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aaronmb666
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:38 pm 
 

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Im thinking of getting a telescope, but dont really know what to get. I was thinking spending around $50. Im wanting one to take outside at night and look at the sky, maybe even go to a more rural area, where its even darker. Any ideas/recommendations?


Hey

Don't want to rain on your parade, but for 50$, you won't get anything more than a cheap toy. If it's only for observation (no astrophotography), you should get a good dobson-mount newton. You could get something used for a couple hundred bucks. I know it's over your budget though...

Remember, the best telescope is the one that's gonna get used. If you buy a toy, the fun will leave really fast.


Yeah, Ive done a little research and people are saying to not even buy anything from a department store. Ive looked on amazon and think my range will go over $100.

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 3:08 pm 
 

aaronmb666 wrote:
Im thinking of getting a telescope, but dont really know what to get. I was thinking spending around $50. Im wanting one to take outside at night and look at the sky, maybe even go to a more rural area, where its even darker. Any ideas/recommendations?


I just came across this post by Phil Plait that gives advice for people looking into buying a telescope.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:11 am 
 

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That little bugger Philae is alive again.

The full resolution of the image can be found here.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:57 am 
 

Less than 20 days until closest approach to Pluto!

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Brainded Binky
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I can't wait! Then we'll truly see why it looks like.

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HellBlazer
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:05 pm 
 

Unknown bright spots seen near Pluto's north pole.

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I wonder if this will turn out similar at all to the bright spots on Ceres...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:24 pm 
 

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Unknown bright spots seen near Pluto's north pole.

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I wonder if this will turn out similar at all to the bright spots on Ceres...

They're signal beacons for the Mass Relays. :V
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Dude... I just searched for Mass Relays on the google, and I gotta say o_O Someone actually wasted enough of their life to create a wiki article about this?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:41 am 
 

More Pluto news. Here's an image captured by New Horizons. The spacecraft is ready for its fly-by.

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http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2015/0 ... y-morning/

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:00 pm 
 

Intriguing. I wonder what that huge white-grey blotch is to the south. Even weirder since it's bordered diagonally on two sides by really, really dark blotches.


And here I was picturing Pluto as a dark blue planet.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:36 pm 
 

It's really weird how smooth Pluto is overall, like there's not really any obvious craters (not nearly as many as I expected anyway). But there are a lot of surface features that are a little strange - how the hell would those blotchy lumps on the right side form?. So I guess there must have been a fair amount of volcanism surprisingly recently. Maybe its interaction with Charon has been enough to generate volcanic activity?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:45 pm 
 

Well Charon's mass ratio compared to Pluto is apparently something like 8X the corresponding Moon-Earth mass ratio, so that wouldn't surprise me. Imagine how much stronger the tidal forces here would be if the Moon was 8 times as large as it is now.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:59 pm 
 

The white area between the dark blotches is Pluto the cartoon character, hence the name
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:36 am 
 

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:38 pm 
 

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a pluto feature i crudely zoomed in on (see above photo shouvince posted).

located in the lower bottom left area, it looks like a crater within a crater within a crater.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:35 am 
 

Odin AllFather wrote:
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a pluto feature i crudely zoomed in on (see above photo shouvince posted).

located in the lower bottom left area, it looks like a crater within a crater within a crater.


Looks like an Apple mouse complete with cord.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:25 pm 
 

Zooming out from the Sun through the solar system with light speed.

Space is just too darn big.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:29 pm 
 

I find it very humbling that we live in a time when we visit Pluto, and get to see it up close. First time in human history :-)

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Lich Coldheart
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:40 pm 
 

Hello, guys. I'd like to know whether any of you has ever heard about white holes. I mean, are these things even real?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:09 pm 
 

Lich Coldheart wrote:
Hello, guys. I'd like to know whether any of you has ever heard about white holes. I mean, are these things even real?


Not really. It's a hypothetical concept, but none have ever been observed, nor are there any known physical processes that could create them.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:11 am 
 

HellBlazer wrote:
Not really. It's a hypothetical concept, but none have ever been observed, nor are there any known physical processes that could create them.

