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2022-05-16 9:11:11 AM  
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2022-05-16 10:24:28 AM  
Sounds like his excuse for his sexual assault allegations
 
2022-05-16 10:24:31 AM  
Neil Tyson is so un-spectacular that if nobody told you what was happening to him, you'd probably not notice at all.  Just sayin'.
 
2022-05-16 10:24:42 AM  
Wrong.  With a decent telescope, knowing you're watching the Earth's shadow creep across the Moon is kinda cool, especially if you can visualize the Sun-Earth-Moon alignment.

Maybe not "stare at it for the full five hours" cool, but interesting enough to take a look once the shadow is visible to the unaided eye.
 
2022-05-16 10:24:47 AM  
I managed to snap this before the clouds rolled in.
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2022-05-16 10:28:20 AM  

QFarker: I managed to snap this before the clouds rolled in.
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From my perspective (near Minneapolis, MN) the shadow moved from lower-left to upper right.  Just curious, was your camera tilted to the side, or was the angle from your perspective where you were really that different?
 
2022-05-16 10:28:30 AM  
He goes on social media every day to announce he's a tool. What's his Fark handle?
 
2022-05-16 10:33:34 AM  
OK, so maybe he's lost his delight at an astronomical phenomenon he knows the science behind inside & out, but to many other people stuck here at the bottom of Terra's gravity well they - like the Milky Way - still look pretty damned kewl.


I just think they're neat - The Simpsons
Youtube Y0PKG5-t3zU
 
2022-05-16 10:36:32 AM  
This dude burned through his 15 minutes so fast. I'm surprised scientists go on his podcast.
 
2022-05-16 10:37:06 AM  
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2022-05-16 10:38:32 AM  

Unsung_Hero: Wrong.  With a decent telescope, knowing you're watching the Earth's shadow creep across the Moon is kinda cool, especially if you can visualize the Sun-Earth-Moon alignment.

Maybe not "stare at it for the full five hours" cool, but interesting enough to take a look once the shadow is visible to the unaided eye.


I don't have a telescope, but I sure enjoyed it. For once, the "stars were aligned" in that the weather was clear at first, it was total here, I could stay up for it, and I had a perfect view. I sat on my balcony and listened to a book while I watched the moon become shadowed, then it looked extra 3-D like a red plastic ball, at least with my worsening eyesight. And then clouds rolled in, so I didn't see the color changes, but still. Way to be jaded, planet-taker.
 
2022-05-16 10:40:28 AM  
Right, because before science, no culture ever noticed solar and lunar eclipses. Certainly, of they had, it would have been no big deal right? Certainly not portents of the end times out anything.

\To me, eclipses are a big reminder than despite for absolutely stupid must of humanity appears to be today, that we don't panic and give them some kind of undue significance is a sign of progress.
 
2022-05-16 10:58:51 AM  
Compared to a solar eclipse, they are pretty underwhelming.
 
2022-05-16 11:01:30 AM  
he's not wrong.  there was slightly less light, at night, while i was asleep.   not exactly a world rocking event.
 
2022-05-16 11:09:03 AM  
What do you want, Neil? For the moon to turn neon blue and start playing dubstep?
 
2022-05-16 11:12:42 AM  
But space.com needs the Super Blood Wolf Titty Sprinkles clicks to up their ad rates.
 
2022-05-16 11:14:31 AM  

wage0048: QFarker: I managed to snap this before the clouds rolled in.
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From my perspective (near Minneapolis, MN) the shadow moved from lower-left to upper right.  Just curious, was your camera tilted to the side, or was the angle from your perspective where you were really that different?


I finally got a decent picture near the end that looks similar. All my pictures through the telescope are flipped right to left, but not top to bottom, I can't explain that. My last phone could flip the image easily, now that feature seems to be missing.
 
2022-05-16 11:28:14 AM  
I've never liked this smug sonofabiatch Tyson. Thanks to all my fellow haters out there. PEACE

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2022-05-16 11:31:44 AM  

WhackingDay: Compared to a solar eclipse, they are pretty underwhelming.


Yeah, once you've seen a solar eclipse the lunar ones are pretty boring.

They also kind of suck when partial using a telescope. The moon's brightness requires the use of a lunar ND filter, but that filter almost blanks-out the eclipsed portion. You really can't look at it unfiltered until the eclipse is full. My kids and I checked it out with binoculars last night and I took some shots through my DSLR (which I haven't even bothered to unload yet).
 
