Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

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Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:28 pm

Some 380,000 years after the Big Bang, the Universe had cooled sufficiently to allow for the formation of hydrogen atoms and light was therefore able to move across space.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090917-planck-first-light.html

Brilliantly, scientists at the European Space Agency have sent the Planck telescope up so that we can finally get a glimpse at the moment there was light, those 13 billion or so years ago.

Meanwhile, down on earth, a previously unknown dinosaur fossil has been recovered from the Black market

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/minime-trex-unearthed-in-china-1789433.html

The Raptorex is like a smaller T-rex.

And yesterday, 42 radiotelescopes were switched on, allowing us to listen to the universe much more effectively than before for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence.

http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090916/full/461324a.html

In this universe where there are far more galaxies than people (cheers Carl Sagan) and billions of suns in each galaxy, most of which probably have planets, it is quite likely that there is life out there.

Funny to think then that if there is life on one of the planets of one of the billions of suns in the NGC 3314 galaxy, that if they got their telescopes out and looked at us, they wouldn't see us at all...but little old Raptorex running around 125 million years ago.


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Water found on the moon

Post  Stanley on Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:51 am

....and we've found water on the moon.

Anyone fancy colonising it with me?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/space/article6846639.ece
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  NH Baritone on Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:41 am

Stanley wrote:....and we've found water on the moon.

Anyone fancy colonising it with me?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/space/article6846639.ece
Sorry, I enjoy diverse human culture a bit too intensely to devote myself whole-heartedly to a single project.

But the water story is really kewl!
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:12 am

Don't worry, we'd take lots of different people with us. If it's ok with you, I'll leave the BNP down here to fend for themselves though.
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  blacklens on Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:02 pm

Stanley wrote:....and we've found water on the moon.

Anyone fancy colonising it with me?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/space/article6846639.ece
I'm in! When are we leaving? alien
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:09 pm

blacklens wrote:I'm in! When are we leaving? alien

Well, just as soon as we find someone with a rocket.
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  jifrock on Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:44 pm

Here is a picture of my rocket. Can we go now?





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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  blacklens on Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:01 pm

Well, at least that rocket is 'green' and I'm happy to be kind to the environment if it's not too inconvenient. And I guess we could eat it if we run out of food. Or feed a rabbit with it... Anyone know how to make rabbit stew? albino
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:40 am

Rabbit is one of the animals I irrationally won't eat...or is it that I am irrationally eating the others?...anyway, I'm not sure we'll make it in that rocket. It would probably burn up on our way out off the atmosphere.


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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  blacklens on Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:22 am

I see no other alternative than to steal a proper rocket. I mean, how hard can it be? But I don't want to go in a modern space shuttle; I want a proper red and white rocket with fins and stuff like the one TinTin had.

And Stanley, I won't force you to eat rabbit. How about bacon? pig
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:43 am

Oh I'm all for bacon, spot of brown sauce, a nice granary bread. Lovely stuff.

I'm sort of wondering about getting a helicopter and making it airtight, bobbing a fair amount of fuel in it and setting off.
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Nicholas on Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:05 am

Stanley wrote:
blacklens wrote:I'm in! When are we leaving? alien

Well, just as soon as we find someone with a rocket.

I don't have a rocket, but my car goes really fast. We can just jump it off a sweet ramp right to the moon. Wink
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:39 am

Does it go at 88 mph*?


*Sorry, I just had to.
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  blacklens on Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:08 am

Nicholas wrote:I don't have a rocket, but my car goes really fast. We can just jump it off a sweet ramp right to the moon. Wink
Sweet! We're one step closer!

And Stanley - what's with the 88mph??
Embarassed *baring my ignorance, waiting for fact-slap in 3...2...1...*
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:04 am

blacklens wrote:
And Stanley - what's with the 88mph??

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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  blacklens on Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:12 am

*head desk*
Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:59 am

So, the LCROSS experiment seems to have surpassed all expectations in terms of science and underwhelmed dramatically in terms of entertainment for the layman.

In other news, I started my course on Life in the Universe and SETI today. Lovely, lovely stuff.
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Nicholas on Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:16 am

Why yes, it does go 88, as a matter of fact. My flux capacitor is on the blink, though. I have a new one on back-order.
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  blacklens on Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:36 pm

I really can't understand why 42 won't do it.
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Nicholas on Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:16 am

blacklens wrote:I really can't understand why 42 won't do it.

Because Doc Brown said so! Smile
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:03 am

Right, I'm just going to have to watch the trilogy of films one day soon. There's no other thing for it.

In other news, I am building a live show about Astronomy which is some way off yet but I think it will be very, very lovely. Here's one of my previous projects so you can get an idea of how I work


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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  blacklens on Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:55 pm

Stanley, you're f----ing amazing!! When will you do one of these live shows in Sweden? We're waiting! *arms crossed, foot tapping*
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Re: Astronomy: bloody lovely, really isn't it?

Post  Stanley on Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:18 am

Shucks.

Errrrm, I'm afraid it'll be 2012 at the earliest. I may actually seriously come back to you on that.
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