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

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

  1. Lord Vivec

    Lord Vivec Chosen One star 8

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    ASTRONOMY thread.
     
  2. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    Space sailing yacht! Yeah, yeah, ftl, blah blah. I'll take a stl one too.
     
  3. WormieSaber

    WormieSaber Jedi Master star 5

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    God of War.
     
  4. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    [link=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46155814/ns/technology_and_science-space/]Asteroid passed with 40k miles of Earth[/link]

    Also, I love this pic from that page:

    [image=http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Slideshows/_production/ss-111221-yisp/ss-111221-yisp-01.grid-8x2.jpg]
     
  5. Raven

    Raven Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    In the wake of the space shuttle being grounded, there's a new Canadian space program.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQwLmGR6bPA
     
  6. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    How is he surviving in outer space with no space suit?
     
  7. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    [link=http://io9.com/5881819/nearby-super+earth-might-be-the-predators-real+life-home-planet]red dwarf habitable planet[/link]

    An orital period of a single month, yet ideal for water.
     
  8. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    [link=http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/scale_of_the_universe_2012]Scale of the universe flash[/link]

    There is some kind of audio cartoon pop up that kept skipping while I looked at this.
     
  9. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    [link=http://gizmodo.com/5884206/the-pillars-of-creation-were-actually-destroyed-before-we-discovered-them]The Pillars Of Creation, destroyed before we ever saw them.[/link]

     
  10. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    [link=http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/21/new-time-lapse-gives-rare-glimpse-at-atacamas-starry-nights/]Very cool time lapse [/link]from the European Southern Observatory in Chile. So many stars that it's hard to make anything out. Orion very clearly visible at around 1:58, even the nebula is clearly visible.
     
  11. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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  12. Ghost

    Ghost Chosen One star 7

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    Astronomers find a very strange planet... that's half the size of Neptune but also only half as dense as Earth... that's abundant in water... with the temperature around 450 degrees F, but the strength of gravity keeping that water in liquid or solid form... a planet where the water/steam can spontaneously flow uphill.

    [link=http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2107544,00.html]Wow.[/link]
     
  13. Lowbacca_1977

    Lowbacca_1977 Jedi Master star 6

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    To the best of my quick investigations, water wouldn't do that. Not spontaneously.
     
  14. DarthLowBudget

    DarthLowBudget Jedi Master star 5

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    I think its supposed to be superfluid H2O or something. And the bulk of the planet and its atmosphere is supposedly made of water. And there isn't any firmly defined surface of the water. This is all in theory, of course.
     
  15. timmoishere

    timmoishere Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    It's been really neat watching the night sky lately, with five planets being visible throughout the night (though not all at the same time). Jupiter and Venus are really close together at the moment, and it looks like they will become aligned within the next few weeks.
    [image=http://en.es-static.us/upl/2012/03/12Mar01_430.jpg]

     
  16. Lowbacca_1977

    Lowbacca_1977 Jedi Master star 6

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    Conjunction coming, March 15th.

    Back on the water thing: water still wouldn't spontaneously flow uphill from what I can tell. It would do some weird surface tension things, but that's not spontaneous.
     
  17. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    The Venus Jupiter conjunction has been pretty amazing already. Also, later in the month you'll still have them very close and a nice big crescent moon passing by.

    [link=http://www.space.com/14085-12-amazing-skywatching-events-2012.html]Skywatching calendar for 2012[/link]
     
  18. Mortimer_Snerd

    Mortimer_Snerd Jedi Knight star 6

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    [link=http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white]A super fun interactive demonstration of the scale of the universe.[/link]

    I almost started a thread for this, but I figured this one was good enough. Have fun!

     
  19. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [image=http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/dating-fails-dating-fails-plutos-still-a-little-bitter.png]
     
  20. Lowbacca_1977

    Lowbacca_1977 Jedi Master star 6

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    Technically, it's not that Pluto isn't big enough, it's that Pluto wasn't dominant. So, it's not about the size, it's about how you use it.
     
  21. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Your Mom thought... (etc).
     
  22. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    It's tonight, I believe. Pretty cloudy here right now, hoping it starts clearing up by this evening.
     
  23. Obi Anne

    Obi Anne FF manager Celebrations star 8 Manager

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    The conjunction is very beautiful and we have a clear sky here. I think that's only fair though since we've managed to have snowfall everytime there's been a good chance of seeing the polar lights this winter.
     
  24. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    Clouded out here. :(
     
  25. timmoishere

    timmoishere Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    We had some clear skies in the west in the late afternoon here, but by the time the sun set, the clouds had rolled in. No conjunction for me. :(