1. Post #1281
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    July 2008
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    I'm pissed that I don't have a ride to the local observatory to see the transit, if only I could fly


    or orbit
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  2. Post #1282
    HUGE NERD
    Dacheet's Avatar
    November 2007
    6,304 Posts
    "Oh, let's check the weather for Tuesday. It can't be that--"

    6pm (time when the transit starts): 85% cloud coverage.

    GOD DAMMIT
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  3. Post #1283
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    Holy shit I forgot about the transit. I better thinking of what I'm gonna do

    edit: fuck, it's gonna be cloudy
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  4. Post #1284
    The Mad Scientist
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    September 2008
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    Going to be rainy here when it happens. Darn.

    Edited:

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  5. Post #1285
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    December 2008
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    But wouldn't an oxygen atmosphere and a water ocean mean that human life *would* be sustainable? Of course we'd need to put some other gases in the air that we would breath, but the theory might work.
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  6. Post #1286
    bye
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    I'm pissed that I don't have a ride to the local observatory to see the transit, if only I could fly


    or orbit
    i'll be able to see the whole thing from about 8am until 2pm

    weather's probably gonna be pretty average and 150mm solar filters are sold out everywhere i have looked, I'm gonna project it onto something I think
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  7. Post #1287
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    I was just reading the wikipedia page on the transit of Venus, and came across this:

    The simultaneous occurrence of a transit of Mercury and a transit of Venus does occur, but extremely infrequently. Such an event last occurred on 22 September 373,173 BC and will next occur on 26 July 69,163, and again on 29 March 224,508.
    Sucks if there's going to be overcast the 26th July of 69,163
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  8. Post #1288
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    July 2008
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    i'll be able to see the whole thing from about 8am until 2pm

    weather's probably gonna be pretty average and 150mm solar filters are sold out everywhere i have looked, I'm gonna project it onto something I think
    don't fuck up your mirror/lens
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  9. Post #1289
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    Space is quite cool.
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  10. Post #1290
    Sucks if there's going to be overcast the 26th July of 69,163
    Nah, it's 'k. They can just wait until 224,508.
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  11. Post #1291
    The Mad Scientist
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    September 2008
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    Could someone tell me what this is?



    Saw a mail about NASA streaming, joined, although too late, only caught the last part of the stream, until the questions began.
    Ėdit: Nevermind. http://www.nustar.caltech.edu/
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  12. Post #1292
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    I'll be able to see the beginning and the end of it since I'm in the so called "Region X", too bad I have nothing to view it with since I am pretty far away from home.
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  13. Post #1293
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    I'm so far north in Norway that I can see the whole transit, but there is forecasted some light cloud cover. A friend of mine is also bringing out his telescope with a filter, so I should get a fairly close up look at it!
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  14. Post #1294
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    Did anyone hear about the penny4NASA pettition to raise the annual budget to 1% fro .5% of the total US budget? http://www.change.org/petitions/doub...-the-us-budget

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  15. Post #1295
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    February 2011
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    "Coronagraph of Fomalhaut, a star some 25 ly from us, made by causing an artificial eclipse on the star itself, allowing its surrounding dust and matter to be imaged. Researchers directly found objects moving fairly quickly in it in an elliptical orbit, causing them to conclude they had directly seen a planet in the visible range of light. Its orbit is some 2-2.5 times that of Pluto and takes almost 900 years to complete one period."

    See those two red blurry blobs?

    This is the first image ever of visible planets orbiting another star.
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  16. Post #1296
    bye
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    don't fuck up your mirror/lens
    nah i won't

    i've seen what happens to even just the eyepiece when you leave a scope pointed at the sun
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  17. Post #1297
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    July 2007
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    Alright! I got some welding goggle glass. I hope this will be enough to see the transit.
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  18. Post #1298
    We're made of star-stuff
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    Alright! I got some welding goggle glass. I hope this will be enough to see the transit.
    Make sure it's dark enough, and don't use it with a telescope.
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  19. Post #1299
    This is the first image ever of visible planets orbiting another star.
    Wow, I actually didn't think I'd live to see the day.
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  20. Post #1300
    HQRSE FUCKER
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  21. Post #1301
    OvB
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    March 2007
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    Are voyager 1&2 and Pioneer 10&11 on the same general path? Or are they going out in different directions?