Are they supposed to be the opposite of black holes and use some kind of inverted gravity?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:08 pm 
 

Looks like there are new "discoveries" about black holes and "big things":

The new biggest thing in the universe, and why it’s a headache for scientists - August 20
Stephen Hawking believes he’s solved a huge mystery about black holes - August 25
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Grave_Wyrm
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:14 pm 
 

Pluto!

http://www.theguardian.com/science/acro ... -mysteries


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Also, saw this today.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:20 pm 
 

New Horizons just keeps on giving. Today it's dragon scales sort of structures on Pluto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34358723

Can't wait for images of the small Pluto moons, personally.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:50 am 
 

Relatively closer to home - There's flowing water on Mars and the Internet's all giddy about it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:31 pm 
 

Mars thing is pretty crazy, excited to see what other things will come out of this as far as new discoveries go.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:52 pm 
 

Gotta to all the way to Mars to find some friggin' un-fluoridated water nowadays?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:52 am 
 

I reckon most of you have already read about this:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mor ... ?tid=sm_fb
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:09 pm 
 

Welp, no alien signal from that weird star: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronom ... d_yet.html :(

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Obviously their signals are too advanced for us to detect.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:59 am 
 

WillyB wrote:
Mars thing is pretty crazy, excited to see what other things will come out of this as far as new discoveries go.


Totes. Can't wait for the pictures of that weird arse city ruin and the "vehicle" that looked like it was driving into it to re-emerge. It would be soooo fun listening to politicians trying to blame 9/11 on Martians.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:57 am 
 

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/flowers
The first flower in space. At least in our solar system. Also good to know that it is possible to grow lettuce on a space station.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CY8d84sUMAAt-6C.jpg
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:52 pm 
 

oneyoudontknow wrote:
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/flowers
The first flower in space. At least in our solar system. Also good to know that it is possible to grow lettuce on a space station.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CY8d84sUMAAt-6C.jpg
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Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:18 pm 
 

Planet X is back!
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35365323
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http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/feature-astronomers-say-neptune-sized-planet-lurks-unseen-solar-system?utm_source=sciencemagazine&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=planetx-1987
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Others, like planetary scientist Dave Jewitt, who discovered the Kuiper belt, are more cautious. The 0.007% chance that the clustering of the six objects is coincidental gives the planet claim a statistical significance of 3.8 sigma—beyond the 3-sigma threshold typically required to be taken seriously, but short of the 5 sigma that is sometimes used in fields like particle physics. That worries Jewitt, who has seen plenty of 3-sigma results disappear before. By reducing the dozen objects examined by Sheppard and Trujillo to six for their analysis, Batygin and Brown weakened their claim, he says. “I worry that the finding of a single new object that is not in the group would destroy the whole edifice,” says Jewitt, who is at UC Los Angeles. “It’s a game of sticks with only six sticks.”


and the Guardian article has also some videos:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/20/ninth-planet-solar-system-edge-discovery-pluto
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There's an article on n-tv.de about that star people thought to be occulted by a giant structure by an alien civilisation, it's been examined more now, someone looked at pictures of it from the past 120 years and apparently it lost 20% of its brightness since then, and not gradually but through random ups and downs. That brought up even more questions, because it throws the most widely favoured comet fragments theory out. Now nobody has any idea anymore.

I'll try to find something in English later.
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droneriot wrote:
There's an article on n-tv.de about that star people thought to be occulted by a giant structure by an alien civilisation, it's been examined more now, someone looked at pictures of it from the past 120 years and apparently it lost 20% of its brightness since then, and not gradually but through random ups and downs. That brought up even more questions, because it throws the most widely favoured comet fragments theory out. Now nobody has any idea anymore.

I'll try to find something in English later.


Here's one: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronom ... ntury.html

Very strange.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:00 pm 
 

Not directly tied to the greater cosmos but if you want to see what this blizzard in the eastern US looks like from space, here you go:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/23/us/blizza ... index.html


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Courtesy of astronaut Scott Kelly.
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xkcd on the 9th planet issue:
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:42 am 
 

The outer space...

I've been fascinated with it since I was a kid. There were two things I loved to draw as a kid, planets/solar systems and country flags. I don't recall what got me interested in the outer space. Maybe its sheer and apparently infinite size? Maybe how beautiful it looks? I guess the media played into it as well. Been a huge Ninja Turtles fan since I was a kid, so everything about Dimension X where Shredder and Krang spent a lot of time at, intrigued me. I wanted to know more about it. Also, anyone remember the Rare N64 classic Blast Corps? There were levels in other planets of the solar system. And ofc, SNES Star Fox and Star Fox 64/Lylat Wars also contributed to my creativity and imagination when ti came to drawing fictional systems.

I swear, if I had a wish, it'd be travelling throughout space and discovering new planets. Possibly even contacting different life forms. It'd be so awesome.
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