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(The Register)   Astronomers directly image planet orbiting Beta Pictoris B, catch a glimpse of the approaching Ko-Dan Armada   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 40
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2014-01-08 09:07:51 AM
FTFA: A high-res version is
 
2014-01-08 09:08:28 AM
Woops forgot the Inigo Montoya pic.
 
2014-01-08 09:20:15 AM
They can see that and I have trouble making out the score up in the corner of my television
 
2014-01-08 10:00:36 AM
We need a gung-ho iguana.
 
2014-01-08 10:04:53 AM
Greetings, Starfighter!
 
2014-01-08 10:06:39 AM
I thought that said Beta Clitoris.

/too early
//need more coffee
///lady parts
 
2014-01-08 10:12:26 AM
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2014-01-08 10:15:08 AM
Looks more like a drop of water on the camera lens.
 
2014-01-08 10:23:31 AM
Build another one planet-finder, and put it in orbit.
 
2014-01-08 10:26:53 AM

Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
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1-media-cdn.foolz.us
 
2014-01-08 10:35:30 AM

Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
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You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.
 
2014-01-08 10:41:59 AM

UberDave: We need a gung-ho iguana.


You just need to relax.
 
2014-01-08 10:43:08 AM
Too bad it's against the law to recruit from worlds outside the Star League. Dammit.
 
2014-01-08 10:52:32 AM

Ghastly: Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
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You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.


See, in the book, there were other worlds with other intelligent species.
 
2014-01-08 10:53:19 AM
Yeah, well...

images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-01-08 10:55:55 AM
Just us against the entire Ko'dan armada? It will be a slaughter!

www.monologuedb.com

THAT'S THE SPIRIT!
 
2014-01-08 11:17:53 AM

You apes wanna live forever!?

 
2014-01-08 11:31:47 AM
Easy easy! Wait til they're all in Death Blossom range!
 
2014-01-08 12:21:10 PM

dittybopper: Ghastly: Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
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You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.

See, in the book, there were other worlds with other intelligent species.


This, plus the bugs were more like intergalactic locusts, and the troopers all had mech suits ala mechwarrior or tribes.

A mechwarrior vs bugs movie would have been  better.
 
2014-01-08 12:32:33 PM

Muzzleloader: dittybopper: Ghastly: Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
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You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.

See, in the book, there were other worlds with other intelligent species.

This, plus the bugs were more like intergalactic locusts, and the troopers all had mech suits ala mechwarrior or tribes.

A mechwarrior vs bugs movie would have been  better.


The Bugs in the book built starships, and their fighters were armed with beam weapons.
 
2014-01-08 12:36:39 PM

give me doughnuts: Muzzleloader: dittybopper: Ghastly: Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
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You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.

See, in the book, there were other worlds with other intelligent species.

This, plus the bugs were more like intergalactic locusts, and the troopers all had mech suits ala mechwarrior or tribes.

A mechwarrior vs bugs movie would have been  better.

The Bugs in the book built starships, and their fighters were armed with beam weapons.


And they expanded past their traditional boundaries.

It kind of strains the credibility that a species basically limited to a single planet with no real space travel capability could send an asteroid to wipe out Buenos Aires, unless of course it was a Reichstag Fire sort of scenario, which would be in keeping with the tone of the movie, I suppose.
 
2014-01-08 12:51:19 PM

dittybopper: give me doughnuts: Muzzleloader: dittybopper: Ghastly: Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
// Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.

See, in the book, there were other worlds with other intelligent species.

This, plus the bugs were more like intergalactic locusts, and the troopers all had mech suits ala mechwarrior or tribes.

A mechwarrior vs bugs movie would have been  better.

The Bugs in the book built starships, and their fighters were armed with beam weapons.

And they expanded past their traditional boundaries.

