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(io9)   You're hurtling through space at over a million miles an hour. Hold on to your hat   (space.io9.com) divider line 26
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2014-04-07 12:05:34 AM  
noiselesschatter.com

/oblig
 
2014-04-07 12:34:39 AM  
 
2014-04-07 01:26:23 AM  
When I watched that I thought we are all lucky to be alive.
 
2014-04-07 04:56:48 AM  
There's no wind in space and the inertia of your hat would be proximate to the inertia of your head.
 
2014-04-07 05:23:31 AM  

SpdrJay: There's no wind in space and the inertia of your hat would be proximate to the inertia of your head.


There is wind, but unless you have a desk fan that blasts charged plasma, the wind is entirely different from the atmospheric effect we are used to.

/why does Earth's magnetic feild trail away from the sun?
//because Mars sucks and Venus blows
 
2014-04-07 06:16:50 AM  
Red shift tells us that the most distant points in the universe may be moving away from us at the speed of light. If true, then Lorentzian contraction means that time there is stationary and length is nil. But the universe is uniform, therefore we would appear to be frozen in time and have our length conctracted to zero from the other side's perspective.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
 
2014-04-07 06:59:24 AM  
Driving along you can see all the people
Who seem to have nothing to say to each other
Each day they grow farther and farther away from each other
Driving along you can spot all the problems
On faces so tired of facing each other
Each day they grow farther and farther away from each other

Driving along at fifty seven thousand miles an hour
Look at those people standing on the petals of a flower
Look at those petals pumping for a little bit of power

Driving along you can see all the people
Who seem to have nothing to say to each other
Each day they grow farther and farther away from each other
They seem to say nothing, they seem to go nowhere
They seem to go farther, they seem to go nowhere
They seem to go farther, they seem to go nowhere
They seem to go farther and farther and farther

Driving Along - Harry Nilsson
 
2014-04-07 07:35:42 AM  

fusillade762: [noiselesschatter.com image 426x239]

/oblig


Initially completed.
 
2014-04-07 07:50:03 AM  
We're moving through space at a million miles per hour. And 100 million miles per hour. And we're not moving.

Giving a speed for how fast we're traveling through space without a point of reference is literally meaningless.
 
2014-04-07 07:58:11 AM  
"The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet spinning at a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 thousand miles an hour and I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go..."

/totally not obscure
 
2014-04-07 08:17:53 AM  

cretinbob: It's a great big universe
And we're all really puny
We're just tiny little specks
About the size of Mickey Rooney.
It's big and black and inky
And we are small and dinky
It's a big universe and we're not.

[static.flickr.com image 300x223]


While it's true that we are small compared to the size of the universe, I have to think that's much more comfortable than if we were LARGE compared to the size of the universe.  Or even a significant fraction of the size of the universe.
 
2014-04-07 08:35:45 AM  

Fast Moon: "The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet spinning at a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 thousand miles an hour and I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go..."

/totally not obscure


That's who I am...

//this is me swannin' of...
 
2014-04-07 09:01:32 AM  
 
2014-04-07 09:17:12 AM  
When a german doctor tells you to hold onto your hat, you hold onto your hat!
Hat! Hold!
 
2014-04-07 09:17:45 AM  

Dimensio: Think again, submitter


Sweet jeebus that's some Derp.

Those are some seriously broken people. Perhaps we should shoot them.
 
2014-04-07 09:23:49 AM  

cretinbob: About the size of Mickey Rooney.


Too soon, man.

*sob*
 
2014-04-07 09:45:57 AM  
It's a frame, I tell ya.

Inertial reference frame, that is.
 
2014-04-07 10:10:27 AM  

SpdrJay: There's no wind in space and the inertia of your hat would be proximate to the inertia of your head.


Yes, you are correct, Professor Funfree McKilljoy.
 
2014-04-07 10:59:45 AM  

Delta1212: We're moving through space at a million miles per hour. And 100 million miles per hour. And we're not moving.

Giving a speed for how fast we're traveling through space without a point of reference is literally meaningless.



This leads to my favorite ST:TNG weirdness.

What happens when Picard calls for 'All Stop!'?  Is that that just saying 'Turn off the engines!?'.  If so, why then do the animations show the Enterprise 'slowing down' and 'stopping' from the frame of reference of the viewer?  Do they actually stop?  And if so, relative to what?  Is there a sidereal frame of reference that star fleet agrees upon?

/nerd thoughts
 
2014-04-07 12:16:30 PM  
And this, as I tried to explain to my kids, is why ghost sightings are bullshiat.

Ghosts are incorporeal, and not subject to gravity, right?

So in order for a ghost to appear stationary relative to you, it has to be constantly moving to match the rotation of the earth and the earth's orbit around the sun, not to mention any movement vector of the solar system as a whole relative to, I don't know, the galactic center.  Or whatever.
 
2014-04-07 12:37:55 PM  
You know, the "unscientific" version is close enough to being accurate. I appreciate that it has been updated for accuracy and all, but this makes it sound like the previous artist is mentally defective or something.
 
2014-04-07 02:25:10 PM  

Stavr0: cretinbob: About the size of Mickey Rooney.

Too soon, man.

*sob*


I still had it in my clipboard from that thread
 
2014-04-07 02:53:51 PM  

Parthenogenetic: And this, as I tried to explain to my kids, is why ghost sightings are bullshiat.

Ghosts are incorporeal, and not subject to gravity, right?

So in order for a ghost to appear stationary relative to you, it has to be constantly moving to match the rotation of the earth and the earth's orbit around the sun, not to mention any movement vector of the solar system as a whole relative to, I don't know, the galactic center.  Or whatever.


Clearly you haven't consulted your local copy of Tobin's Spirit guide -- ghosts and other ethereal bodies are made of ectoplasm.
 
2014-04-07 02:56:58 PM  

Mikey1969: You know, the "unscientific" version is close enough to being accurate. I appreciate that it has been updated for accuracy and all, but this makes it sound like the previous artist is mentally defective or something.


I too liked the first one better.
 
2014-04-07 03:07:51 PM  

Parthenogenetic: And this, as I tried to explain to my kids, is why ghost sightings are bullshiat.

Ghosts are incorporeal, and not subject to gravity, right?

So in order for a ghost to appear stationary relative to you, it has to be constantly moving to match the rotation of the earth and the earth's orbit around the sun, not to mention any movement vector of the solar system as a whole relative to, I don't know, the galactic center.  Or whatever.


Really? This is why you don't think ghosts exist? Whether they exist or not, I don't think this would be the kicker. Especially since "incorporeal" could be modified to make the situation fit if we ever proved ghosts DO exist. I mean, if we found ghosts tomorrow, we'd probably be able to find a reason that they are tied directly to a point on a planet that is moving through space in this way. That would be the easy part. Proving the existence of ghosts is where it gets hard.
 
2014-04-07 10:55:01 PM  
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When a German scientist tells you to hold on to your hat, it's not casual conversation. HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT! HAT! HOLD!
 
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