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(Wired)   Astronomers discover adolescent galaxies, characterized by a high number of moons   (blog.wired.com) divider line
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2008-11-25 08:03:37 AM  
Bravo, subby.

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2008-11-25 08:16:00 AM  
That's no moon...
 
2008-11-25 09:15:09 AM  
that's uranus!!
 
2008-11-25 09:19:48 AM  
Do they get yelled at by the older neighboring galaxies to stay off their lawns?
 
2008-11-25 09:26:21 AM  
I came in here to check if the headline was actually a joke or not.

/well played
 
2008-11-25 09:43:46 AM  
The adolescent galaxy is the one trying to peek under it's neighbor galaxy's dust skirt to see it's black hole.

The adolescent galaxy gets embarrased when it gets an unexpected pulsar.

The adolescent galaxy has spiral arms that are too long for its body.

The adolescent galaxy wakes up to discover it had a burst of star formation in the night.

The adolescent galaxy is fascinated by its neighbor's globular clusters.

The adolescent galaxy gets moody because of all the dark matter. If people don't start paying attention, it might make cuts on its spiral arms.

Oh, and:

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Galactic Butsects?
 
2008-11-25 10:09:53 AM  

PirateKing: The adolescent galaxy is the one trying to peek under it's neighbor galaxy's dust skirt to see it's black hole.

The adolescent galaxy gets embarrased when it gets an unexpected pulsar.

The adolescent galaxy has spiral arms that are too long for its body.

The adolescent galaxy wakes up to discover it had a burst of star formation in the night.

The adolescent galaxy is fascinated by its neighbor's globular clusters.

The adolescent galaxy gets moody because of all the dark matter. If people don't start paying attention, it might make cuts on its spiral arms.

Oh, and:

Galactic Butsects?


There's got to be a "black hole has no hair" joke in there somewhere.
 
2008-11-25 10:15:39 AM  

jack21221: There's got to be a "black hole has no hair" joke in there somewhere.


I got a brazillian of 'em.
 
2008-11-25 10:35:41 AM  
Could someone explain it to the people who don't get it?

/please?
 
2008-11-25 10:49:15 AM  

mantidor: Could someone explain it to the people who don't get it?

/please?


Younger galaxies have higher proportions of younger, bluer (hotter) stars. They also tend to have better-defined spiral arms, where new star formation takes place.

Older galaxies have more old, red stars. They also tend to have less internal structure, due to gravitational stresses or other major events, and are therefore more elliptical and fuzzy. Old galaxies don't have as much new star formation.

They've started noticing what look like old, red galaxies, but with spiral arms like a young galaxy. Something has slowed down the formation of new stars. So they think that these are a kind of transitional form.
 
2008-11-25 10:50:21 AM  
Of course 'young' and 'old' are relative terms.

13.7 billion years young!
 
2008-11-25 11:58:20 AM  
Ok I don't know if you are being facetious or not, but my doubt is about the joke in the headline.

/English not my first language, so I don't know.
//Facetious is among the three fancy english words I use.
 
2008-11-25 12:16:54 PM  

mantidor: Ok I don't know if you are being facetious or not, but my doubt is about the joke in the headline.

/English not my first language, so I don't know.
//Facetious is among the three fancy english words I use.


Ah. Sadly, English IS my first language.

FYI: moon/moons/mooning = juvenile behavior of exposing the buttocks as a prank. Usually out of a window or to passing traffic. Occasionally FROM passing traffic.
 
2008-11-25 12:32:55 PM  

mantidor: Ok I don't know if you are being facetious or not, but my doubt is about the joke in the headline.

/English not my first language, so I don't know.
//Facetious is among the three fancy english words I use.


While a moon is an object orbiting a planet, there is also a slang use as well: to "moon" someone means to expose your bare butt to them. This is the sort of immature behavior expected from teenagers, so since these galaxies are being described as adolescent... there's your joke.

De nada.
 
2008-11-25 12:48:00 PM  
I submitted and got greenlit on this about one year ago. My title was not as funny as Subby's, though.

Just kinda freaky though how the internet is attacking memory. We are losing our memory. Stories get recycled over and over because we have forgotten them.
 
2008-11-25 01:30:27 PM  
I had assumed the joke was comparing moons to zits.
 
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