2022-05-16 11:32:56 AM  

Stephen_Falken: I've never liked this smug sonofabiatch Tyson. Thanks to all my fellow haters out there. PEACE

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You know that he is just as smug as Carl Sagan. I wonder what is different about Neil?
 
2022-05-16 11:36:29 AM  

madgonad: Stephen_Falken: I've never liked this smug sonofabiatch Tyson. Thanks to all my fellow haters out there. PEACE

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You know that he is just as smug as Carl Sagan. I wonder what is different about Neil?


No Kermit the Frog voice?
 
2022-05-16 11:37:43 AM  
My 15 year old kid noticed that there was a lunar eclipse happening and came to tell me about it. I had completely forgotten it was going to be happening, but it was cool to go look at.

NdGT is a wonder-killer. He's the exact opposite of Sagan.
 
2022-05-16 11:40:16 AM  

madgonad: Stephen_Falken: I've never liked this smug sonofabiatch Tyson. Thanks to all my fellow haters out there. PEACE

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You know that he is just as smug as Carl Sagan. I wonder what is different about Neil?


Sagan smoked weed and shared while Tyson is a narc.
 
2022-05-16 11:40:23 AM  
They may not be as spectacular as a solar eclipse, but they're directly observable and I think they're absolutely beautiful.  I feel bad for Neil that he's too jaded to recognize beauty in the ordinary.
 
2022-05-16 11:43:51 AM  
He's right.
 
2022-05-16 11:43:52 AM  

madgonad: Stephen_Falken: I've never liked this smug sonofabiatch Tyson. Thanks to all my fellow haters out there. PEACE

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You know that he is just as smug as Carl Sagan. I wonder what is different about Neil?


No, they're qualitatively different and it's not racial.

Sagan was far, far better at inspiring.
 
2022-05-16 11:44:49 AM  

wage0048: QFarker: I managed to snap this before the clouds rolled in.
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From my perspective (near Minneapolis, MN) the shadow moved from lower-left to upper right.  Just curious, was your camera tilted to the side, or was the angle from your perspective where you were really that different?


camera was level.  I mean, I didn't use the level and make it perfect, but if I pointed it at the horizon you wouldn't be able to tell if it wasn't perfectly level.  close enough for a shot of the sky.
 
2022-05-16 11:46:42 AM  

madgonad: Stephen_Falken: I've never liked this smug sonofabiatch Tyson. Thanks to all my fellow haters out there. PEACE

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You know that he is just as smug as Carl Sagan. I wonder what is different about Neil?


Race baiting in a STEM thread? It's more likely than you think.
 
2022-05-16 11:50:27 AM  
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/obligatory blurry eclipse picture
// was still pretty to watch
/// perfect night for it, too
 
2022-05-16 11:51:44 AM  

QFarker: wage0048: QFarker: I managed to snap this before the clouds rolled in.
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From my perspective (near Minneapolis, MN) the shadow moved from lower-left to upper right.  Just curious, was your camera tilted to the side, or was the angle from your perspective where you were really that different?

camera was level.  I mean, I didn't use the level and make it perfect, but if I pointed it at the horizon you wouldn't be able to tell if it wasn't perfectly level.  close enough for a shot of the sky.


Yeah, that's what I figured.  Just goes to show that perspectives from different locations can vary so much.  Almost as if the Earth isn't flat...
 
2022-05-16 11:54:54 AM  

wage0048: QFarker: wage0048: QFarker: I managed to snap this before the clouds rolled in.
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From my perspective (near Minneapolis, MN) the shadow moved from lower-left to upper right.  Just curious, was your camera tilted to the side, or was the angle from your perspective where you were really that different?

camera was level.  I mean, I didn't use the level and make it perfect, but if I pointed it at the horizon you wouldn't be able to tell if it wasn't perfectly level.  close enough for a shot of the sky.

Yeah, that's what I figured.  Just goes to show that perspectives from different locations can vary so much.  Almost as if the Earth isn't flat...


I was pointed roughly S-SE when I snapped that.
 
2022-05-16 11:59:58 AM  

question_dj: This dude burned through his 15 minutes so fast. I'm surprised scientists go on his podcast.


