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Here's the complete "super blood moon" coverage from Slooh observatories in 720p. Almost 5 hours of non-stop eclipse-y goodness from around the world.


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AWESOME pics, thanx.

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AWESOME pics, thanx.
You're most welcome.

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H2O found on planet Wabo! We only just found out what he's known for years!
Water on the red planet is pretty major.

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As I understand it, they haven't actually found liquid water on Mars yet. It's not like the rovers have gotten stuck in the mud or anything. They've seen light reflected off some salts from one of the Martian satellites that normally indicates the presence of liquid water "within a few days".

Which is still pretty exciting! But they won't send the rovers to those areas because of the fear that they could possibly still be carrying earthly bacteria. They haven't sterilized the landers before take-off since the 70's -- too expensive too harden them against that kind of heat.
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As I understand it, they haven't actually found liquid water on Mars yet. It's not like the rovers have gotten stuck in the mud or anything. They've seen light reflected off some salts from one of the Martian satellites that normally indicates the presence of liquid water "within a few days".

Which is still pretty exciting! But they won't send the rovers to those areas because of the fear that they could possibly still be carrying earthly bacteria. They haven't sterilized the landers before take-off since the 70's -- too expensive too harden them against that kind of heat.
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I have no idea what the point of that GIF was in relation to my post. But it's adorable! Um, whatever that critter is. Martian bear cub?

BTW oink, forget that water-on-Mars stuff. My 120" Falcon 'scope screen is finally arriving today! Theater may be up and running in the next couple of weeks!!!! That's great news on an interstellar scale, amiright??
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I have no idea what the point of that GIF was in relation to my post. But it's adorable! Um, whatever that critter is. Martian bear cub?
Most of my posts ARE pointless (but you know that already).


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WOOT, IT TRULY IS!!!!!


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Aliens, frickin' Aliens!
http://news.discovery.com/space/alie...ens-151012.htm

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More frickin' Aliens:
http://news.discovery.com/space/alie...ure-151014.htm

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All larger life comes from smaller life.

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GRRRRR....

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LOL! Wrong on so many levels...
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Wow, Hawking is a neocon.

Neocon speak:

Dipsh*t 1: "What's that?"

Dipsh*t 2: "I don't know, but lets kill it."

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Wow, Hawking is a neocon.

Neocon speak:

Dipsh*t 1: "What's that?"

Dipsh*t 2: "I don't know, but lets kill it."

Killer Ape...it has such a pleasant ring to it.

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^ Interesting.

I assume the scientists working on this have already ruled out most of the "usual suspects". But an Aglol variable star can have changes in brightness on this magnitude.

The period of KIC 8462852's brightness changes are well within the norm for Algol variables. The shortest known period for an Algol variable is about 3 hours, while the longest is 27 years. And the major brightness changes on KIC 8462852 seem to occur about every 2 years. (The last predicted observation was missed btw, due to a malfunction in Kepler's telescope).

What's interesting about KIC 8462852 though is the "sloppiness" of some of the fluctuations.



KIC 8462852:



Closeup views of the two main dips in KIC 8462852's brightness at 793 and 1520 days...



Perhaps this star had a companion, which recently broke up?... Hence the series of spikes at around 1500 days, rather than one smooth spike.

There are other smaller changes in the brightness of this star that occur on the order of days or weeks though, which then disappear...



So there's definitely something "weird" goin on up there. And maybe we'll know a little more after some radio observations are taken in January.

If it is aliens, then they're building on a truly MASSIVE scale around this star, because the objects would need to be on the order of half the star's width in size to block 22% of it's light!

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FWIW, I think it's these guys:


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I hope you're right. But here's my own personal theory about KIC 8462852 (which regrettably doesn't require any super-intelligent aliens building massive Dyson spheres around their sun). It's an Algol binary star system with some large planets orbiting around one of the stars.

The two stars orbit each other every 4 years. When the star without planets eclipses the star with planets, there's a single dip in brightness (at 793 days on the graph below).



When the star with planets eclipses the star without planets, there's one large drop in brightness (at 1520 days on the graph), and also a series of smaller dips in brightness as the planets also partially eclipse the farther star.

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Adu,


Are you an astrophysicist or did you spend last night at a Holiday Inn?

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Fixed the broken Wikipedia image links above. Hopefully the new graphs will stay put.

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Are you an astrophysicist...
Ya mean like dis guy?...



Nope. I just read a few articles, and drew my own conclusions (which could be completely wrong btw ).

(That's Carl Sagan, for anyone who may not know.)

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Is that where all the science geeks hang these days?

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Ya mean like dis guy?...

Everyone knows America's Patron Saint of Astronomy.



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We do...you should drop by some time.
You will find us in the room with Led Zep's Stairway to Heaven playing at 120 decibels...just follow the dead hookers and empty Irish Whiskey bottles (you can't miss us).

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The one hosting the local MENSA chapter..
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The problem is human beings CAN build pyramids if they wish to.
We have the intelligence to do so.
Turns out they were built to store grain. And massive amounts of it. That's what those shafts are for. Pour that stuff right in there and down it goes. Somewhere. In those shafts.

Now, about that intelligence comment.
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Turns out they were built to store grain. And massive amounts of it. That's what those shafts are for. Pour that stuff right in there and down it goes. Somewhere. In those shafts.
Ya gotta admit...they're killer grain storage facilities.

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Turns out they were built to store grain. And massive amounts of it. That's what those shafts are for. Pour that stuff right in there and down it goes. Somewhere. In those shafts.
Seriously? We know that now? I always thought the shafts were there to lead to the secret burial chambers, disguised and well hidden. If I was a deified Pharaoh wielding absolute authority and power, I don't know that I'd want my glorious afterlife to occur in a hum-drum grain silo. How revoltin'!

Besides that, speaking strictly from an architectural standpoint, that's an awfully inefficient structure for storing grain, having to scale a slick, limestone faced monolith in order to make grain deposits and withdrawls. Makes no logical sense.

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Ya gotta admit...they're killer grain storage facilities.
You have no idea. The Pharaohs' architects often had their eyes gouged out or were put to death so they couldn't design anything of similar majesty for anyone else. Not the kind of bonus structure you'd necessarily be looking for.
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Seriously? We know that now? Makes no logical sense.
Well, you need some learnin'.
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I don't know that I'd want my glorious afterlife to occur in a hum-drum grain silo.
Man...you know so little about what is really important in the universe.


Lemme point out something right here for ya: without GRAIN, there is no Beer.
And without BEER is Life or the Afterlife really worth suffering thru?
(tip your waitress on the way out, son).

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Besides that, speaking strictly from an architectural standpoint, that's an awfully inefficient structure for storing grain, having to scale a slick, limestone faced monolith in order to make grain deposits and withdrawls. Makes no logical sense.
Logic, smogic...highly overrated.

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Probably not, especially when you consider BEER () was their fav drink and you could work on your tan all day while sipping.


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Well, you need some learnin'.
Thank you for providing me with some important scientific knowledge born from cutting-edge research.

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OMG! Every time you think you've seen it all, it just gets worse.
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