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The Bad Astronomer explains how astronomers were able to get these images of an individual star--labeled LS1 for "lensed star"--that is about 9 BILLION light years from Earth:

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SN Refsdal is the name given to a supernova also in this same lensed galaxy which was the initial reason for interest in these images.
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It should be noted that RIGHT ABOUT NOW as I am typing this Juno should have completed mankind's closest approach to Jupiter's Red Spot passing about 9,000 km over it. This is not as close as Juno can get to Jupiter which is about 3,400 km near the planet's equator, and the Red Spot is about 40,000 km from the Jovian equator.

Anxiously awaiting images....
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A tweet said that processing of the Juno images for this close passage of Jupiter will probably take until July 14th.
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DEyncourt wrote: A tweet said that processing of the Juno images for this close passage of Jupiter will probably take until July 14th.


::crosses fingers for black monolith::
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honestly if i had to do it over again i would have become an astronomer
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iceberg "with twice the volume of lake erie" has broken off the larsen c ice shelf in antarctica

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TOS wrote: honestly if i had to do it over again i would have become an astronomer

It always fascinated me but I did not have the aptitude for the mathematics required.
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NASA is hosting retouched versions of Juno photographs. (picture is a link to the site)
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juice wrote:
TOS wrote: honestly if i had to do it over again i would have become an astronomer

It always fascinated me but I did not have the aptitude for the mathematics required.


yes indeed

plus i'm just too much of an arts guy to sign up for something so orderly
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TOS wrote:
juice wrote:
TOS wrote: honestly if i had to do it over again i would have become an astronomer

It always fascinated me but I did not have the aptitude for the mathematics required.


yes indeed

plus i'm just too much of an arts guy to sign up for something so orderly

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maurvir wrote: Image


this is very cool, and frightening at the same time, because skinjob cylons.
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juice wrote:
TOS wrote:
juice wrote:
TOS wrote: honestly if i had to do it over again i would have become an astronomer

It always fascinated me but I did not have the aptitude for the mathematics required.


yes indeed

plus i'm just too much of an arts guy to sign up for something so orderly

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Not to change the subject too much, but a lot of people scorned Jobs for that sign. Usually the same people who can't conceive of how the Mac products are revolutionary. It's because they only think in terms of the technology itself, not in terms of getting that technology to the people who need and want it. Very little of Apple's products are truly technologically revolutionary, but they were nonetheless game changers because they made it accessible to ordinary mortals. Which is why we think of the iPhone as the world's first "smart phone", even though it was a relatively late product in the field.

To bring it back on point, this is why NASA hires artists to recolor images from space probes. The actual data is important to scientists, but everyone else wants to see pictures. They want a glimpse of an alien world that they can relate to. They don't really care that limitations of the sensor mean that the images are as much art as reality.
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juice wrote:
TOS wrote:
juice wrote:
TOS wrote: honestly if i had to do it over again i would have become an astronomer

It always fascinated me but I did not have the aptitude for the mathematics required.


yes indeed

plus i'm just too much of an arts guy to sign up for something so orderly

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yeah

i've known a lot of engineers in my day and many of them were plenty arrogant but i've yet to meet a single one with whom i'd want to witch places
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TOS wrote:

witch places


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my s key is flaky, okay?
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So is your shift key? ;)
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YES
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oops
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Chinese solar power farm.

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*phew* -- For a second, I thought the aliens were getting cute with us.
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is that a dolmen? those things are so mysterious
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TOS wrote: is that a dolmen? those things are so mysterious


all I know is that it is Finland
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TOS wrote: is that a dolmen? those things are so mysterious


They are interesting, but not really mysterious. They were the result of glaciers moving across north America. The base is smoothed from the polishing action of the glacier scraping over it, while the top rock was merely deposited on it, hence it being much rougher. It didn't get polished because it was being carried along in ice.

What is fascinating is that they can stay that way for so long. I know it's simply physics, and that they weigh so much that it takes a tremendous amount of force to push them over, but it still seems amazing that nothing was able to accomplish it since the last ice age. The same is true of the hoodoos in the desert, though those are formed differently, and until they break, are still one giant piece of rock.
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looks like a regular dude wearing a brown shirt to me
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to a layman, sure
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Fly over Pluto and Charon in 3d animations released by NASA

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/16/1597 ... w-horizons
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But ... the X-Men!
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very groovy
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In other words...we are DEVO.
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Metacell wrote: In other words...we are DEVO.


crack that whip
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:: whips it good and furiously ::
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