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(Some Guy)   On October 27 at 11pm ET, the moon will be colored by lasers   ( paintthemoon.org) divider line
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2001-10-27 12:03:15 AM  
2001-10-27 12:03:45 AM  
They've been talking about this for a long time...there were rumours of a Pink Floyd moon laser show.
2001-10-27 12:04:46 AM  
Aren't they worried that the people who live on the moon will think snipers are after them?
2001-10-27 12:06:27 AM  
Must . . have . . followup.
2001-10-27 12:07:57 AM  
And they will spell "buy Coke - God bless America".
2001-10-27 12:08:49 AM  
Ok, so this ain't gonna happen. People shining laser pointers at the moon? Gimme a break.
2001-10-27 12:10:12 AM  
i can see it now, thousands of ravers united for one common meaningless goal.
2001-10-27 12:13:53 AM  
me is dumbfounded by stupidity
2001-10-27 12:14:15 AM  
Nanook: I just submitted a followup link. The article basically says that millions of millions of millions of people would be required for it to actually work.
2001-10-27 12:15:45 AM  
I think the sentence "I'm a writer and an artist, not a scientist." sums it up pretty well.
2001-10-27 12:18:24 AM  
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2001-10-27 12:18:30 AM  
Flibbertigibbet: what's the URL?
2001-10-27 12:20:10 AM  
Thankfully, the site author has provided us with a picture of the moon, so we will all know what it looks like and therefore won't all try to shine our lasers on some unfortunate cow or something.
2001-10-27 12:21:44 AM  
I was just about to comment that it's useless posting this now since it's past 11:00..................................
2001-10-27 12:24:24 AM  
1. It's past 11pm

2. This won't work, dumbasses.
2001-10-27 12:25:05 AM  
they're talking about 11pm on the 27th...tonight, dumbasses
2001-10-27 12:25:51 AM  
Whoopsie, I knew I forgot something.

And 11 PM does seem to come and go every day, it's funny like that. Now that 11 PM on Oct 26 has passed, we wait for 11 PM on Oct 27.
2001-10-27 12:26:52 AM  
Yeah no kidding those laser pointers you get at the store may seem really powerful but they are nothing compared to the one used to measure the distance between the moon and the earth. But yeah you are talking about millions of those little hand held pointers. and they all need to be pretty well aligned towards a single point, and the sky would need to be perfectly clear over a majority of the night sky.

That just is not going to happen.
2001-10-27 12:29:35 AM  
Thanks, Flib.
2001-10-27 12:30:22 AM  
hefner should pay for a buncha lasers to paint boobies on the moon.

2001-10-27 12:31:32 AM  
I can shine a couple flashlights at the mooon. Will that help?
2001-10-27 12:33:44 AM  
It won't work. I shine my laser pointer across about 1 football feild and the red dot is faint and the diameter is about 12 feet. First, there's not enough people in the U.S. to do it. (requiring at least 1 particle reaching the moon multiplied by billions jsut won't work) Second, I doubt the lasers we have can actually pass though the earth's atmosphere with all the dust and particles to bounch off of.
2001-10-27 12:37:39 AM  
36 gigawatts?
2001-10-27 12:38:18 AM  
11pm what time zone?
2001-10-27 12:38:57 AM  
Here's a thought:

Individually, we can't throw rocks up very high into the air before gravity kicks in. However, if we all throw rocks up at the same time, with the combined force one of them should hit the moon! We'll see it impact! We could have rock throwing parties across the nation!

Then, we could point lasers at cows.
2001-10-27 12:43:04 AM  
If you happen to be on the moon for the big event, dont look at the earth.....
2001-10-27 12:48:23 AM  
Actually, according to quantum mechanics, the probablity wave which guides all possible outcomes of a given action could indeed permit a rock to land on the moon, if enough people were to attempt it.
2001-10-27 12:55:30 AM  
I believe that more rocks will land on cows.
2001-10-27 12:57:51 AM  
It's hard enough to aim those things at something 100 yards away, much less a specific spot on the moon. I guess if we all had laser sights on pistols, at least we could aim the damn things. I needed an excuse to get one for mine anyway. :-)
2001-10-27 01:05:41 AM  
All ya have to do is sort of wave it around where the moon is. With "millions" trying I'm sure someone is bound to hit it.
2001-10-27 01:07:38 AM  
retarded...i give it a snowflake's chance in hell of working
2001-10-27 01:10:23 AM  
See what happens when you stay home getting baked instead of showing up for class at Whackoff Junior College?
2001-10-27 01:13:02 AM  
why use the laser pointers? May be, to ask some research institutions and companies who have power lasers to participate to make this wonderful event. to color moon not only with red but also blue and infra-red
2001-10-27 01:14:55 AM  
Here's an idea. Let's orbit a series of mirrors around the earth, all aimed at a mirror in stationary orbit over Afghanistan. "Leak" a rumor to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban that Allah will show them a sign in the sky at a given time, then everyone in the U.S. points a laser pointer at the closest orbiting mirror...

