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(CNBC)   Now witness the observational power of this fully synchronized and operational radio telescope array   (cnbc.com) divider line 39
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2013-03-14 12:48:42 PM
FOR SCIENCE!  :D

/seriously, this is farking cool
 
2013-03-14 02:25:04 PM
Can it spot killer meteors in the southern sky also?
 
2013-03-14 02:46:08 PM

old_toole: Can it spot killer meteors in the southern sky also?


It's in Chile so it will see the Southern sky only, but I doubt that it will detect any meteors because it's not built for that purpose.
 
2013-03-14 02:48:39 PM
Are all the pictures it takes 240 x 160 ?
 
2013-03-14 02:56:21 PM
I'm currently testing some the components that go in the antennas right now, so I'm really getting a kick.
 
2013-03-14 03:07:01 PM
Is this another Kickstarter program?
 
2013-03-14 03:16:54 PM

Mr. Cat Poop: I'm currently testing some the components that go in the antennas right now, so I'm really getting a kick.


Radio astronomers / engineers in this thread ++

This telescope is basically going to kick all existing millimeter observatories' asses, but one good thing the others have is that their telescope time will be (much) easier to get.
 
2013-03-14 03:17:15 PM
www.underconsideration.com
 
2013-03-14 03:19:41 PM
Keep Jodie Foster away.
 
2013-03-14 03:35:14 PM
Hopefull SETI will get some time with this tool, not that it will probably do any good. Oh and Contact was a great movie with a great cast, despite the fact it was fiction. However the book was better.
 
2013-03-14 03:41:07 PM

chard: Mr. Cat Poop: I'm currently testing some the components that go in the antennas right now, so I'm really getting a kick.

Radio astronomers / engineers in this thread ++

This telescope is basically going to kick all existing millimeter observatories' asses, but one good thing the others have is that their telescope time will be (much) easier to get.



Already making amazing discoveries with it. Found some sugar near a star. It shows that some of the building blocks for life are there at planetary formation.
http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1234/
 
2013-03-14 03:42:01 PM

jimw: Hopefull SETI will get some time with this tool, not that it will probably do any good. Oh and Contact was a great movie with a great cast, despite the fact it was fiction. However the book was better.


No.  That would be horrible for a lot of reasons, but the principal one is that radio communications like the kind SETI looks are not possible at the frequencies this telescope operates (ALMA will operate between, I think, 1 cm and 0.35 mm.... radio communications work at carrier frequencies corresponding to wavelengths of about 20 cm).
 
2013-03-14 03:44:48 PM

Mr. Cat Poop: chard: Mr. Cat Poop: I'm currently testing some the components that go in the antennas right now, so I'm really getting a kick.

Radio astronomers / engineers in this thread ++

This telescope is basically going to kick all existing millimeter observatories' asses, but one good thing the others have is that their telescope time will be (much) easier to get.


Already making amazing discoveries with it. Found some sugar near a star. It shows that some of the building blocks for life are there at planetary formation.
http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1234/


Yeah, I heard about that.  Pretty awesome.  I interviewed for one of the Santiago jobs late last year, but it didn't work out because of the timing of my thesis defense.
 
2013-03-14 03:46:03 PM

chard: jimw: Hopefull SETI will get some time with this tool, not that it will probably do any good. Oh and Contact was a great movie with a great cast, despite the fact it was fiction. However the book was better.

No.  That would be horrible for a lot of reasons, but the principal one is that radio communications like the kind SETI looks are not possible at the frequencies this telescope operates (ALMA will operate between, I think, 1 cm and 0.35 mm.... radio communications work at carrier frequencies corresponding to wavelengths of about 20 cm 1-2 m).


FTFM
 
2013-03-14 04:36:53 PM
In other news, CNBC writers and editors think the correct term for "synchrony" is "synchronicity". Googling around a bit, it looks like a lot of on-line "dictionary" maintainers are also confused.

"Synchronicity" refers to finding significance or meaning in coincident events that aren't causally related. It's popular among the woo crowd.

"Synchrony" refers to simultaneous or coordinated action.

I would've said "coordination".

It's hard to keep your eyes on the stars when people are garbling in your ears.
 
2013-03-14 05:04:16 PM

Mr. Cat Poop: I'm currently testing some the components that go in the antennas right now, so I'm really getting a kick.


does anything involve Mu-metal?

Not that I care, i just find it a silly name for an alloy
 
2013-03-14 05:44:44 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: FOR SCIENCE!


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jfarkinB: In other news, CNBC writers and editors think the correct term for "synchrony" is "synchronicity". Googling around a bit, it looks like a lot of on-line "dictionary" maintainers are also confused.

"Synchronicity" refers to finding significance or meaning in coincident events that aren't causally related. It's popular among the woo crowd.

"Synchrony" refers to simultaneous or coordinated action.


go on.......

platform-online.net
 
2013-03-14 05:59:10 PM

traylor: old_toole: Can it spot killer meteors in the southern sky also?

It's in Chile so it will see the Southern sky only, but I doubt that it will detect any meteors because it's not built for that purpose.


I don't think that's correct. Since ALMA is just 23 degrees south it can see about half the northern hemisphere's sky.
 
2013-03-14 06:27:40 PM
Only 10 times as powerful as the Hubble?  Bummer.

Just did the math, and yep, 16km telescope at 0.35mm only beats a 2.4m visible light telescope by a factor of 10.
 