His co-host helps rein in some of his more obnoxious tendencies, especially his interrupting of people.
 
2022-05-16 12:00:53 PM  

Quantumbunny: Right, because before science, no culture ever noticed solar and lunar eclipses. Certainly, of they had, it would have been no big deal right? Certainly not portents of the end times out anything.

\To me, eclipses are a big reminder than despite for absolutely stupid must of humanity appears to be today, that we don't panic and give them some kind of undue significance is a sign of progress.


Solar eclipses, sure.  The only pre-modern mention of lunar eclipses I can think of is the mention that they show up as round, not ecliptical like you would expect on a flat (circular) Earth.  They didn't seem to be a big deal, and I'd be surprised if the Antikythera mechanism could compute them.

Lunar eclipses are boring.  But the only reason I can think of Tyson should point this out is to keep parents from trying to drag kids out to see a 5 hour event that is spectacularly boring.  If you can just go outside and check the moon every 15 minutes to an hour, fine.  But don't drive out to nowhere to see it.
 
2022-05-16 12:11:38 PM  
I don't like to defend Tyson, but this guy is the one who picked a fight with Pluto.
 
2022-05-16 12:12:16 PM  
Mike Brown did not say anything demeaning about eclipses.
 
2022-05-16 12:32:42 PM  

WhackingDay: Compared to a solar eclipse, they are pretty underwhelming.


Especially when considering that a normal moonrise can look like an eclipse.  When the Moon is very close to the horizon and it's not being directly illuminated by the Sun, it can have the same reddish-orange color it gets during an eclipse.
 
2022-05-16 1:00:51 PM  
"What a great opportunity to discuss the wonder of even relatively mundane celestial events in a way to spark people's imaginations about the cosmos. Mr. Tyson?"

"fark the moon."
 
2022-05-16 1:01:15 PM  
He's right.

The eclipse *was* boring and unspectacular.

Mostly because it was totally obscured by rain clouds.  Just like last time.  And the time before that.

/and before that
//and before that
///hand to God it's like I'm back in the PNW again
 
2022-05-16 1:18:03 PM  

QFarker: I managed to snap this before the clouds rolled in.
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This pic was from the 10th. I had my scope ready to go, but we had a storm roll in around 8 and didn't end until after midnight. Lightning made for a nice light show and we needed the rain. Maybe next time.

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/Celestron NexStar 6SE with smart phone adapter
 
2022-05-16 1:22:53 PM  

Unsung_Hero: madgonad: Stephen_Falken: I've never liked this smug sonofabiatch Tyson. Thanks to all my fellow haters out there. PEACE

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You know that he is just as smug as Carl Sagan. I wonder what is different about Neil?

No, they're qualitatively different and it's not racial.

Sagan was far, far better at inspiring.


No, I think he came from a time that we wanted to be inspired and Americans actually respected the people on TV. Carl was mocked all the time, but it wasn't personal. What Carl was really good at was generating memorable quotes. Neil apparently absorbed the entire backlash from the entire community's decision to create a dwarf planet category and the necessity of moving Pluto into it.
 
2022-05-16 1:23:22 PM  
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2022-05-16 1:30:52 PM  

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Wow! The James Webb Telescope is a real game changer.

I never dreamed we'd be able to see so much detail of the lunar surface.

What an Age of Wonders.
 
2022-05-16 1:42:54 PM  
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Hand-holding a DSLR with a 135mm lens just doesn't do it justice. Not enough magnification for detail. Not enough light for a reasonable sensitivity/ISO. Too lazy to bother getting out a telescope or even a tripod for the camera.
 
2022-05-16 1:46:04 PM  
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2022-05-16 2:15:46 PM  
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2022-05-16 2:40:30 PM  
Does he not have a single person close to him to tell him to stop being such a choad?
 
2022-05-16 2:51:15 PM  
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2022-05-16 3:36:36 PM  
Oh FFS, Neil deGrasse Tyson did not "have Pluto demoted". It was reclassified by the International Astronomy Union following a lengthy and thorough debate. If you disagree their next general assembly is in Busan, (worst) Korea in August. Show up and play them that Schoolhouse Rock video from the 70s and tell them how much your fee fees are hurting. I'm sure they'll care.
 
2022-05-16 4:03:14 PM  
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2022-05-16 4:48:32 PM  
So, he has reached the GOML stage in his development.
 
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