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

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

  1. Lord Vivec Chosen One

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  2. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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

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  4. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Asteroid passed with 40k miles of Earth

    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 Administrator Emeritus

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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 Chosen One

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

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  10. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    Very cool time lapse 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 Manager Emeritus

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  12. Ghost Chosen One

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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.

    Wow.
  13. Lowbacca_1977 Force Ghost

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

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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 Force Ghost

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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 Force Ghost

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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 Force Ghost

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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.

    Skywatching calendar for 2012
  18. Mortimer_Snerd Jedi Grand Master

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  19. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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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 Force Ghost

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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 Manager Emeritus

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

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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 FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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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 Chosen One

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  25. timmoishere Force Ghost

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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. :(