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(BBC)   Good news: Astronomers find a body with a rocky surface and lots of water orbiting another star. Bad news: Star promptly OM NOM NOMs it   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 15
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2013-10-13 10:03:40 AM
Reminds me of a girl i used to know.
 
2013-10-13 10:14:56 AM

phillydrifter: Reminds me of a girl i used to know.


Big enough to have her own gravity field and sucking the juice out of other bodies?
 
2013-10-13 10:20:38 AM

phillydrifter: Reminds me of a girl i used to know.


The decayed, shrunken remains of a starry past, deriving sustenance from the destruction of whatever comes near?
 
2013-10-13 10:39:19 AM
Old news.  This happened in 1863.
 
2013-10-13 10:44:38 AM
The planet-eating dark star is named GodDamn 61.  Where at the other 60 GodDamn stars?
 
2013-10-13 10:50:45 AM
This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-10-13 10:52:59 AM

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: The planet-eating dark star is named GodDamn 61.  Where at the other 60 GodDamn stars?


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Yeah, I just have a question. Um, is this a God dam?

Yeah, uhh god dam.
 
2013-10-13 11:18:23 AM

phillydrifter: Reminds me of a girl i used to know.


Dragging you down to destruction and sucking all the life out of you?
 
2013-10-13 12:50:56 PM

phillydrifter: Reminds me of a girl i used to know.


Did she suck any on her way through the parking lot?
 
2013-10-13 01:23:14 PM
GD61 = Galacticus's Dinner?

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2013-10-13 05:27:26 PM

Tax Boy: GD61 = Galacticus's Dinner?

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The star is GD61, so it'd be Galacticus's Diner.
 
2013-10-13 08:22:55 PM
I tried to smack that star on the nose with a rolled up newspaper, but I was too late.

I told you we shouldn't have brought it in the house yet.
 
2013-10-13 11:38:10 PM

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: The planet-eating dark star is named GodDamn 61.  Where at the other 60 GodDamn stars?


Came in here to mention this, but it wasn't as funny.  So I'll just give you props.
 
2013-10-14 11:19:39 AM
The idea of an asteroid that's 26% water strikes me as strange.

I rather suspect it ate a whole planet, just piece by piece.  We are only seeing it eat one piece.
 
2013-10-14 03:16:12 PM
FTA: "The astronomers - from the universities of Cambridge and Warwick, UK, and from Kiel, Germany - speculate that a similar water-delivery system could also have occurred in the GD 61 system, which is very likely to have had rocky planets in its heyday."

There was this one scene in the Rama series by Arthur C. Clarke (and Gentry Lee, yeecch), where Nicole Des Jardins was brought to a room (at the Rama Node?) and shown an animated galactic star map of the histories of civilizations that the Rama creators had learned about, and it showed them spreading across star systems and such over time... yet never encountering each other, dying out through disease, war, unforeseen consequences of genetic manipulation and so on... so that by the time civilization B developed technology capable of detecting interstellar signals and/or expanded its territory far enough to encounter the same territory as civilization A, civilization A was long dead and gone, by millennia or thousands of millennia.

Pretty much what the article could be inadvertently referring to; we're civ B here.
 
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