It kind of strains the credibility that a species basically limited to a single planet with no real space travel capability could send an asteroid to wipe out Buenos Aires, unless of course it was a Reichstag Fire sort of scenario, which would be in keeping with the tone of the movie, I suppose.



Especially when that home planet is pictured as being on the other side of the friggin' galaxy. Even if there were nothing buty empty space between Earth and Klendathu, how many hundreds of millions of years ago did they launch that rock?
Yet another in the very long list of things that Verhoeven deserves a kick in the balls for.
 
2014-01-08 02:00:07 PM

give me doughnuts: dittybopper: give me doughnuts: Muzzleloader: dittybopper: Ghastly: Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
// Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.

See, in the book, there were other worlds with other intelligent species.

This, plus the bugs were more like intergalactic locusts, and the troopers all had mech suits ala mechwarrior or tribes.

A mechwarrior vs bugs movie would have been  better.

The Bugs in the book built starships, and their fighters were armed with beam weapons.

And they expanded past their traditional boundaries.

It kind of strains the credibility that a species basically limited to a single planet with no real space travel capability could send an asteroid to wipe out Buenos Aires, unless of course it was a Reichstag Fire sort of scenario, which would be in keeping with the tone of the movie, I suppose.


Especially when that home planet is pictured as being on the other side of the friggin' galaxy. Even if there were nothing buty empty space between Earth and Klendathu, how many hundreds of millions of years ago did they launch that rock?
Yet another in the very long list of things that Verhoeven deserves a kick in the balls for.


Insert (shrug).

One of my favorite movies, one of my favorite books.  They can peacefully co-exist in my worldview, if I didn't already reject the philosophy of worldview.

/Would you like to know more?
 
2014-01-08 02:23:23 PM

give me doughnuts: dittybopper: give me doughnuts: Muzzleloader: dittybopper: Ghastly: Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
// Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.

See, in the book, there were other worlds with other intelligent species.

This, plus the bugs were more like intergalactic locusts, and the troopers all had mech suits ala mechwarrior or tribes.

A mechwarrior vs bugs movie would have been  better.

The Bugs in the book built starships, and their fighters were armed with beam weapons.

And they expanded past their traditional boundaries.

It kind of strains the credibility that a species basically limited to a single planet with no real space travel capability could send an asteroid to wipe out Buenos Aires, unless of course it was a Reichstag Fire sort of scenario, which would be in keeping with the tone of the movie, I suppose.


Especially when that home planet is pictured as being on the other side of the friggin' galaxy. Even if there were nothing buty empty space between Earth and Klendathu, how many hundreds of millions of years ago did they launch that rock?
Yet another in the very long list of things that Verhoeven deserves a kick in the balls for.


I liked the movie. Now, I know it's only loosely based on the book, but I enjoyed it for its Robocop-esque satire of political climate; the bombastic music and acting, and as a kid watching mass number of spaceships, dropships, and troops pour onto a planet to face down hordes of bugs was pretty damn cool.

When I play Supreme Commander, I still hum the theme music as my innumerable drop shops unload hundreds of tanks and infantry onto the battlefield.

(I read the book too; incredibly insightful and forward-thinking for its day, although re-reading it makes my brain chuckle slightly at the anachronistic terms used - since its now a staple, those ideas are refined and renamed, so its odd to hear "pneumatic armor" and "capsule". A great insight into the strategic mind and technological expectations of the 1950's, however).
 
2014-01-08 02:55:03 PM
All jokes aside....  this is f'n cool.  That's a pic of a planet orbiting another star.... that's wild.
 
2014-01-08 03:25:33 PM
Each of those rings is most likely another planet
 
2014-01-08 03:41:57 PM

cretinbob: Each of those rings is most likely another planet


I wondered about that possibility. And just because nobody has yet...enjoy!

~www.gemini.edu
 
2014-01-08 03:57:37 PM

Stone Meadow: cretinbob: Each of those rings is most likely another planet

I wondered about that possibility. And just because nobody has yet...enjoy!

