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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:42 PM Edited by ~SophisticatedAviator~, 19 June 2016 - 12:06 PM.

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Hello and welcome to the space discussion topic, feel free to discuss recent developments in the area of space and astronomy and to also discuss space and astronomy in general.  

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Space is an amazing place and all the answers to the biggest questions are most likely somewhere up there floating around in the vastness of space. 

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Some interesting links: 

https://www.nasa.gov/

 

http://www.spacex.com/

 

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/

 

http://www.astronomy.com/

 

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html

 

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload

 

http://www.federalspace.ru/

 

http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html

 

http://apod.nasa.gov...d/astropix.html

 

http://apod.nasa.gov...archivepix.html

 

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

 

-No spam and off topic stuff, thanks! 

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:26 PM

I've taken up a deep interest in space these past couple of months, it's really intriguing. Everything about it. Wondering if there is another planet like ours and if so then how? It makes me look at everything with interest. How the Earth was formed, where life came from, rays, etc.

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:35 PM Edited by ~SophisticatedAviator~, 18 May 2016 - 08:35 PM.

I've taken up a deep interest in space these past couple of months, it's really intriguing. Everything about it. Wondering if there is another planet like ours and if so then how? It makes me look at everything with interest. How the Earth was formed, where life came from, rays, etc.

Yes, it is all very interesting stuff. ( : As far as I know the most Earth like planet is 'Kepler 452b' but it is around 1,400 light years away from Earth.

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 10:26 PM

y'all know that space is the final frontier, right?

 

:breadfish:

 

you've got some great links, but you forgot NASA's astronomy picture-of-the-day.

http://apod.nasa.gov...d/astropix.html

 

it's one of the first bookmarks I check every morning.

they archive every single day, too.

http://apod.nasa.gov...archivepix.html

 

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 01:37 AM Edited by Midnight Hitman, 19 May 2016 - 01:59 AM.

Is scary that in space no one can hear you scream.

There's conspiracies theories about russian cosmonauts ships malfunctioning and drifting further away to space, their deaths being covered by the USSR, loneliest death ever, can you imagine dying like that?

Iron Maiden made a song about it:



A shame we'll probably never master space travel, i'll never be like Star Lord...
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 02:30 AM

I think we need to explore deep space

 

 

I heard its filled with supa dank wubz :^:

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 06:04 PM

Anybody up for a trip into space, for $250,000? 

 

www.virgingalactic.com


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 07:04 PM

I'd take it :p

 

Seeing as how just not even 100 years ago air travel was so expensive, basic, underfunded nonetheless dangerous (people said you were risking your life if you went on a plane) and now it's come so far to become such a huge part of our lives I only have nothing but good thoughts about galactic travel.


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 08:13 PM

Can't tell for myself how accurate this video actually is, but that was a depressing experience:

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 10:25 PM

So India, the nation, is sending up a satellite called Scatsat 1. http://indianexpress...tellite-at-sac/ What is it with these guys and poo.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 03:15 AM

We're the all singing all dancing crap of the world.

We also just tested our first reusable space shuttle: http://a.msn.com/r/2/BBtoJZM?ocid=News
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Posted 26 May 2016 - 02:53 PM

So India, the nation, is sending up a satellite called Scatsat 1. http://indianexpress...tellite-at-sac/ What is it with these guys and poo.

 

Well, everyone knows that the Germans are absolute lords of scatological porn, and since the Germans launched a world war to prove the mastery of their Aryan backgrounds, and the Aryans are of Indian descent....it's obvious that the true masters of scatology are the Indians, amirite?

 

I've always wanted a telescope, and my kids have a passing fancy with space now from school. I've almost used this as a reason to convince myself to buy the cheapest non-bigboxstore scope I can (Funscope or a Meade 60mm refractor) but I suspect that when I'm done using it once I'll never touch it again.

 

Can you pick decent detail off the moon with a set of 10x50 binocs? I could convince myself that $60 for a set of quality binocs is multi-purpose, but it seems that 10x50 is about the limits of average all-around, which means things like Mars, Jupiter's moons, or Saturn's rings are way off limits with anything less than 15x70.


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 04:11 PM Edited by NCONiall, 26 May 2016 - 04:11 PM.

Can you pick decent detail off the moon with a set of 10x50 binocs? I could convince myself that $60 for a set of quality binocs is multi-purpose, but it seems that 10x50 is about the limits of average all-around, which means things like Mars, Jupiter's moons, or Saturn's rings are way off limits with anything less than 15x70.

The binocs would be very good for lunar viewing, you can even use them to view bright DSOs like the Orion nebula or the Andromeda galaxy (provided you have steady hands).

 

I don't think you could resolve Mars into a disc, it appears as a red star in my 9x50 finderscope. The Galilean moons are about visible in my finderscope so I'd say you would be able to make them out with 10x50s. It's been a while since I last viewed Saturn and I don't remember whether I could see the rings through the finderscope, you might be able to make out the general shape of the planet-ring combo (Galileo himself decribed Saturn as having 'ears').

