Discussion in 'Community' started by jp-30, Jul 16, 2010.
Space sailing yacht! Yeah, yeah, ftl, blah blah. I'll take a stl one too.
God of War.
[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:
In the wake of the space shuttle being grounded, there's a new Canadian space program.
How is he surviving in outer space with no space suit?
[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.
[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.
[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]
[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.
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.
To the best of my quick investigations, water wouldn't do that. Not spontaneously.
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.
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.
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.
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]
[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!
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.
Your Mom thought... (etc).
It's tonight, I believe. Pretty cloudy here right now, hoping it starts clearing up by this evening.
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.
Clouded out here.
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.