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(Discover)   Scientists see the far side of the Sun for the first time, spot cows standing up, giant insects, blah blah blah Ginger   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line 55
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2011-02-06 02:36:16 PM  
Bummer of a sunspot dude.
 
2011-02-06 02:38:45 PM  
We'll finally get to see the dark side of the sun.
 
2011-02-06 02:45:14 PM  
Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.
 
2011-02-06 03:00:44 PM  
Gingers have no souls.
 
2011-02-06 03:13:41 PM  
The sun's sportin' one hell of a crack, there.
 
2011-02-06 03:23:29 PM  
Can I be excused from this thread? My brains full
 
2011-02-06 03:31:53 PM  

marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.


You graduated from the Midvale School for the Gifted, didn't you?
 
2011-02-06 03:49:19 PM  

marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.


www.cisga.org
 
2011-02-06 04:02:41 PM  
Mind you, the STEREO spacecraft reached their 180° separation today, and this image was taken just before that happened. The black line represent the small amount of solar real estate still invisible to the twin probes last week,

Well until you can prove otherwise, that black line is Jesus.
 
2011-02-06 04:08:39 PM  

St_Francis_P: We'll finally get to see the dark side of the sun.


Isn't that the side we see at night?
 
2011-02-06 04:10:58 PM  
"Now this end is called the Thagomizer, named after the late Thag Simmons."
 
2011-02-06 05:06:24 PM  
Really not worth the trip.

farm2.static.flickr.com
 
2011-02-06 05:08:58 PM  
I see The Dark Side of the Moon at least once a week.

I SEE IT.
 
2011-02-06 05:10:50 PM  
Wow. It looks totally like the other side. Almost like its a sphere or something.
 
2011-02-06 05:15:11 PM  
Pretty cool really.
 
2011-02-06 05:24:37 PM  
Where's Nibiru?
 
2011-02-06 05:31:15 PM  

ne2d: marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.

You graduated from the Midvale School for the Gifted, didn't you?


I get that joke and I still don't know why we don't see all of the sun. It isn't like the moon, is it?
 
2011-02-06 05:38:38 PM  

mat catastrophe: ne2d: marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.

You graduated from the Midvale School for the Gifted, didn't you?

I get that joke and I still don't know why we don't see all of the sun. It isn't like the moon, is it?


RTFA
 
2011-02-06 05:39:31 PM  

mat catastrophe: ne2d: marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.

You graduated from the Midvale School for the Gifted, didn't you?

I get that joke and I still don't know why we don't see all of the sun. It isn't like the moon, is it?


Dude,

www.cisga.org
srsly, RTFA
 
2011-02-06 05:40:51 PM  
Blah blah blah Ginger is where we got the name for our dog.
 
2011-02-06 05:49:51 PM  

mat catastrophe: ne2d: marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.

You graduated from the Midvale School for the Gifted, didn't you?

I get that joke and I still don't know why we don't see all of the sun. It isn't like the moon, is it?


Submitter's headline is wrong (shocking, I know). The story is that they got two pictures--one of each side--at the same time.
 
2011-02-06 05:53:17 PM  
So wait, how the hell do you get real-time data from the far side of the sun back to Earth? You can't exactly do radio telemetry when there's an entire frickin' star blocking the way.
 
2011-02-06 05:59:39 PM  

schief2: So wait, how the hell do you get real-time data from the far side of the sun back to Earth? You can't exactly do radio telemetry when there's an entire frickin' star blocking the way.


Never mind, video sort of explained it. There's two satellites that are both sort of "off to the side" on each side of the sun, not one here and one directly opposite Earth on the far side like I was imagining.
 
2011-02-06 06:00:44 PM  

marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.


Not to mention that the sun itself is rotating once every 25 days or so.

Not sure if subby is stupid or just DRTFA.

/goin' with both
 
2011-02-06 06:09:02 PM  

Al Hashshashin: Not to mention that the sun itself is rotating once every 25 days or so.


It rotates, but it always has a far side. It's significant to be able to see what's happening on the far side since it lets us know when a big-ass sunspot is about to come into view and blast us with radiation.
 
2011-02-06 06:15:08 PM  
It's getting deliberately obtuse in here. ne2d and Al Hashshashin have got to be pulling our legs.
 
2011-02-06 06:33:21 PM  
click to ensolenate

fark you, phil
 
2011-02-06 07:08:52 PM  
So, according to the video 2 minutes in, Sauron is on the far side of the Sun?
 
2011-02-06 08:32:23 PM  
I am extremely underwhelmed. You mean up until now probe ever took a picture of the other side of the sun? And I still don't understand how that image is 3D. I think it's 2 hemispheres, that's all.
 
