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  • mal 7 Dec 2017 19:31:01 28,662 posts
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    60 minutes? 90 minutes more like. I'm about half way through though, and it's held my interest this far.
  • Fake_Blood 7 Dec 2017 19:47:06 7,915 posts
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    Honestly I just try to get people to watch interesting space stuff, 60 minutes sounded more enticing ;)
    There is a q&a section at the end, and a dude that only talks in questions at the start?
  • Jonsend 10 Dec 2017 11:41:17 772 posts
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    Bought a telescope earlier this year, immediately saw Jupiter then no chance for anything in the summer months (unless I wanted to get up at 3am).

    Back into it and starting to find my way around the sky and managed to see Neptune and the M35 cluster. Can't wait until mars comes into view.

    This is looking over a city centre so light pollution etc but still so happy with the purchase.
  • Jyzzy-Z 11 Dec 2017 23:13:09 2,379 posts
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    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/11/astronomers-to-check-interstellar-body-for-signs-of-alien-technology

    I reckon this thing is looking for humpback whales
  • Fake_Blood 11 Dec 2017 23:23:10 7,915 posts
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    "The body is now about twice as far from Earth as the sun, but from that distance the Green Bank telescope can still detect transmissions as weak as those produced by a mobile phone."

    Yet if I stand in the wrong corner of my house I get no reception.
    FFS science, get your act together.
  • Jyzzy-Z 11 Dec 2017 23:24:32 2,379 posts
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    That's pretty fucking impressive if it can actually do that
  • Fake_Blood 11 Dec 2017 23:33:54 7,915 posts
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    The official press release said
    "‘Oumuamua is now about 2 astronomical units (AU) away, or twice the distance between Earth and the Sun. This is closer by a factor of 50-70 than the most distant human artifact, the Voyager I spacecraft. At this distance, it would take under a minute for the Green Bank instrument to detect an omnidirectional transmitter with the power of a cellphone."
  • Jyzzy-Z 11 Dec 2017 23:45:08 2,379 posts
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    Jaysus. That's pretty fucking cool.
  • ZuluHero 12 Dec 2017 00:27:04 5,969 posts
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    Jyzzy-Z wrote:
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/11/astronomers-to-check-interstellar-body-for-signs-of-alien-technology

    I reckon this thing is looking for humpback whales
    Obviously we're okay at the moment, but when it returns in the 23rd Century we're going to have a lot to answer for! ;)
  • telboy007 12 Dec 2017 08:57:28 2,156 posts
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    Nothing a slingshot round the sun won't fix.
  • mal 13 Dec 2017 03:11:31 28,662 posts
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    New NASA video using data provided by the Juno probe:



    Apparently it explains that the spot is a giant heat storm, twice the size of the earth. I can't make head not tail of the video other than to say it's hotter the further down you go.

    Also, apparently Jupiter's spitting out positively charged atoms at close to light speed. Presumably in practice they behave a little like fat alpha radiation so should get churned up by the atmosphere if the thing ends up pointed in this direction.
  • Fake_Blood 13 Dec 2017 04:00:40 7,915 posts
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    They need to fire the audio guy over at Nasa. I bet they could easily triple their funding if only they'd set all their videos to Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
  • Load_2.0 13 Dec 2017 08:33:32 25,870 posts
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    Great and who pays the mobile bill for that call? Probably just get the answer phone.

    John Q Public! That's who.

    Plus we'll probably get charged in Alien shekles as well. God knows what the exchange rate will be.

    Thanks for nothing NASA.
  • Immaterial 13 Dec 2017 22:03:09 2,214 posts
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    Geminid shower is up tonight.
    Seen 5 so far, and now I'm back inside because it's bloody freezing.
  • phAge 14 Dec 2017 11:40:44 25,239 posts
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    I've backed this, BTW.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/unistellar/evscope-100-times-more-powerful-than-a-classical-t

    Realise it won't be quite the same as watching a mirror reflecting ancient photions onto your retina, but hopefully the combination of light-gathering tech and ease of use will make up for it. Pretty excited. :)
  • Khanivor 14 Dec 2017 12:50:57 43,423 posts
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    Will it have cables for you to plug in?

    I must also say that the language on that page keeps getting so close to Nigerian prince of the type language that troubles come to me.

    Edited by Khanivor at 12:54:40 14-12-2017
  • phAge 14 Dec 2017 13:21:09 25,239 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Will it have cables for you to plug in?

    I must also say that the language on that page keeps getting so close to Nigerian prince of the type language that troubles come to me.
    Completely wireless! \o/

    The team is French, which might explain the occasionaly creative language - but they've already demonstrated several prototypes to the public, and are partnering with the SETI Institute, so I'm fairly sure it's all legit enough.
  • Fake_Blood 14 Dec 2017 14:07:34 7,915 posts
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    Really cool idea, but way above my budget considering the kickstarter risk factor.
  • phAge 14 Dec 2017 14:29:29 25,239 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    Really cool idea, but way above my budget considering the kickstarter risk factor.
    Managed to snag one of the $999 early birds (took all of four minutes before they were gone). Still a lot of money, but I'm yet to be burned by a Kickstarter, and the team seems pretty well established, so... I'll never be able to afford one at full price, so figured this was my chance.

    My missus got me a cheap-ish telescope for my b-day in April, and even just looking at the Moon is an amazing experience.
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