 

I actually do have a set of 10x50 binoculars, but they are quite old and need collimating. I actually can't make out the Galilean moons with them, either due to their age/wear or due to my inability to keep them steady. And if you ever do want to get a telescope, I'll give you a tip - know your constellations and where they are in your sky before you buy (especially if you want to go into deep sky viewing), it makes navigating much less frustrating.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 06:11 PM

I've always wanted a telescope, but I know it simply won't get used after the first month. Period.

 

My kids (8yo) are really into the idea of the planets, the Moon, and general space right now, so it's ignited the concept of getting said scope... except for I simply don't have a place to store it, nor a need for long term. I looked long and hard at the Funscope (a 3" reflector), but "everyone" says because it's a reflex design with a not-fancy mirror, it just has poor resolution and does good for "deep sky viewing" or something like that.

 

The problem is that the "everyone" in question are astronomy nerds who have thousands or more in their gear, so there's simply no way a cheap scope can keep up.

 

So, if I buy binocs with a tripod adapter, I presume I can lock them down onto a standard camera mount? Do they use the smaller 1/4" screws or the 3/8" screws? Are tripod mounts for binocs generic or specific to vendor? I've got an older ash Berlebach tripod from my view camera days that has an integral ballhead (I think they call it a "levelling mount") with the 3/8" screws. Being able to lock down a set of binocs on a target, focus it, and then let my goober kids at it might work out, but if I let them try and freehand locate something tiny they'll be staring at a star and telling me it's Uranus. :)


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 06:55 PM

Anybody up for a trip into space, for $250,000? 
 
www.virgingalactic.com

Given how the testing went for those Virgin space ventures, you'd have to offer me 250k to go on one. And I'd still refuse.

In all seriousness though, after we had the first official UK astronaut, Tim Peake (with a surname like that, he was born to be a spaceman), rocket into orbit a few months ago, I took up quite a bit of interest in space and the ISS. I know they go through gruelling years of training in preparation for their 6 month+ stay in space, and I'd imagine the views of earth and the whole weightlessness thing would be one hell of an experience, but I'd hate such an environment. Probably.

One thing I will say though is the amount of 'world is flat' asylum escapees who pollute space-related vids on YouTube is quite disturbing. I know most of these plebs are trolls, but some of the lengths some of them go to to convince people of their theories sometimes makes me wonder whether I should give the police a ring to dispatch the men in white coats.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 09:24 PM

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 05:31 AM

I've always wanted to make my own personal spacecraft to travel into space and take flat earthers and moon landing deniers to see Earth is indeed round and mankind has set foot on the moon, if they still disbelieve, eject them out with no f*cking oxygen tank and space suit :p

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 09:09 AM

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 01:27 PM

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 08:52 PM

Can't tell for myself how accurate this video actually is, but that was a depressing experience:

 

Was just about to post that same vid lol.  

 

It's not depressing in the sense that there is still a lot of areas for humanity to explore even within our own sphere of reach.  But it does go to show how really really really big the universe is.  Maybe we could do something like the movie Stargate and just use wormholes or some other quantum entanglement process to travel without starships.  


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 10:28 PM

Can't tell for myself how accurate this video actually is, but that was a depressing experience:

youtube.com/watch?v=ZL4yYHdDSWs

dude we were born too late to explore the Earth and too early to explore the galaxy :/

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 10:37 PM

We're doing a pretty nice job of exploring the solar system right now so I don't mind tbh
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Posted 29 May 2016 - 11:34 PM

this is an image of all intergalactic space missions (with flight paths) to-date.

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 09:27 AM

CNN posted this on Facebook.

http://edition.cnn.c...linkId=24993202

Thoughts?

It's a real shame the US Military budget is nearly $600 billion and NASA gets $19 billion, should be investing in man made rings circling Earth and other planets with parks, homes and rivers a long, long time ago.

God dammit.

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 09:44 AM

I've always loved pictures of space. Reason why I got Elite Dangerous for Xbox One. I hope one day we can take pictures like this.

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Such a beautiful looking game at times. Space is amazing.
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Posted 30 May 2016 - 07:00 PM Edited by El Diablo, 30 May 2016 - 07:03 PM.

f/ck your game.
real life is where it's at...
 
here's Jupiter and Io with volcanic activity visible on the small moon's surface.
 
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and here's a section of the Pelican Nebula
 
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and the Avalon Nebula, I believe

 

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 06:08 PM

you know what the great thing about space is?

you never run out of it...

 

Mons Olympus summit of Mars

 

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Grand Canyon of Mars

 

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ultra-deep-field Horsehead Nebula

 

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ultra-deep-field, Carina Nebula

 

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 10:15 PM Edited by El Diablo, 09 June 2016 - 10:16 PM.

tickin' away the moments that make up a dull day

 

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fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way

 

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kickin' around on a piece of ground in your home town

 

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waitin' for someone or somethin' to show you the way

 

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 10:26 PM

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:54 PM

Space is cool and big.

What do you think is beyond the edge of the known universe?




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