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#1 raubhimself

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 07:58 PM

quoted from the "real world" thread:

Speaking of contentment. Do that. It's great. Clear your mind on a clear night. Check out some awesome stars. Listen to some music you love. You don't have to know anything about the sky, just stare at it and don't even think about anything, but think about everything.

It's a real shame that there is a parking lot with lights on until 12am right next to my house. All of the really interesting stuff is to the north, and that's precisely where the parking lot is relative to my yard, not to mention that there is a highway with lots of development along it that causes some nice light pollution. To the south is pretty dark, but the lights in the parking lot make seeing with the naked eye hard, and the light reflects off my binocular lenses. To the west is the center of town, so lots of light. The west is relatively free save for a few trees, and I can see some cool stuff there.


let's talk about astronomy! web sites, star charts / maps, equipment, etc...what do you got??
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:02 PM

I took astronomy as one of my general ed classes. I took it at the community college over the summer with one of the best teachers I've ever had. Science freakin rules!

We went on a field trip to an observatory place about 70 miles outside of the city. Amazing experience. It's the place of the San Diego Astronomical Association. It's a bunch of amateur dudes' little astronomy huts with crazy expensive telescopes. We looked through one and saw Jupiter. Craaaazy stuff, you could make out the bands and the spot. The detail was about equivalent to looking at a dime from maybe 6 feet away. It was insane being able to see Jupiter in such detail, knowing how far away it is.

It's cool being away from the city and seeing a billion stars in the sky, but just "star gazing" gets a little old after a little while. I'm into seeing specific things.
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:18 PM

"Where is your star?
Is it far? Is it far? Is it far?
When do we leave?
I believe, yes, I believe."

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:48 PM

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:56 PM

I am from an extremely rural area a la Hohman, but I think I'm much higher up in elevation because I live on the edge of the Appalachians. I love stargazing. It doesn't even need to be winter for it to be clear and beautiful, as long as it is cloudless and you're on a nice hill, you can look in about 280-300 degrees (barring elevation and disturbances) and see stars crystal clear. In Philly, though, it is rare if I see three or four at most from my backward.

I really miss getting a little buzzed and laying out in my field listening to music on my mp3 player and just looking at the sky and thinking. I always wanted to be a pilot or space explorer or something along those lines as a kid - I still think that space has limitless (to us currently) opportunities for exploration and advancement. I can only hope I live till the days of teleportation, near-light speed travel and the colonization of Sol system moons and planets.

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:56 PM

That was interesting, Bucky. I forgot just how puny our solar system is compared to some of the others in the universe.
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:57 PM

I allways though learning a lot of constalations and takinga girl on a date to star gaze then saying a load of stars to her would be pretty impressive, however i have yet to aquire this knowledge
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:57 PM

When I was a young genius boy I took beginners astronomy at the college. This was when Comet Hale-bopp was coming to town. Since this time I have become less intelligent and forgotten most of what I learned in this class. I was much better at this as a kid.

I'm pretty lucky because I live in part of town where I can walk and get away from much of the light without much trouble. If I cared to get away from all of the light I could drive and be in a good position in five minutes or something.

Fun fact, I have seen the moons of Jupiter through the worlds largest portable telescope.
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:59 PM

I allways though learning a lot of constalations and takinga girl on a date to star gaze then saying a load of stars to her would be pretty impressive, however i have yet to aquire this knowledge



If she doesn't know so you can just make stuff up and she'll think she is bad at it. Her attention won't be on the sky anyways because we all know that girls are only interested in one thing!
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:03 PM

I can only hope I live till the days of teleportation....


That was back in 1993...for sub-atomic light particles only, though. At the very least, this might be useful for computing purposes. Check out the following link:

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 04:27 AM

I just finished reading an astronomy textbook for a much better general understanding of the field and to fill in the gaps of what I didn't know. I loved it.
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 06:22 AM

I just finished reading an astronomy textbook for a much better general understanding of the field and to fill in the gaps of what I didn't know. I loved it.


Back in 2000 I was taking Astronomy as a fluff class and we had to do these night sketches every week (or night? I can't remember). Anyway, one memorable sketch was when I was up in Swampscott, MA, for show #5 of the Minibosses. The church there had a snack bar. True story.

Someone stole my astro textbook :(
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 02:42 PM

Haha I thought the title said "astrology." That would of been interesting.


Wow that GIF is crazy. I feel so small! :) Or, more importantly, I feel like I am part of something on such a grandiose scale it is nigh impossible to apprehend.
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 02:45 PM

I'm feeling small. Somebody make a gif that zooms in from people down to atoms, down to quarks.
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 02:46 PM

I'm feeling small. Somebody make a gif that zooms in from people down to atoms, down to quarks.


I'll quark YOU
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