2011-02-06 08:41:23 PM  
Props on the Larson reference.
 
2011-02-06 09:33:29 PM  

St_Francis_P: We'll finally get to see the dark side of the sun.


There is no dark side of the sun really...
 
2011-02-06 10:09:27 PM  
Why is the big release BEFORE we have that sliver and blurry bit filled in (which is happening soon, right)?
 
2011-02-06 10:14:08 PM  

Inigo_Montoya: St_Francis_P: We'll finally get to see the dark side of the sun.

There is no dark side of the sun really...


As a matter of fact it's all dark.
 
2011-02-06 10:33:37 PM  
Hey, maybe next the cows can launch satellites and we can see both sides of the mooooon.
 
2011-02-07 01:25:08 AM  

Al Hashshashin: marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.

Not to mention that the sun itself is rotating once every 25 days or so.

Not sure if subby is stupid or just DRTFA.

/goin' with both


Considering it's a Bad Astronomy post, I think it's safe to say the submitter read the article.
 
2011-02-07 04:09:33 AM  
Could somebody bother explaining this
to the people who don't get it, please?


/inside joke for FARKers who've been around a while
 
2011-02-07 04:27:19 AM  

fatassbastard: Could somebody bother explaining this
to the people who don't get it, please?


I think.....and bear with me because its 4:23 in the morning and my degree is in political science....

But I think the articles pitch is in fact 'We now can tell what's going on on the other side of the sun when it actually happens as opposed to waiting until the the month window when that piece of the sun would be facing us.'

So basically real time looks at the entire sun. in real time. IN REAL TIME!
 
2011-02-07 04:45:33 AM  

SamFlagg: IN REAL TIME!


Sorry for being a dick, but... here you go. (new window)

:)
 
2011-02-07 07:32:00 AM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Really not worth the trip.


Came here to mention that movie.
 
2011-02-07 07:51:58 AM  
Is that an old "Far Side" joke? Approved.
 
2011-02-07 08:38:40 AM  

callmedutch: Is that an old "Far Side" joke? Approved.


As opposed to those new-fangled Far Side jokes?
 
2011-02-07 09:04:25 AM  
You're welcome, you worthless lazy idiots:

TFA: I'll note that there is no real, permanent far side of the Sun like there is for the Moon. The Moon spins once for every time it goes around the Earth, so it appears like the same face is always toward us. But the Sun rotates once about every 24.5 days. During that time, the Earth has moved 1/15th of the way around its orbit, so the Sun has to spin a little more to "catch up" with the Earth - another 1.7 days. So over the course of about a month we see the entire surface of the Sun.

But during that time it's changing.
The Sun is not a solid object; it's a seething, writhing ball of plasma (ionized gas). Something might happen on the far side and it would take a week or more for it to rotate into view, and by then it will have evolved or possibly even disappeared entirely!

That's no longer a problem.
 
2011-02-07 09:33:26 AM  

Inigo_Montoya: St_Francis_P: We'll finally get to see the dark side of the sun.

There is no dark side of the sun really...


What if we went at night?

/ali G
 
2011-02-07 11:30:35 AM  
The far side of the sun? Don't we see that once a year?
 
2011-02-07 11:36:23 AM  
Contact with Mondas? We are so going to be upgraded.
 
2011-02-07 12:11:57 PM  
Anyone remeber the movie from the 60's, Doppleganger?
About an astronaut that goes around the sun?
 
2011-02-07 01:08:55 PM  

rikerdude: Anyone remeber the movie from the 60's, Doppleganger?
About an astronaut that goes around the sun?


"Journey to the Far Side of the Sun" See Nina Hartley's Ass post above.

/Nothing is obscure on Fark!
 
2011-02-07 01:33:10 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: mat catastrophe: ne2d: marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.

You graduated from the Midvale School for the Gifted, didn't you?

I get that joke and I still don't know why we don't see all of the sun. It isn't like the moon, is it?

Dude,


srsly, RTFA


I would have except for something I can't remember now. Ooh. Pretzels.
 
2011-02-07 02:10:36 PM  

mat catastrophe: PC LOAD LETTER: mat catastrophe: ne2d: marcpen: Erm... don't we go round the sun, y'know, like CIRCLING it once a year?
Dunno. Science: tricky business.

You graduated from the Midvale School for the Gifted, didn't you?

I get that joke and I still don't know why we don't see all of the sun. It isn't like the moon, is it?

Dude,


srsly, RTFA

I would have except for something I can't remember now. Ooh. Pretzels.


Next time, make sure it's porn.
 
2011-02-07 03:21:14 PM  

Up and Atom: Blah blah blah Ginger is where we got the name for our dog.


You named your dog "Blah?"
 
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