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(The Sun)   The Queen's royal astronomer says we will be able to closely observe distant planets by 2025 and that aliens could be found within 40 years. In other news, there's still such a thing as the Queen's royal astronomer   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 39
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2012-09-07 04:37:35 PM
Queen's Astronomer = Gaylien.
 
2012-09-07 04:39:22 PM
I want that job.
 
2012-09-07 04:43:01 PM
Unsurprisingly, this is exactly what I would have imagined a Royal Astronomer to look like.

img.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-07 04:43:20 PM
Wow. That picture makes him look rather alien...
 
2012-09-07 04:43:59 PM
no we wont
 
2012-09-07 04:46:19 PM
Brian May?

/Sorry, Dr. Brian May, CBE.
 
2012-09-07 04:46:23 PM
www.brianmay.com

Heir apparent?
 
2012-09-07 04:47:46 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Brian May?

/Sorry, Dr. Brian May, CBE.


Gah! 4 seconds!

tiny fist...etc...
 
2012-09-07 04:49:06 PM
She has Royal Ass, so why not royal astronomer?
 
2012-09-07 04:49:41 PM

ZMugg: [www.brianmay.com image 485x434]

Heir apparent?


very
 
2012-09-07 04:50:51 PM
Unsurprisingly, this is exactly what I would have imagined a Royal Astronomer to look like.

Nope, sorry. He should be wearing some elaborate uniform with stars and moons all over it, complete with an impressive hat, preferably with feathers. That's how Brits roll, Yo....
 
2012-09-07 04:58:47 PM
Prefer the term The Astronomer Royal.
 
2012-09-07 05:00:13 PM
img52.imageshack.us

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2012-09-07 05:27:17 PM
1675-1719 John Flamsteed
1720-1742 Edmond Halley
1742-1762 James Bradley
1762-1764 Nathaniel Bliss
1765-1811 Nevil Maskelyne
1811-1835 John Pond
1835-1881 Sir George Biddell Airy
1881-1910 Sir William Christie
1910-1933 Sir Frank Dyson
1933-1955 Sir Harold Spencer Jones
1956-1971 Richard van der Riet Woolley
1972-1982 Sir Martin Ryle
1982-1990 Sir Francis Graham-Smith
1991-1995 Sir Arnold Wolfendale
1995-present Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow


And a rather safe position as well.
 
2012-09-07 05:27:31 PM

Jim DiGriz: Wow. That picture makes him look rather alien...


img.photobucket.com

"You gonna get probed."
 
2012-09-07 05:32:43 PM
What about the Princess' Royal Tart Toter?
 
2012-09-07 05:42:02 PM
Sounds more like the Prince of Wales' Royal Astronomer.
 
2012-09-07 05:44:26 PM
"Gordon Freeman, in the flesh - or, rather, in the hazard suit. I took the liberty of relieving you of your weapons. Most of them were government property. As for the suit, I think you've earned it."
 
2012-09-07 05:56:56 PM

fisker: no we wont


Why not?

Hypertelescopes could well have advanced by then. Once space based arrays are practical you could, in theory, image planets that are 10 light years away well enough to see continents.
 
2012-09-07 05:58:25 PM
Woah, too much disrespect in this thread for Martin Rees. Shame on you guys, the man's a legend; with expertly coiffed hair to boot. I think y'all might just be jealous... I know I am.
 
2012-09-07 06:13:27 PM

Pinko_Commie: fisker: no we wont

Why not?

Hypertelescopes could well have advanced by then. Once space based arrays are practical you could, in theory, image planets that are 10 light years away well enough to see continents.


That would be interesting. How many systems are in a ten light year radius? Is there a Google Space I can look up for this?
 
2012-09-07 06:14:01 PM

Pinko_Commie: fisker: no we wont

Why not?

Hypertelescopes could well have advanced by then. Once space based arrays are practical you could, in theory, image planets that are 10 light years away well enough to see continents.


That is awesome.

No one would have believed in the last years of the zartikenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than a Flibbums. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of flibbum danger. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.

But seriously, to me the ability to look across the gulf of space and see, really see, the surface of a planet that orbits another star is just absolutely mind blowing. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I really hope they scrape the funding together to make a space version, wow!
 
2012-09-07 06:19:46 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Pinko_Commie: fisker: no we wont

Why not?

Hypertelescopes could well have advanced by then. Once space based arrays are practical you could, in theory, image planets that are 10 light years away well enough to see continents.

