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2012-10-15 03:40:08 PM  
Yegads.
 
2012-10-15 03:47:08 PM  
The upshot of course is that on PH-1 it's nearly always Saturday afternoon just before the beach bars close.
 
2012-10-15 03:48:40 PM  
Imagine if we found both oil and diamonds there. We'd suddenly see Shell and DeBeers investing in space exploration... Which would be awful nice of them, if you ask me.
 
2012-10-15 03:55:04 PM  
 
2012-10-15 03:55:17 PM  

CygnusDarius: Imagine if we found both oil and diamonds there. We'd suddenly see Shell and DeBeers investing in space exploration... Which would be awful nice of them, if you ask me.


At 5000 light years away, I'd like to see them try.
 
2012-10-15 03:56:53 PM  
www.csmonitor.com

I'd give his mom a four star rating
 
2012-10-15 03:57:56 PM  

CygnusDarius: Imagine if we found both oil and diamonds there. We'd suddenly see Shell and DeBeers investing in space exploration... Which would be awful nice of them, if you ask me.


Yeah, I used to joke that if there was oil on Mars we'd be there...

The extraction companies don't want more of the product on the market. They just want to feed enough into the system to keep the prices high but not so high alternatives work out. On the plus side this means they are, in effect, conserving resources for future years, but at the expense of a rigged market and questions of geopolitical stability.

Exo-planetary colonies are not to the benefit of the corporations old fashioned resource shifting matters unless there is something out there that simply isn't here and where providing it would not cause the price to drop below the cost of extraction.

If you want off this rock it'll have to either be cost justified, the work of government, or a religious movement. If SETI catches sight of a distant civilization the Mormons will be ready to visit in 10 years.
 
2012-10-15 04:02:30 PM  

wildcardjack: CygnusDarius: Imagine if we found both oil and diamonds there. We'd suddenly see Shell and DeBeers investing in space exploration... Which would be awful nice of them, if you ask me.

Yeah, I used to joke that if there was oil on Mars we'd be there...

The extraction companies don't want more of the product on the market. They just want to feed enough into the system to keep the prices high but not so high alternatives work out. On the plus side this means they are, in effect, conserving resources for future years, but at the expense of a rigged market and questions of geopolitical stability.

Exo-planetary colonies are not to the benefit of the corporations old fashioned resource shifting matters unless there is something out there that simply isn't here and where providing it would not cause the price to drop below the cost of extraction.

If you want off this rock it'll have to either be cost justified, the work of government, or a religious movement. If SETI catches sight of a distant civilization the Mormons will be ready to visit in 10 years.


Well, SETI and NASA could, instead, say that there's an aggressive civilization bent on our destruction due to X reason, and they plan to invade Earth.

Let's see what happens next.
 
2012-10-15 04:08:14 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

/ok, that had six stars
 
2012-10-15 04:14:54 PM  
Tatooooine?
 
2012-10-15 04:19:59 PM  
Planet responded to questions and shipped on time - no damage to packaging. Would buy again. * * * *
 
2012-10-15 04:29:56 PM  
Did the amateur astronomers get help finding this planet from a guy wearing sunglasses and eating fruit?
 
2012-10-15 04:38:01 PM  

CygnusDarius: Imagine if we found both oil and diamonds there. We'd suddenly see Shell and DeBeers investing in space exploration... Which would be awful nice of them, if you ask me.


There's nothing on Tattooine. Just ask Czerka Corp. Sand & Sand People aint worth it.
 
2012-10-15 04:56:15 PM  
"Like PH-1, that planet is probably a gas giant, but it might have big moons..." 


cache.daylife.com
 
2012-10-15 05:07:43 PM  

Ambitwistor: [Image of Nightfall Book]

/ok, that had six stars


And this planet clearly has "night" once a day since the two other stars are rather distant. Still when the two distant stars are overhead at night it certainly won't be pitch black but you probably be able to see the brighter stars. Also this planet is a gas giant. But a moon might be habitable though that would obviously eclipse the two nearby stars fairly frequently. (I can't wait for exo-moons. Some has a project to discover some.)

Of course if we waited for an Earth-like planet with six stars we might have to really wait for a very long time. It certainly beats the tired Star Wars reference until George Lucas reads about this and puts in two additional stars in Tatooine's sky in yet another revision.
 
2012-10-15 05:31:55 PM  
Yo dawg I heard you like binary systems so I...
 
2012-10-15 05:46:34 PM  
Hazeron already did it.
 
2012-10-15 06:00:35 PM  
No no no... it's a 4-corner rotation, people. Let's get it right.
timecube.com

/hail Timecube.
 
2012-10-15 06:20:37 PM  
img15.imageshack.us

Check out the quad on that system!
 
2012-10-15 06:46:40 PM  
My god, it's full of stars.
 
2012-10-15 06:52:17 PM  
This was my first thought:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-15 06:59:03 PM  
Iirc the two stars the planet doesn't orbit are at 1000 times the earth-sun distance. Even at Pluto's distance (40 au) the sun is pretty tiny, so statements like "this planet had N sunrises/sunsets" are somewhat misleading. Still pretty awesome though.
 
2012-10-15 07:09:25 PM  

FenixStorm1: CygnusDarius: Imagine if we found both oil and diamonds there. We'd suddenly see Shell and DeBeers investing in space exploration... Which would be awful nice of them, if you ask me.

At 5000 light years away, I'd like to see them try.


These company CEO's would climb over their dead grandmothers for a nickel. If there was money to be made on this planet, space exploration would start seeing a rebirth with a large infusion of cash
 
2012-10-16 05:59:15 AM  

DubyaHater: If there was money to be made on this planet, space exploration would start seeing a rebirth with a large infusion of cash


Sorry to disagree with you, old chap, but "pioneering shiat" is just not in the vocabulary of investment bankers. The way this one sits, the pioneering of space is best left to the taxpayer.
 
2012-10-16 06:05:46 AM  

uttertosh: DubyaHater: If there was money to be made on this planet, space exploration would start seeing a rebirth with a large infusion of cash

Sorry to disagree with you, old chap, but "pioneering shiat" is just not in the vocabulary of investment bankers. The way this one sits, the pioneering of space is best left to the taxpayer.


The pioneering of space is best left to Space X.
 
2012-10-16 02:36:09 PM  
I'm surprised that douche that always threadshiats in these isn't here already.

/you know the one
 
2012-10-16 02:57:49 PM  

Nadie_AZ: This was my first thought:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 520x223]


Me too.

/good movie.
 
2012-10-16 06:28:34 PM  
Other systems that had four stars:

blogs.discovermagazine.com 

/THERE ARE ... FOUR. STARS.
 
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