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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by crystalball » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:07

Has anyone managed to spot Jupiter in the last couple of nights? I keep falling asleep just as it's about to show up and then at 3am it's not in the same place anymore. Gah.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by Uncle Ants » Thu Sep 23, 2010 13:50

Mr Bear wrote:Oh my...

Superb vistas from reborn Hubble

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Those pictures are amazing.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by Damian » Thu Sep 23, 2010 13:56

Just had a look, those pictures are godsmackingly awesome.

There's always so many pics of space around, but the hubble ones are always fantastic. I love that even though I kind of know what space, and it's constituents, looks like it's never anything less than breathtakingly beautiful.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by gofelt » Thu Sep 23, 2010 14:24

Incredible pictures, aren't they?!! Hubble is up and running again - fantastic!
crystalball wrote:Has anyone managed to spot Jupiter in the last couple of nights? I keep falling asleep just as it's about to show up and then at 3am it's not in the same place anymore. Gah.
Tonight is the night! Harvest moon and Jupiter will be converging in a rare conjunction :-)
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by gofelt » Fri Jan 07, 2011 17:35

Curiosity is the next-gen Mars rover. It's main goal, to find out whether Mars was ever hospitable for microbial life. It's being built as we speak. And here's the proof :-)

Incredible, isn't it? Who would expect a webcam in NASA's JPL that allows you to watch the rover's construction and testing!
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Jan 07, 2011 19:21

okay, so that is kind of amazing! i have no idea what they are actually doing right now but it is quite addictive viewing.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by humblebee » Tue Mar 18, 2014 13:52

So who's going to interpret gravitational waves for us, then?

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by crystalball » Wed Jul 16, 2014 21:51

With a bit of work on the line breaks, this New York Times article would make a heartbreaking poem:

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by humblebee » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:08

So there's a new kind of drive thing for spaceships which shouldn't work but does, or something. An impossible space drive. Impossible is the best kind of anything, of course.

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/201 ... pace-drive

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by tonieee » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:46

humblebee wrote:So there's a new kind of drive thing for spaceships which shouldn't work but does, or something. An impossible space drive. Impossible is the best kind of anything, of course.

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/201 ... pace-drive
This article:

http://boingboing.net/2014/11/24/the-qu ... ess-s.html

has an explanation of how it works that I understand though I'm not clever enough at science to know how feasible it is.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by tonieee » Fri Feb 06, 2015 19:44

I like how on my way home from work at the moment that Mars is to the left of me and Jupiter's on the right. It gives me a lovely feeling of interplanetary symmetry.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by tonieee » Mon Feb 16, 2015 18:27

tonieee wrote:I like how on my way home from work at the moment that Mars is to the left of me and Jupiter's on the right. It gives me a lovely feeling of interplanetary symmetry.
Just realised it's Venus not Mars that I can see on my left. Mars is there too but a lot fainter. That was a bit of a cosmic faux pas.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by Gordon » Mon Feb 16, 2015 22:20

tonieee wrote:I like how on my way home from work at the moment that Mars is to the left of me and Jupiter's on the right.
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by tonieee » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:45

It turns out that the em drive we were discussing above might actually be a warp drive! If true then it is probably the most exciting thing I've ever heard in my whole life:

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/04/n ... arp-drive/

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by humblebee » Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:58

In news to cheer us all, the impossible space drive has now been tested and actually works. If they build a spacecraft powered by it, it could reach the moon in four hours.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science ... hours.html

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by This Is Helena » Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:29

This is my favourite bit of that article: 'scientists still have no idea how it actually works'. It's very pleasing for some reason.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by humblebee » Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:41

This Is Helena wrote:This is my favourite bit of that article: 'scientists still have no idea how it actually works'. It's very pleasing for some reason.
It is, isn't it? I wonder if that's because artists, philosophers, lovers – AND HEY, probably most people in their everyday lives – have to work around uncertainty all the time. We can't be sure about x, but we can't let that stop us reaching y; the time needed to resolve it is a luxury we can't afford, or perhaps the uncertainty even holds value in its own right. So it's nice to see scientists working around it too, rather than waiting around until everything's just so.

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