2013-03-14 07:11:04 PM
Sure that ALMA may get great pictures of the stars. But this Alma got Gustav and Walter and Franz.

interactive.wxxi.org
 
2013-03-14 07:55:10 PM

jfarkinB: In other news, CNBC writers and editors think the correct term for "synchrony" is "synchronicity". Googling around a bit, it looks like a lot of on-line "dictionary" maintainers are also confused.

"Synchronicity" refers to finding significance or meaning in coincident events that aren't causally related. It's popular among the woo crowd.

"Synchrony" refers to simultaneous or coordinated action.

I would've said "coordination".

It's hard to keep your eyes on the stars when people are garbling in your ears.


"Synchroneity" would like a word.
 
2013-03-14 08:32:04 PM

Pentaxian: Sure that ALMA may get great pictures of the stars. But this Alma got Gustav and Walter and Franz.

[interactive.wxxi.org image 250x325]


All modern women are jealousShe should have a statue in bronzeFor bagging Gustav and Walter and Franz
 
Al!
2013-03-14 08:59:57 PM
The secretaries pert and preen like cheap tarts on a red light street,
But all he ever thinks to do is watch.
And every conversation with his so-called superior
is a humiliating kick in the crotch.
 
2013-03-14 09:28:29 PM

Metastatic Capricorn: "Synchroneity" would like a word.


Now, how did I reach this advanced age without ever encountering that word?

Thank you. New non-technical vocabulary is kind of a rare treat these days.
 
2013-03-14 09:43:33 PM
I've got an aunt Alma. I wonder if this is synchronicity?
 
2013-03-14 10:08:22 PM
soon, we will have the observational power to see the back of our own heads...
 
2013-03-14 10:19:03 PM

bullsballs: soon, we will have the observational power to see the back of our own heads...


The backs of our own heads as they looked 13.something billion years ago, that is. I bet mine looked pretty cool back then. That was before I had my bleach-dyed rat tail thing.
 
2013-03-14 10:48:00 PM
I can see clearly now...
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind...
 
2013-03-14 11:17:28 PM
But can it see why kids like the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
 
2013-03-14 11:26:22 PM

dryknife: Keep Jodie Foster away.


What do you mean? Her project paid the rental fee for those telescopes, and her discovery stimulated the global economy to the tune of half a trillion dollars at least. They should have given her a free array after that, to find MORE aliens.
 
2013-03-14 11:51:39 PM
Just wait 'til the Square Kilometer Array is all hooked up. Be able to see a flea on God's ass.
 
2013-03-15 12:05:17 AM
FTA: "To me, it's just spectacular that we can look 12 billion years in time with an instrument like ALMA," Jim Ulvestad, director of the Astronomical Sciences Division at the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, said at a news conference attended by Space.com.

Do you really need to be the director of the Astronomical Sciences Division at the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences in order to think that it's spectacular?
 
2013-03-15 12:20:18 AM

jfarkinB: Metastatic Capricorn: "Synchroneity" would like a word.

Now, how did I reach this advanced age without ever encountering that word?

Thank you. New non-technical vocabulary is kind of a rare treat these days.


It's only 104 years old.  We all have reading backlogs.
 
2013-03-15 12:30:00 AM
WTH?! Twenty-four hours and no Bevitz to come crap on this?

Has someone locked him a box somewhere?
 
2013-03-15 12:47:55 AM

Diagonal: WTH?! Twenty-four hours and no Bevitz to come crap on this?

Has someone locked him a box somewhere?


Steve's gone.
 
2013-03-15 01:20:30 AM

jfarkinB: In other news, CNBC writers and editors think the correct term for "synchrony" is "synchronicity". Googling around a bit, it looks like a lot of on-line "dictionary" maintainers are also confused.

"Synchronicity" refers to finding significance or meaning in coincident events that aren't causally related. It's popular among the woo crowd.


No, actually what the journalist who wrote this fears is a synchronicity event.  That would be bad for the project, because you wouldn't want to get that close a look at the origin of our universe.

I have no idea if the journalist is in on the joke or not.  If he is, he's a sly one.  If he isn't, that's a hell of a coincidence.
 
2013-03-15 01:42:01 AM
Nice.  Maybe we can see far enough to finally detect the edge of the petri dish we're in.

/Betting on our reality being someone else's farked up experiment
//Maybe a really bored Postdoc
 
2013-03-15 08:32:55 AM
 You see, the religious people-most of them-really think this planet is an experiment. That's what their beliefs come down to. Some god or other is always fixing and poking, messing around with tradesmen's wives, giving tablets on mountains, commanding you to mutilate your children, telling people what words they can say and what words they can't say, making people feel guilty about enjoying themselves, and like that. Why can't the gods leave well enough alone? All this intervention speaks of incompetence. If God didn't want Lot's wife to look back, why didn't he make her obedient, so she'd do what her husband told her? Or if he hadn't made Lot such a shiathead, maybe she would've listened to him more. If God is omnipotent and omniscient, why didn't he start the universe out in the first place so it would come out the way he wants? Why's he constantly repairing and complaining? No, there's one thing the Bible makes clear: The biblical God is a sloppy manufacturer. He's not good at design, he's not good at execution. He'd be out of business if there was any competition.

Sol Hadden in Carl Sagans' Contact
 
2013-03-15 01:37:02 PM
A Time-Machine telescope? Sounds like the concept in the movie "Paycheck".
 
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