    Edited:

    Poor Uranus and Neptune have yet to get that Earthly love.
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  22. Post #1302
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    May 2011
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    Are voyager 1&2 and Pioneer 10&11 on the same general path? Or are they going out in different directions?

    Edited:

    Poor Uranus and Neptune have yet to get that Earthly love.
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  23. Post #1303
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    March 2010
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    Hm, I haven't seen this been posted here before:

    http://www.wimp.com/worldreacting/
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  24. Post #1304
    We're made of star-stuff
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    February 2009
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    Hm, I haven't seen this been posted here before:

    http://www.wimp.com/worldreacting/
    Hm

    Did anyone hear about the penny4NASA pettition to raise the annual budget to 1% fro .5% of the total US budget? http://www.change.org/petitions/doub...-the-us-budget



    ;)


    Also unfortunately it seems I can't sign the petition when I don't live in the US...
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  25. Post #1305
    HQRSE FUCKER
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    September 2009
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    Hm





    ;)


    Also unfortunately it seems I can't sign the petition when I don't live in the US...
    I just picked a random state.
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  26. Post #1306
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    July 2006
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    Hey guys, what would happen if two black holes of identical size & mass would collide with each other?
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  27. Post #1307
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    September 2009
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    Hey guys, what would happen if two black holes of identical size & mass would collide with each other?
    Black Holes don't exactly have a "size" per say, so they can't really collide, but they can orbit each other. But if the two singularities were to be in the exact same place at the exact same time, I guess there's no telling. I guess the gravity would be doubled.
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  28. Post #1308
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    March 2010
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    Hm





    ;)


    Also unfortunately it seems I can't sign the petition when I don't live in the US...
    Aw dammit :(
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  29. Post #1309
    HQRSE FUCKER
    ief014's Avatar
    September 2009
    3,069 Posts
    Venus now in transit!




    Live stream
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  30. Post #1310
    The Mad Scientist
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    September 2008
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    Watching it while watching the PlanetSide 2 stream.
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  31. Post #1311
    OvB
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    March 2007
    13,195 Posts
    I jerry-rigged a binocular thing and saw it between tree branches. Pretty neat stuff. Wish I knew that trick for the eclipse.
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  32. Post #1312
    Also unfortunately it seems I can't sign the petition when I don't live in the US...
    I just used my American adress so things are cool. I can sign you up too on my adress if you want.
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  33. Post #1313
    The Mad Scientist
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    September 2008
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    Props to Danish TV.
    Showing the Venus Passage on TV.
    Streaming a stream.
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  34. Post #1314
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    July 2008
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    I ended up going to my local observatory and saw the first 30 minutes, the pictures aren't great but it was a pretty STELLAR experience.







    Photos will not do any justice, they are terrible because I didn't bring a mount and there was a line of folks behind me.

    The small one is a scope specifically for solar observation, has a 1 am-strong focal point so it sees the sun in hydrogen fusion red.
    The other one is a shimdt-cassegrain with a solar filter ontop

    The guys were really cool and told me about telescope shops near by

    Edited:



    You can see Venus in these shitty unfocused photos as smudges

    Edited:



    You can see Venus in these shitty unfocused photos as smudges
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  35. Post #1315
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    August 2006
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    I'm going up in 5 hours to try catch a glimpse of it leaving the sun.
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  36. Post #1316
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    I'm going up in 5 hours to try catch a glimpse of it leaving the sun.
    At 12 eastern its over only 6 hours
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  37. Post #1317
    I am a moderator.
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    Make it 3 hours from now.
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  38. Post #1318
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    September 2007
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    There was a lot of cloud cover by me. I almost saw it. It was coming through a gap in the clouds, then another dick cloud moved in front. Oh well.
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  39. Post #1319
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    September 2009
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    There was a lot of cloud cover by me. I almost saw it. It was coming through a gap in the clouds, then another dick cloud moved in front. Oh well.
    Same here. And now that the sun has set, the skies are starting to clear up...
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  40. Post #1320


    Science runs deep in the royal family, apparently.
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