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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
11:01 pm

 So... just joined.

The Geminids are going to peak this year, Deember 14th.  I won't be able to watch it at maximum because of school. [Guh, I mean, seriously.]  BUT, I was wondering on who else planned to try and view them?

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
4:34 pm - That's Jupiter's Moons!
I expect one of these awesome new images will soon appear on apod.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
9:38 am

Just something I remembered off the top of my head.
Ever been gazing at the stars when you've seen a flashing light merrily moving across the sky? I've written it off as being a satellite or something- brighter then normal and the lights are flashing, but I've just thought maybe it was because it was the sunlight reflecting off it or it was closer to earth.
Someone told me yesterday that it's actually caused by iridium flares...
Now the question is- the point of the iridium flares?

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
11:22 am - Where has apod gone?

Has anyone else noticed that the apod feed has not been updated since the 15th of Feb.
I was just wondering if anyone knew why?

I miss apod.

current mood: curious

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Saturday, January 21st, 2006
1:43 pm - Extraterrestrials...

Given that the universe is vast and 90 percent of it is still unknown, does anyone here ever wonder if there are other intelligent life occupying some other parts of the universe? (By intelligent, I mean fully conscious, self-aware beings like [most of] us).

current mood: contemplative

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Monday, January 9th, 2006
7:29 pm - Interesting article on black holes


One-way trip into black hole takes 200,000 years

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Friday, December 30th, 2005
4:58 pm

Favorite APOD pic?

Happy New Year.

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
1:29 pm - new community
leelaa http://www.livejournal.com/community/martian_citizen/

new community for Mars. please join!

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Sunday, November 27th, 2005
10:50 am - WAKE UP!!!

I need a new wallpaper for my desktop. Does anyone have any favorite pictures from apod they can recommend?

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Sunday, November 6th, 2005
11:49 am - Where is APOD?
melbournian Is the APOD feed broken? I don't think I've seen any entries this month.

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
9:44 am - for the 25 that care....

A couple of times APOD has posted pictures and a couple of people have said that are not strictly astromeny related. You know what type of pics I mean. Opinions?

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Monday, October 3rd, 2005
4:05 pm - Cassini Returns Photos of Hyperion
melbournian Article from Slashdot:

"The Cassini Saturn probe has captured the previously unseen northern polar region of Saturn's moon Hyperion. Its weirdly eroded surface looks like nothing else in the solar system seen so far, demonstrating once again that when it comes to planetary exploration, "expect the unexpected" is more than just glib advice from the Hitch-hiker's Guide!"

I think this should be Astronomy Picture Of the Day.Collapse )

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
12:10 am - News aggreggator thingamajig...

For those who like to subscribe to news feeds, there's one for universetoday here on LJ. So far it's only got 2 readers, but I think it's interesting and it doesn't "hog" up your friends page. JTYLTK :)

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Monday, September 19th, 2005
4:01 pm - The Universe will eventually come to an end...


How the Universe Will End
Scientists think they know how the universe began, but what happens at the other end of the space—time continuum was a deep, dark mystery—until now

Read this article from TIME.com.

By 1998 both teams knew something very weird was happening. The cosmic expansion should have been slowing down a lot or a little, depending on whether it contained a lot of matter or a little—an effect that should have shown up as distant supernovas, looking brighter than you would expect compared with closer ones. But, in fact, they were dimmer—as if the expansion was speeding up. "I kept running the numbers through the computer," recalls Adam Riess, a Space Telescope Science Institute astronomer analyzing the data from Schmidt's group, "and the answers made no sense. I was sure there was a bug in the program." Perlmutter's group, meanwhile, spent the better part of the year trying to figure out what could be producing its own crazy results.

In the end, both teams adopted Sherlock Holmes' attitude: once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever is left, no matter how improbable, has got to be true. The universe was indeed speeding up, suggesting that some sort of powerful antigravity force was at work, forcing the galaxies to fly apart even as ordinary gravity was trying to draw them together. "It helped a lot," says Riess, "that Saul's group was getting the same answer we were. When you have a strange result, you like to have company." Both groups announced their findings almost simultaneously, and the accelerating universe was named Discovery of the Year for 1998 by Science magazine.

Anyway, I think this raises a very important issue: if the universe has an end, then all of life that is in it has to come to an end. What does this mean for those who believe in a god (or gods)? What about those who hanker for immortality in some other form (like freezing your body for scientists or some other method)? Is immortality even possible knowing that someday the universe will cease to exist? Where does this place us in the grand scheme of things? If their findings are correct, and "the end" won't happen for millions of years, do you think scientists in the future may be able to find a way to stop it? My stance: all of human life arose through random, natural, albeit complex processes, and once we pass, we cease to exist. Death = total annihilation. Anyway, I couldn't think of anything worse than immortality. It would be incredibly boring.

In short, my opinion is: what we were before we were born is what we become when we die. Any thoughts or opinions?

current mood: curious

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6:42 pm

I order you to update.

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Thursday, September 15th, 2005
10:51 am

I know this has nothing at all to do with stuff outside the atmosphere, but I'm the mod, so ha ha.
The point is, whinge all you like, but first go here and sponser me. My number is 25051314-0

Please please do this. I'm trying to raise $400 in less then two weeks for the 40 hour famine. I'm going a whole week without wearing black or eyeliner, and that's a pretty big thing.

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Friday, September 9th, 2005
1:06 am - this has nothing to do with the group, but interesting none the less.

well, i officially think that the world is coming to an end.
why you ask?
it's about 1 AM here in Seattle and i can take a book outside and read it with no artificial lighting.
small print book too.

is it possible that a white cloud cover can reflect the city light back to earth? because when i look up, all i see are orange-ish clouds.
all in all, i am creeped out.

current mood: contemplative

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Friday, September 2nd, 2005
12:54 pm


Apparently up to two-thirds of all spiral galaxies contain bars.

Click on memeic for more memeic astronomy cartoons.

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Friday, August 19th, 2005
12:00 pm - John Bahcall

Atrophysicist John Bahcall died at 70 of a rare blood disease. See Yahoo news.

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
3:54 pm

How do you feel when you think of you're self in the universe?
I feel mighty. True, I am nothing compared to lightyears of gas, giant plants, black holes, galaxies eating one another or supernovas... but I'm me. I'm alive, I am me, I am walking along with all this wonderous stuff and I feel glorious.

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