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Unread postby selenahill21 » Tue 30 Dec 2014, 09:15:02

Interesting but terrifying!
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Unread postby agramante » Sun 07 Jun 2015, 19:42:10

The initial scenario reminds me a little bit of that plot premise in the (moderately bad, in my opinion) sequel The Ringworld Engineers, where the galaxy is due to be fried by the radiation from a series of supernovas in the core, necessitating the construction of Ringworld as a sort of refuge millions of light years away.
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Unread postby clif » Mon 08 Jun 2015, 20:46:28

Yes over two years away, but very cool if you can get to see it;

25 facts you should know about the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse

http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/b/astronomy ... lipse.aspx

And just like the triple crown winning horse, this hasn't happened in the US in 38 years (when it does happen.)

Time to plan to see it;

Especially if you live about 1 hours drive from the path of totality, like I do. I plan on being somewhere north of Nashville on that day.
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Unread postby Tanada » Sat 11 Jul 2015, 14:45:04

Anyone besides me notice that the Pluto probe is nearly at its closest approach?

http://time.com/3954477/nasa-pluto-new-horizons-planet/
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Unread postby dohboi » Sat 11 Jul 2015, 22:02:33

Would anyone at all even begin to notice if we had not once called this glob one of the only nine planets in the solar system? Now it's like--oh, a monitor is going close to some random clod somewhere out there in the cosmos....

Who the f cares??? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Unread postby dohboi » Tue 14 Jul 2015, 10:23:29

https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/p ... =1&theater

Clearest picture yet, and about as close as we're going to get, probably ever.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14 ... tery-world
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Unread postby Keith_McClary » Wed 15 Jul 2015, 14:24:46

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Unread postby dolanbaker » Wed 15 Jul 2015, 14:57:29

Was just about to post this, I will post it anyway ;)

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Unread postby Synapsid » Wed 15 Jul 2015, 17:03:41

dohboi,

Check today's xkcd.
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Unread postby dohboi » Wed 15 Jul 2015, 23:28:38

Thanks for the laughs, dol and syn.

I'm surprised I haven't heard of anyone recognizing the face of Baby Jesus in there somewhere!
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Unread postby Tanada » Thu 16 Jul 2015, 07:45:44

Elvis, somebody must see Elvis?
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Unread postby dohboi » Thu 16 Jul 2015, 14:57:44

LOL...Keep lookin'...I'm sure he's in there somewhere:

http://www.livescience.com/51571-pluto- ... hotos.html

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Unread postby Synapsid » Thu 16 Jul 2015, 16:48:17

Tanada,

Elvis? Don't be silly.

I did find Waldo, though.
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Unread postby Tanada » Fri 17 Jul 2015, 07:11:34

Synapsid wrote:Tanada,

Elvis? Don't be silly.

I did find Waldo, though.


Different strokes for different folks LOL

The human brain is hard wired to make shapes out of random materials, from clouds, to craters, to faces dimly seen in darkness or mist. It can make for some really jarring double takes.
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Unread postby dohboi » Tue 21 Jul 2015, 17:43:20

http://news.yahoo.com/photos-pluto-moon ... ef=Default

New Photos of Pluto Moons Nix and Hydra Show Best Views Yet
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Unread postby Keith_McClary » Sat 25 Jul 2015, 11:51:26

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From the NASA announcement today:

New Horizons scientists use enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. When close-up images are combined with color data from the Ralph instrument, it paints a new and surprising portrait of the dwarf planet. The “heart of the heart,” Sputnik Planum, is suggestive of a source region of ices. The two bluish-white “lobes” that extend to the southwest and northeast of the “heart” may represent exotic ices being transported away from Sputnik Planum.

Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).
http://boingboing.net/2015/07/24/nasa-u ... -fals.html
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Unread postby Keith_McClary » Thu 06 Aug 2015, 00:42:19

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This image shows the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera and telescope, and the Earth - one million miles away. Credit: Credits: NASA/NOAA
http://phys.org/news/2015-08-million-mi ... -moon.html
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