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on: January 30, 2020, 02:58:17 PM


I love astronomy, fascinates me.
They spend millions on studying the universe, and her threats.  Take a picture of the sun and it looks like a caramel popcorn ball...  real or fake??
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Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 10:06:31 PM
Ok, Shiela. You spilled your Cracker Jacks trying to get the prize. Am I close?  ;D ;D

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Reply #2 on: January 30, 2020, 10:40:50 PM
Is Betelgeuse, one of the sky’s brightest stars, on the brink of a supernova?



One of the sky’s brightest lights is losing its shine.

Since the start of December, the star Betelgeuse — the gleaming right shoulder of the constellation Orion — has been rapidly growing dim. Just 650 light-years from Earth, it’s usually the ninth most luminous star in the sky. Right now, it wouldn’t even break the top 20.

Betelgeuse is a “variable” star, known for wild fluctuations in its brightness, but scientists have never recorded it changing quite so fast. Such strange behavior from a beloved star has them wondering: Is this a sign that Betelgeuse is about to explode?

Astronomers know that day is bound to come. Betelgeuse is at least 15 times more massive than the sun and wide enough that, if we moved it to our solar system, it would extend past the orbit of Jupiter. “Supergiants” like this tend to live fast and die young, and Betelgeuse’s red color indicates that it has already moved to one of the last stages of a star’s life: fusing helium atoms into ever-heavier elements, which it occasionally spews into space. The carbon in your cells and the oxygen in your lungs was made this way, borne across the universe on the sighs of a dying sun.

Eventually, all the material in the core will become iron — an element too heavy for further fusion. The star will succumb to the intense inward crush of its own gravity. Betelgeuse will go supernova.

“But I’m not holding my breath for it,” said Miguel Montargès, an astrophysicist at Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.





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Reply #3 on: January 31, 2020, 01:34:25 AM
Is Betelgeuse,




I thought you warned us not to say that three times?


As a boy, I knew that star’s name.  It was my favorite, because it was red and part of Orion.  As least we’ll still have Rigel.



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Reply #5 on: January 31, 2020, 03:00:05 PM
I absolutely love this stuff, it fascinates me just how massive things can be (insert penis joke here).  The concept of a star that huge can in a matter of minutes crush itself and then explode after surviving for billions of years... mind blowing.

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Reply #6 on: January 31, 2020, 03:04:03 PM

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Reply #7 on: January 31, 2020, 03:27:16 PM




Usually very vivid in the winter’s night sky, but lately all I see is dark clouds at night.  If there’s a break in the clouds, I’m going to go look at my old friend.



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Reply #8 on: January 31, 2020, 03:56:41 PM
Placing random celestial lights into nameable shapes is proof that mind-altering drugs existed thousands of years ago. The shepherd getting stoned while watching his flock looks up and sees all kinds of pictures.   ;D ;D

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Reply #9 on: January 31, 2020, 04:05:09 PM
Placing random celestial lights into nameable shapes is proof that mind-altering drugs existed thousands of years ago. The shepherd getting stoned while watching his flock looks up and sees all kinds of pictures.   ;D ;D

Good point love.  Didn't have hygiene and food standards like we do today.  Who knows what mushrooms they were eating with their dirty fingers.

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Reply #10 on: January 31, 2020, 04:40:59 PM
Placing random celestial lights into nameable shapes is proof that mind-altering drugs existed thousands of years ago. The shepherd getting stoned while watching his flock looks up and sees all kinds of pictures.   ;D ;D

The night sky is vanishing: 80 percent of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way



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Reply #11 on: January 31, 2020, 04:44:51 PM
Placing random celestial lights into nameable shapes is proof that mind-altering drugs existed thousands of years ago. The shepherd getting stoned while watching his flock looks up and sees all kinds of pictures.   ;D ;D

The night sky is vanishing: 80 percent of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way

Because they are all staring down at their phones   :facepalm:

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Reply #13 on: January 31, 2020, 04:59:14 PM

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Reply #14 on: January 31, 2020, 10:24:59 PM

The night sky is vanishing: 80 percent of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way


Light pollution.  UGH!

This was just in the news last week.  

Michigan’s second international dark sky park makes its debut

I had never heard about the first one.   Hope to visit sometime.  
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I may have to take a trip there as well, but I know what you mean love.  Even driving out to the country side it still gets blocked out by nearby towns, and cities.  The best view I ever got a star filled sky was when I was in NTC (national training center) in the mojave desert.  Up on a canyon wall.  Absolutely zero lights anywhere.  It was spectacular.
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