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#271 Gamble Gamble

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:27 PM

View PostMrWolf, on 12 October 2017 - 12:26 PM, said:

Good news - more than half the missing atoms in the universe have been located. Unfortunately this does not include the atoms that serve to make up my car keys.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:55 AM

Io over Jupiter, ~310,000 miles above the planet. Our moon is 238,900 miles away. While our moon takes 28 days to circle the Earth, Io only takes 1.8 days.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 10:33 AM

The Cat's Eye Nebula, a planetary nebula 3262 light-years away.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 12:30 PM

The collision of two neutron stars has been seen by astronomers for the first time, in both gravitational waves and light.

Amongst many interesting aspects to this cosmic event is that is has finally settled the debate about where gold and platinum come from. Another amazing fact is that; "Neutron stars are the smallest, densest stars known to exist: about 12 miles wide, with a teaspoon of neutron star material having a mass of about a billion tons. The core is a soup of pure neutrons, while the crust is smooth, solid and 10 billion times stronger than steel."

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:15 AM

The barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300. It is ~69 million light-years away.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:29 AM

A stellar nursery in the Carina Nebula located 7500 light years away.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:52 AM

NGC 2936, the Galactic Penguin. Once a typical spiral galaxy, it was warped by its neighbor NGC 2937. The galaxies lie ~400 million light years away.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 07:58 PM

View PostMrWolf, on 16 October 2017 - 12:30 PM, said:

The collision of two neutron stars has been seen by astronomers for the first time, in both gravitational waves and light.

Amongst many interesting aspects to this cosmic event is that is has finally settled the debate about where gold and platinum come from. Another amazing fact is that; "Neutron stars are the smallest, densest stars known to exist: about 12 miles wide, with a teaspoon of neutron star material having a mass of about a billion tons. The core is a soup of pure neutrons, while the crust is smooth, solid and 10 billion times stronger than steel."

https://www.theguard...onse-event-ligo

Another interesting aspect is that it happened when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:17 AM

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:50 AM

The Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302). The "wings" are gets of heated gas (36,000 degrees F) traveling at more than 600,000 miles an hour. At the center is a dying star that was once ~5 times the mass of our Sun. The nebula is ~3800 light years away.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 08:48 AM

The globular cluster Omega Centauri. Its core contains 2 million stars that average a third of a light-year between them. By comparison, the nearest star to our Sun is 4.2 light-years away. The entire cluster is home to 10 million stars. It's located 17,000 light years from us, orbiting outside the Milky Way.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:48 PM

Jupiter's South Pole (Juno)

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:52 PM

The Universe: Ptolemaic orbits, from "Harmonia Macrocosmica" by Andreas Cellarius, 166

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The Universe: Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MAS) in infrared (2011) showing 50,000 nearby galaxies.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:27 AM

The pre-planetary nebula IRAS 23166+1655. The spiral is moving outwards at a speed of 50,000 kph.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 08:53 AM

The Retina Nebula (IC 4406). The gas and dust form a large donut streaming our from the dying star at the center. From out vantage point we see the ring from the side.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 08:54 AM

The Monkey Head Nebula, NGC 2174. It is ~6400 light-years away.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:09 PM

Twin Jet Nebula.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 09:49 AM

One of Cassini's final images of the ringed planet.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:37 AM

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 04:06 PM

The Earth and Moon taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, currently en route to the asteroid Bennu. The photo was taken on October 2, 2017, when the spacecraft was approximately 3 million miles (5 million km) from Earth. That's ~13 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 03:32 PM

Juno's latest photo of Jupiter is amazing.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:56 AM

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:10 PM

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 04:34 PM

Curiosity's view of Mars from the top of Vera Rubin Ridge (elevation 1073 ft, 327 m). Click on the image, and pan for the full panoramic view.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 07:26 AM

Love this topic. The moon has been so bright the past few nights I was wondering if I could squeeze a few holes in around 2am. Hmmmmm?


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 11:39 AM

View PostArgonne69, on 31 January 2018 - 04:34 PM, said:

Curiosity's view of Mars from the top of Vera Rubin Ridge (elevation 1073 ft, 327 m). Click on the image, and pan for the full panoramic view.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 02:27 PM

The ISS photobombs the super blue Moon.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 06:45 PM

Thanks Argonne for contributing great stuff to the thread.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:55 AM

I hope everyone was able to catch the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Launch yesterday (with some David Bowie playing of course). I've never gotten chills like that before outside of a sporting event. Truly remarkable, I'm still in awe. We need another space race for the sake of human kind.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:46 AM

View Postmoegolfer11, on 07 February 2018 - 08:55 AM, said:

I hope everyone was able to catch the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Launch yesterday (with some David Bowie playing of course). I've never gotten chills like that before outside of a sporting event. Truly remarkable, I'm still in awe. We need another space race for the sake of human kind.

The simultaneous landing of the twin boosters was pretty cool.

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Apparently the landing of the core rocket didn't quite go as planned. Only one of three engines needed to land was working, and it "crashed" into the ocean 100 meters from the landing ship at 300 mph. Although it missed the ship, the force of the crash sent a spray of shrapnel that hit the ship.

Overall, it was still a fairly successful launch.

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