doesn't mean life can't exist there. Life on Earth has shown itself to be extremely adaptive, it could have evolved on Venus, not all life has to be so similar to terrestrial life.
  10. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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  11. Everton Chosen One

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    Life could adapt to exist in the conditions on Venus, but wouldn't it still have needed the right conditions to begin in the first place?... the likes of which Venus - due to it's proximity to the Sun - might never have had.
  12. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    The proximity of Venus to the Sun would only be a part of its problems. Venus has like 5 to 10 times the number of volcanoes as Earth. It's all a big runaway. Off the top of my head I dod not know that its volcanoes are currently active as I never hear about eruptions on Venus though I suppose they can be difficult to observe.

    Venus actually sits inside the habitable zome of the Sun, as does Mars. It is possiblt that Venus may have benefited from being a bit futher away but I don't know that it would have been much more Earth-like.
  13. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    lol
  14. Everton Chosen One

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    [image=http://1000awesomethings.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/scorpion-mortal-kombat.jpg]
  15. Lowbacca_1977 Force Ghost

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    That is a horrible argument in favour of life. In particular, I'm skeptical of anything that wants to claim something as recognizable as "scorpion".
  16. DantheJedi Force Ghost

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    What life on Venus might look like:

    [image=http://images.wikia.com/memoryalpha/en/images/e/e1/Tholian_pilot.jpg]
  17. Everton Chosen One

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    Good chance of auroras at unusually southerly latitudes tomorrow night.
  18. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    There's been a chance of Auroras as far south as Austria the past few nights, apprently, but one problem -- no break in the cloud cover since the end of last week. Supposed to clear up tomorrow night, I'll keep my fingers crossed.
  19. Everton Chosen One

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    Still a strong possibility of aurora in the UK this evening, but unfortunately the whole country seems to be blanketed by cloud.
  20. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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  21. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    I'm very disappointed, one of the good things with living quite far north is the chance to see auroras, but this time it's been cloudy and snowy the whole time. So I haven't seen a thing.
  22. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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  23. Everton Chosen One

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    Get the yacht first, and then think about your next purchase.
  24. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    [image=http://application.denofgeek.com/images/m/75spaceships/main/Geonesis_solar_sailor.jpg]
  25. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    VLM FTL