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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by soft revolution » Thu Aug 21, 2008 17:15

Does everyone know the Mars Phoenix has a twitter - http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It sent this a few months ago, and it's quite possibly the saddest tweet ever " In November, even if still alive, I'll lose contact with Earth due to Solar Conjunction--when Earth and Mars are on opposite sides of Sun"
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by cath » Fri Aug 29, 2008 15:00

What on earth (or Mars) is twitter? Like a mini blog? Looks interesting all the same.

I confess, I am a space geek. My favourite stuff is vintage NASA fun - Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and that. I'm about to start reading Gene Kranz's Failure Is Not An Option. I've been dipping into the fantastic W David Woods' How Apollo Flew To The Moon. I've planned a whole holiday around visiting Kennedy Space Center, and watching a shuttle launch from NASA Causeway - that's happening in 2 months! Scream!

My desktop is a photo of a space shuttle atop a 747 flying over Johnson space center. I am a massive geek pie!

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by soft revolution » Fri Aug 29, 2008 16:43

I love the whole history behind the space race which pushed forward the early NASA missions too.

Ooh, I have to recommend James Kaler's One Hundred Greatest Stars then. It's one of my most favourite books.

Twitter's awsome. It's basically a meant to be a microblog but it's got so many more uses. Someone once described it as a conversational serendipity machine which is just about right. All of the NASA missions seem to have a twitter which tells you what they're up to.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by cath » Sat Aug 30, 2008 13:49

soft revolution wrote:All of the NASA missions seem to have a twitter which tells you what they're up to.
So they do! I just found one for the next shuttle launch due 8 October :o) http://personel.obec.go.th/News/index.p ... EyNQ%3D%3D" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Interesting. Means I can keep an eye on events leading up to STS-126 in better detail than the scant info that appears on the NASA website, and get an idea whether it's actually gonna launch while we're there.

I'm so psyched about visiting Kennedy. There's a replica space shuttle you can go inside! And a beautiful Saturn V! And tons more! Squeal! There's also some kind of space flight simulator at EPCOT which we may have to check out. Disney parks are stupid expensive though.

That stars book looks a bit advanced for me just now - I may give it a go when I've ploughed through all my dumbed-down stuff!

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by cath » Fri Sep 19, 2008 13:44

Ooooh, I am loving having lots of telly channels. Discovery, Discovery Science and National Geographic are running so many fabbo space shows these days! In the past week or so I've watched documentaries on the Columbia disaster, Apollo mishaps, the future of space flight - and next weekend NASA's Greatest Missions starts *weeps with joy*.

Today an electrician came round to faff with our lights, and he spotted my Apollo 11 DVD set on the table and asked about it. Turns out he was at Kennedy to see a shuttle launch in May, and gave some good advice on viewing a launch (like, don't watch from the KSC itself, heheh).

So, soon we must choose a launch viewing place. Favourites are NASA Causeway and Cocoa Beach (where we are also free to grab an alfresco beer/dinner, but the view ain't as good). Decisions!

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by soft revolution » Thu Oct 30, 2008 19:32

The Mars Phoenix has just twittered what might be it's last goodbye.
In case we don't get this chance again, thank you all so much for the questions, comments & good wishes over the mission. It's been awesome.
Awww.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by soft revolution » Thu Oct 30, 2008 21:12

Nope, this was it -
Take care of that beautiful blue marble out there in space, our home planet. I’ll be keeping an eye from here. Space exploration FTW!
*blub*
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by cath » Fri Oct 31, 2008 06:31

Oh, sweet phoenix! Blub indeed. I'll have to catch up on that later.

Less than 2 weeks to visiting Kennedy! Scream! The shuttle launch is no longer an isue as it's been moved to 3 hours after we leave Orlando. So bloody close! With more time on our hands, no doubt we'll make full use of the 2-day admission to the space centre and make sure to see everything. Endeavour will be sitting on the launch pad! How exciting!

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by frogblast » Sun Nov 09, 2008 18:59

http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/pres ... 39-08.html
A Pool of Distant Galaxies – the deepest ultraviolet image of the Universe yet
Anyone who has wondered what it might be like to dive into a pool of millions of distant galaxies of different shapes and colours, will enjoy the latest image released by ESO. Obtained in part with the Very Large Telescope, the image is the deepest ground-based U-band image of the Universe ever obtained. It contains more than 27 million pixels and is the result of 55 hours of observations with the VIMOS instrument.
click the picture in the article to go to the page where you can download the 78MB tiff file (smaller jpegs also available)

these pictures always blow my mind
Sun like honey on the floor,
Warm as the steps by our back door.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by soft revolution » Thu Nov 13, 2008 22:24

Image

A planet around Fomalhaut, which is the first time a planet has been detected around a star like ours. Clicky the image.

This is also significant because Fomalhaut was home to an agricultural colony on a terraformed planet in Frontier: Elite 2. I went there once. I bought some grain.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by tompony » Thu Nov 13, 2008 23:04

Heather from Au Revoir Simone is always banging on about space on her blog. It's a nice indiepop / astronomy meeting place, if nothing else!

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by humblebee » Fri Nov 14, 2008 09:41

soft revolution wrote:A planet around Fomalhaut, which is the first time a planet has been detected around a star like ours. Clicky the image.

This is also significant because Fomalhaut was home to an agricultural colony on a terraformed planet in Frontier: Elite 2. I went there once. I bought some grain.
I sold you it.

This is so cool. I feel quite giddy reading about it.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by crystalball » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:20

soft revolution wrote:A planet around Fomalhaut, which is the first time a planet has been detected around a star like ours. Clicky the image.
That's amazing. Imagine being the person analysing the image - I'd have died of exciting.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by gloom button » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:24

soft revolution wrote:Clicky the image.
This article is amazing! I somehow really like the idea of an occulting bar.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by soft revolution » Fri Nov 14, 2008 22:28

gloom button wrote:
soft revolution wrote:Clicky the image.
This article is amazing! I somehow really like the idea of an occulting bar.
It really is! Do you ever read Bad Astronomy? It's one of my favourite bits of internet, he's so excited about astronomy but in a very technical way.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:55

this story made me smile. quick, lads! bag overhead!

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by Gordon » Thu Dec 04, 2008 14:53

The bag is estimated to be more than 200 miles above the Earth and travelling at 15,000mph.
Holy crap.
(edit: stats fans, this is 19.55 times the speed of sound. By Coldplay)
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by Martijn » Sat Dec 27, 2008 17:15

From one of our windows, I can see a very bright star. It is so bright (and there are no other stars visible) that I actually wonder if it really is a star. Perhaps it is a planet or something even more exciting. Any ideas? It is somewhere south to south-west in the sky, not extremely high. I first noticed it a few weeks ago and now it is there again.

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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by Gordon » Sat Dec 27, 2008 17:28

Um, hello, it's CHRISTMAS time.
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Re: Astrophysics and astronomy and space things

Post by tonieee » Sat Dec 27, 2008 18:10

According to kstars the brightest star in that area is Fomalhaut. Also Uranus is around there too and so it could be that.

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