That would be interesting. How many systems are in a ten light year radius? Is there a Google Space I can look up for this?


Epsilon Eridani is the closest star with a known planet, it is 10.5 light years away.
 
2012-09-07 07:04:03 PM

Pinko_Commie: Quantum Apostrophe: Pinko_Commie: fisker: no we wont

Why not?

Hypertelescopes could well have advanced by then. Once space based arrays are practical you could, in theory, image planets that are 10 light years away well enough to see continents.

That would be interesting. How many systems are in a ten light year radius? Is there a Google Space I can look up for this?

Epsilon Eridani is the closest star with a known planet, it is 10.5 light years away.


Of course part of that is we don't see these objects unless they are on the same plane as our angle of vision
 
2012-09-07 07:13:34 PM
i.newsarama.com
 
2012-09-07 07:49:21 PM

bhcompy: What about the Princess' Royal Tart Toter?




i105.photobucket.com
Technically speaking, it's known as the 1902 State Landau, and she's called
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, rather than "The Royal Tart."

HTH
 
2012-09-07 08:09:42 PM
Two Doctor Whos in one thread?
 
2012-09-07 08:12:50 PM
The Pope has an Astronomer, too!

Understands evolution better than the whole College of Cardinals, especially Cardinal Dumbshiatz there.
 
2012-09-07 08:20:24 PM

bhcompy: Epsilon Eridani is the closest star with a known planet, it is 10.5 light years away.

Of course part of that is we don't see these objects unless they are on the same plane as our angle of vision



Exactly. There may be planets, and probably are planets, around Alpha Centauri 1 and 2, but we can't as yet see them.

And they are much closer than Epsilon Eridani, only 4.367 light years away, or roughly 25,615,494,432,000 miles away.
 
2012-09-07 10:42:00 PM
Didn't pres. raygun make important decisions based on his astrologer?
 
2012-09-07 10:48:59 PM

LewDux: She has Royal Ass, so why not royal astronomer?


What Royal Ass might looks like:

img.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-07 10:58:49 PM
/me gloats that Lord Rees asked for a copy of my PhD.
 
2012-09-08 02:10:53 AM
Marshall Savage calculated the odds of a random combination of chemicals turning into DNA.....and said it would take something like 6 more big bangs before random chance will produce life. There just arent enough of the basic molecules which form dna in the universe to decrease the odds to the point that its likely.

the math is in his Book.....the millennial project. Its a good read.

There is also the problem that any civilization we could detect with a telescope within 40 years would be close enough that we would already be watching their television and radio signals.

SETI is stupid for one reason. The first radio wave to reach us from another species would not be a request for contact, but rather their early experiments with radio communications. Unless of course you believe in super-luminal travel. Which may be more of a pipe dream than SETI.
 
2012-09-08 02:37:49 AM
John Klein: I think we can assume that these entities are more advanced than us. Why don't they just come right out and tell us what's on their minds?

Alexander Leek: You're more advanced than a cockroach, have you ever tried explaining yourself to one of them?
 
2012-09-08 02:46:06 AM

rhiannon: LewDux: She has Royal Ass, so why not royal astronomer?

What Royal Ass might looks like:

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still not seeing it
 
2012-09-08 02:57:02 AM
Basically the current situation is that we are rapidly reaching the point where ALL stars are likely to have planets unless there is evidence to the contrary. The more we can see the more there is to see.

Not earth analgues, but planets of some kind.
 
2012-09-08 04:56:43 AM

serial arseonist: rhiannon: LewDux: She has Royal Ass, so why not royal astronomer?

What Royal Ass might looks like:

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still not seeing it


i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2012-09-08 11:20:41 AM

archichris: Marshall Savage calculated the odds of a random combination of chemicals turning into DNA.....and said it would take something like 6 more big bangs before random chance will produce life. There just arent enough of the basic molecules which form dna in the universe to decrease the odds to the point that its likely.


Savage is an english lit major, and also a complete loon. Chemicals don't combine at "random", OK? There are rules.
 
2012-09-08 02:50:44 PM

archichris:
There is also the problem that any civilization we could detect with a telescope within 40 years would be close enough that we would already be watching their television and radio signals.

SETI is stupid for one reason. The first radio wave to reach us from another species would not be a request for contact, but rather their early experiments with radio communications. Unless of course you believe in super-luminal travel. Which may be more of a pipe dream than SETI.


LOLWUT? For a second there, I thought you were serious.
 
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