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(NASA)   The most accurate measurement of starlight you'll read about today   (nasa.gov) divider line 16
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2012-11-02 04:42:37 PM  
Yeah but did they study its effects on marigolds on the moon?
 
2012-11-02 04:47:36 PM  
Isn't the most accurate measurement of any light its brightness?
 
2012-11-02 04:50:42 PM  
Occasionally, a gamma ray collides with starlight and transforms into a pair of particles -- an electron and its antimatter counterpart, a positron. Once this occurs, the gamma ray light is lost. In effect, the process dampens the gamma ray signal in much the same way as fog dims a distant lighthouse.

That sounds familiar...
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2012-11-02 04:56:54 PM  
We know of an ancient radiation
That haunts dismembered constellations
A faintly glimmering radio station
 
2012-11-02 05:28:49 PM  

theorellior: We know of an ancient radiation
That haunts dismembered constellations
A faintly glimmering radio station


Well, that's going to be stuck in my head all weekend.
 
2012-11-02 05:29:38 PM  

cgraves67: Well, that's going to be stuck in my head all weekend.


There are worse earworms out there. ; )
 
2012-11-02 06:15:03 PM  
FTFA: With more than a thousand detected so far, blazars are the most common... 

I guess there are lots of things getting "Balled by Blazars", hur hur hur
Ball Me Balzer! (no, not really)
brandonmolale.com 

//Yeah, Poe-Tae-Toe / Po-Tah-Toe... blazar/balzer... whatever
 
2012-11-02 06:56:37 PM  

theorellior: cgraves67: Well, that's going to be stuck in my head all weekend.

There are worse earworms out there. ; )


Normally I'd never do this, but...
my personal Earworm


/ok, maybe not never.
 
2012-11-02 08:03:14 PM  
Star light,
star bright
DONE
 
2012-11-02 08:45:53 PM  
Why are we spending money on this?
 
2012-11-03 02:21:53 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Why are we spending money on this?


Because there's absolutely no reason NOT to? Because at some point (if we don't kill ourselves first) the human population is going to get so large that the Earth will no longer be physically capable of supporting it? The planet is not an inexhaustible food generator, and there is a finite amount of potable water here, not to mention a finite amount of room for people to live in safely. We will reach a point when we will either have to institute horrifically strict procreation controls, or colonize space. And if we want to colonize space, it'll do us good to have all the information about this vast, unforgiving universe as possible.
 
2012-11-03 06:44:32 AM  
Why does it say "Written by YNN" if they copied the linked NASA press release verbatim? The article was actually written by one Francis Reddy, who is given no credit in the article linked by fark.

Wtf, this is the second article link (going down) on the Geek tab in a row that does this, but this time it's the entire article.
 
2012-11-03 09:15:36 AM  

Lachwen: BarkingUnicorn: Why are we spending money on this?

Because there's absolutely no reason NOT to? Because at some point (if we don't kill ourselves first) the human population is going to get so large that the Earth will no longer be physically capable of supporting it? The planet is not an inexhaustible food generator, and there is a finite amount of potable water here, not to mention a finite amount of room for people to live in safely. We will reach a point when we will either have to institute horrifically strict procreation controls, or colonize space. And if we want to colonize space, it'll do us good to have all the information about this vast, unforgiving universe as possible.


Yes, but physics is an inexhaustible source of magical materials and fantasy energy sources that will just happen to pop into existence just for your pleasure. Naturally.

"colonize space" LOL. I wish there were a way to force you to reread that in ten years while I watch. I'd love to hear what you have to say then. Then you'll see that the sci-fi worldview you have is just as imaginary as D&D.
 
2012-11-03 12:13:22 PM  
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Unimpressed.
 
2012-11-03 01:48:08 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Lachwen: BarkingUnicorn: Why are we spending money on this?

Because there's absolutely no reason NOT to? Because at some point (if we don't kill ourselves first) the human population is going to get so large that the Earth will no longer be physically capable of supporting it? The planet is not an inexhaustible food generator, and there is a finite amount of potable water here, not to mention a finite amount of room for people to live in safely. We will reach a point when we will either have to institute horrifically strict procreation controls, or colonize space. And if we want to colonize space, it'll do us good to have all the information about this vast, unforgiving universe as possible.

Yes, but physics is an inexhaustible source of magical materials and fantasy energy sources that will just happen to pop into existence just for your pleasure. Naturally.

"colonize space" LOL. I wish there were a way to force you to reread that in ten years while I watch. I'd love to hear what you have to say then. Then you'll see that the sci-fi worldview you have is just as imaginary as D&D.


Well hey, obviously you know so much more than all the hugely qualified experts who do say it's possible. And this isn't planning a decade or two in advance. This is planning for centuries. The truly long-term survival of the species.

I realize absolutely nothing is guaranteed, but we'll certainly never get there if we refuse to even TRY. What kind of lazy, cowardly attitude is that to take?
 
2012-11-03 02:35:42 PM  

Lachwen: What kind of lazy, cowardly attitude is that to take?


That of a space troll who wants to live forever?
 
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