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when you feel like taking a trip down a rabbit hole, do some googling about lunar conspiracy theories

no, not about the apollo landings being faked ... the theories that claim the moon is littered with ancient ruins, functioning alien bases, and oh yeah that it's hollow and is an artificial construct designed to keep an eye on us

because we're that important

Part of the fun is when you realize that some of those claimed structures were "found" by studying pics of the moon taken by ground-based telescopes.

A scope's resolution is direct related to its diameter (and inversely related to the wavelength of light being observed but let's ignore that for now). Let's say you own a HUGE amateur scope that has a main mirror that is 50 cm across (that could cost between $10-20K). That scope could resolve an object on the Moon's surface that is about 500 meters across. Mind you: that is basically only one pixel across, so realistically to able to distinguish different objects you should require 3-4 pixels across, so more like 2 kilometers across.

Here are lists of the largest buildings. Scroll down to "Largest Footprint" and even the very largest would be less than 2x2 pixels across if they were on the Moon.

Of course nowadays those conspiracy theorists have moved on to using pics with much better resolution like those taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other spacecraft.
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DukeofNuke posted:
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ah, you beat me to it

there's also this... documentary...

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no images yet, but china is about to attempt the very difficult task of landing a rover on the far side of the moon

it'll be very cool to see those images, assuming it works out


they did it

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/2/18165 ... on-farside

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Nice logo.
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New Horizons and Ultima Thule are so cool, they got a song from Brian May, that's Astrophysicist and Queen's guitar player Brian May.

https://youtu.be/j3Jm5POCAj8

More info:

https://gizmodo.com/brian-mays-anthem-f ... 1831428899
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ukimalefu posted:
TOS posted:
no images yet, but china is about to attempt the very difficult task of landing a rover on the far side of the moon

it'll be very cool to see those images, assuming it works out


they did it

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/2/18165 ... on-farside

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Nice logo.

I noticed that, too

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so on the Dark side of the moon, wouldn't you need a big ass flash to get a pic?
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A collection of images taken from the latest press conference:

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The image on the left is Charon, Pluto's moon.

Scroll past the first section which is a list of past news conferences to get to pics and more.

Apparently their servers are being stressed because the longer downloads such as videos have stopped during their downloading.
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so on the Dark side of the moon, wouldn't you need a big ass flash to get a pic?


There's no dark side of the Moon, matter of fact, it's all dark.

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now seriously, both sides get sun, but we only ever see one "side"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_side_of_the_Moon
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satellite views of the indonesian volcano anak krakatau, before and after the december eruption that caused devastating tsunamis

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the eruption blew away over 6,000,000,000 cubic feet of the mountain, reducing its height by two-thirds

it was the site of the infamous krakatoa eruption of the 1800s, which caused an explosion so loud it was heard 3,000 miles away
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TOS posted:
no images yet, but china is about to attempt the very difficult task of landing a rover on the far side of the moon

it'll be very cool to see those images, assuming it works out


they did it

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/2/18165 ... on-farside

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Quote:
All that is now
All that is gone
All that's to come
and everything under
the sun is in tune
but the sun
is eclipsed by the moon.
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"There is no dark side
of the moon really.
Matter of fact
it's all dark."

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The separate trio that you can see in the pic that fills the screen AFTER the video ends gives a hint to what was going on: desperate male frogs attempting to mate with anything they can grasp.
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Picture of a mountain gorilla right before he punched the photographer (Christophe Courteau).

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I suspect that the shark just got so irritated by this THING interfering with its ability to hunt that it attacked as sharks do, as opposed to looking for anything to eat.
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Sharks use their mouths just like dogs do...as both mouth and hands.
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dogs: "i dunno what that is, but i'm gonna fiddlesticks it"

sharks: "imma eat it"
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sorry, no image on this one, but more repeating fast radio bursts have been found

the frb phenomenon is incredibly fascinating and a total mystery

of course the go-to answer to every astronomical puzzle is "zomg alienz" but it doesn't make much sense in this case -- the power needed to send these bursts halfway across the universe makes that very very unlikely
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I think he switched from herps to derps.
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sorry, no image on this one, but more repeating fast radio bursts have been found

the frb phenomenon is incredibly fascinating and a total mystery

of course the go-to answer to every astronomical puzzle is "zomg alienz" but it doesn't make much sense in this case -- the power needed to send these bursts halfway across the universe makes that very very unlikely


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I kept waiting for a xenomorph to grab that finger.
octopus are interesting critters.
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... and Trump has shut down NASA, to build a wall ...
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AKA Mac OS X 10.0 :D
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The irony. Mac OS X 10.0 was dog slow.
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i like how the url refers to the far and dark side of the moon
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