Of course, there are some details to be worked out, but I'm more of a writer and artist than a scientist.
2001-10-27 01:16:35 AM  

Hell yes.. Point them at te COWS!
2001-10-27 01:20:20 AM  
You've gotta have a pretty farking steady hand.

If it does work, we should aim it at the Man on the Moon's eye.
2001-10-27 01:20:24 AM  
wow, there's a few people here who don't understand the concept of time. yes, it is past 11 pm. yes, it is the 27th. it is also past midnight, making it the morning of the 27th. amazing things, calendars.
2001-10-27 01:20:57 AM  
F*ck the lasers- I say we nuke the moon. That we'll be able to see.
2001-10-27 01:26:17 AM  
We can aim the missile right at the red spot in the site author's provided moon-photo; it'll be permanently red.
2001-10-27 01:30:56 AM  
Someone should tell him that lasers DO fade/expand over distance, and that the old wives tales of them going on forever are false.
They don`t have a chance of reaching the moon. If they did NASA would use them rather than spending millions on high-power lasers to reach it.
2001-10-27 01:39:04 AM  
Don't discriminate against the Moon, people.
2001-10-27 01:39:36 AM  
er.. drop the "against". Me... is.. tired.
2001-10-27 01:40:59 AM  
This is what happens when you watch too much original Star Trek while getting baked.. I swear.....
2001-10-27 01:44:53 AM  
I like BrotherLove's idea!
2001-10-27 01:54:47 AM  
I can see the news on Sunday morning, "New Terrorist Attack On
", pilot's last transmissions were, "Damn we can't see a
thing except all these little freaking dots! Today all over the
United States, very stupid people who should be poked in the eyes
with sticks, were seen shining thousands of laser pointers up into
the sky in hopes they could "Paint the moon in color". The
resulting effects were that any plane whose flight path crossed the
moon, was blinded by thousands of small dotshiatting the reflective
surfaces inside the air craft.

President Bush declared a War On Laser Pointers and appointed today a
Czar of Laser Light. He said his father had warned you all about the
thousand points of light, but did you listen? NOOOO.

In a related story, George Lucas fearing a Laser Backlash, will
release Star Wars The Really Really Very Politically Correct Version.
By using state of the art CGI effects will replace every laser blast
from a gun or rifle with that of a fluffy marshmallow. The now famous
Light Sabers will become Marsh Sabers, and child actor Jake Lloyd has
been called back into the dubbing studio to replace the line. "I saw
your laser sword" with "I see your Jewish" in an effort to stop
people from protesting his movies for their use of lasers. More on
this story as it develops.
2001-10-27 02:13:49 AM  
Not that it will do any good where I live, as the Pacific Northwest is currently in its rainy season. BTW, this rainy season lasts for 12 months.
2001-10-27 02:16:43 AM  
Laser pointers have cheap diodes with a crappie focusing lens, sort of a safety feature for the public. I have a 5mW CW Class IIIb He Ne laser. I can see the dot on low cloud cover... very dim but noticeable.. still the beam spreads to much because its not a high precision instrument, its a class IIIb. If a million pple had one if these it may work.. maybe not but maybe so. Now if all the laser light show's of America joined together as one and pointed there stuff at the moon, W00T , I think that would work.
2001-10-27 02:56:29 AM  
If only there was a tag that read "DUMBASS"
2001-10-27 02:57:13 AM  
1. This is an evil plot to make "the moon turn to blood" as mentioned in Revelations and bring about the end of the world. It was probably Osama's idea.

2. "No! Aalderan's a peaceful planet!"

3. The people in the FBI building across the street from where I work do not like it when people point these lasers at their office walls.
2001-10-27 02:58:06 AM  
"I'm not a scientist..but in theory...."

In theory, this won't work because we have something that's called an ATMOSPHERE and light refracts in it. Thank you for your time!
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