~[www.gemini.edu image 850x665]


I'm looking at that picture, and thinking to myself "Self, if that's visible light, the planet is on the far side of that star, but if it's infrared, it could be either on the opposite side, or this side."
 
2014-01-08 03:58:32 PM

dittybopper: Stone Meadow: cretinbob: Each of those rings is most likely another planet

I wondered about that possibility. And just because nobody has yet...enjoy!

~[www.gemini.edu image 850x665]

I'm looking at that picture, and thinking to myself "Self, if that's visible light, the planet is on the far side of that star, but if it's infrared, it could be either on the opposite side, or this side."


Just RRTFA, it's infrared, so could be either.
 
2014-01-08 04:07:01 PM
It wasn't all that many years ago that direct imaging of an extrasolar planet was considered impossible. That was before we even started observing them indirectly. "All of a sudden" here we are.

[sciencebiatch.jpg]
 
2014-01-08 04:30:20 PM

BetterMetalSnake: It wasn't all that many years ago that direct imaging of an extrasolar planet was considered impossible. That was before we even started observing them indirectly. "All of a sudden" here we are.

[sciencebiatch.jpg]


I remember not too many years ago when planets around other stars was considered impossible/improbable as well.

In another 30 years.........
 
2014-01-08 04:42:22 PM

cretinbob: BetterMetalSnake: It wasn't all that many years ago that direct imaging of an extrasolar planet was considered impossible. That was before we even started observing them indirectly. "All of a sudden" here we are.

[sciencebiatch.jpg]

I remember not too many years ago when planets around other stars was considered impossible/improbable as well.

In another 30 years.........


Meanwhile, religion has done NOTHING!

By the way, I would guess that those rings are from diffraction, or artifacts of the "corona blocker" whatever. Or even a charmingly named Airy disk.
 
2014-01-08 05:08:31 PM
Do they have Jesus?
 
2014-01-08 06:33:08 PM

Muzzleloader: dittybopper: Ghastly: Stavr0: [hyperbate.fr image 530x293]
// Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

You know, the really depressing part  of that Hurray for Fascism movie is we're able to get all the way to the other side of the galaxy to fight the enemy and the only intelligent species in the galaxy besides us are sentient bugs.

See, in the book, there were other worlds with other intelligent species.

This, plus the bugs were more like intergalactic locusts, and the troopers all had mech suits ala mechwarrior or tribes.

A mechwarrior vs bugs movie would have been  better.


There's an animal adaptation from the 80's that's much more faithful to the book. And gives you your mechs.
 
2014-01-08 08:54:38 PM
There's an animal adaptation from the 80's

You might have meant animated.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161032/

Although a live action animal version with hamsters as the MI and Lobsters as the bugs would rock.
 
2014-01-08 09:50:14 PM

Lookeelookee: There's an animal adaptation from the 80's

You might have meant animated.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161032/

Although a live action animal version with hamsters as the MI and Lobsters as the bugs would rock.


Yes. Once again, phone autocorrect rears it's ugly head...
 
2014-01-08 11:01:10 PM

BetterMetalSnake: It wasn't all that many years ago that direct imaging of an extrasolar planet was considered impossible. That was before we even started observing them indirectly. "All of a sudden" here we are.

[sciencebiatch.jpg]


The planet isn't even a single, faint pixel either. I think that is also incredible.
 
2014-01-09 04:09:57 AM
Well if it was a single pixel they wouldn't say that they directly imaged it.
 
2014-01-09 06:23:14 AM

Tryfan: Well if it was a single pixel they wouldn't say that they directly imaged it.


Why not?  Seems to me that if the angular size of the planet is such that it only fills a single pixel, you've still directly imaged it to the limitations of your equipment.
 
2014-01-09 05:51:17 PM
I'll have it all figured out by the time we reach the Frontier...

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

What's that?!

...The Frontier...
 
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