Star Goes Rogue in Untimely Collision

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  1. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    link

    I'm both awestruck and humbled by this.
     
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    astronomy is beyond my comprehension

    very cool
     
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    That really is amazing. Those pictures are phenomenal.
     
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    Agreed, that is quite awesome.:eek:
     
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    Agreed. I can't wrap my head around it. Just thinking about the infinite universe and the fact that there are billions of stars out in never ending space and other galaxies, possible with civilization at least as advanced as us just makes my brain crash. Too much to comprehend.

    And yeah, I would find it very difficult to believe that there's no intelligent life out there. The universe is so bloody huge, there's no way we can be the only ones.
     
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    Ah, but the real question is, do they have the interwebs?
     
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    Ooops! I knew I should have cut the blue wire...
     
  10. completeidiot23 macrumors member

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    now you know that its should be a universal law that you shouldn't google google
     
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    Hah!
     
  12. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    The problem is that the universe is so ridiculously huge in both space and time that should there be other intelligent life out there, it's highly unlikely we'd ever find each other.

    Humans (as we know us today) have been around for, depending on who you believe, tens of thousands of years. Of that, we've only had the ability to send and detect radio signals for the last century or so. We don't yet have any practical ability for interstellar travel or communication. We individually live, maybe 80 years, meaning that if we ever do make contact, it likely won't be in your lifetime or mine.

    Imagine a two-dimensional grid. One axis represents time -- in billions of years (past and future). The other axis represents space -- billions of light-years. We represent a tiny, tiny speck in the middle -- our ~100 years of radio capability against a few light-years worth of communications range. The rest of that grid could be teeming with intelligent life, but odds are it was, literally, a long long time ago (or in a long time to come), in a galaxy far, far away... :eek:
     
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    that is exactly what i always say - way beyond comprehension.
     
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    "Get your sun explosion insurance here folks! Dont be left in the dark when the sun explodes! Get your sun explosion insurance here!"
     
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    What kind of coverage do I get?

    Is there a black hole clause?
     
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    Showed my wife the picture and she was atounded! Nice clarity for so far away!
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Nokia 5800 Tube XpressMusic : Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7D11 Safari/528.16)

    Must have been a Nikon. No way a Canon could do that.

    *runs and hides*
     
  18. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Same here. Kernel Panics when I try to wrap my hear around it.



    But those pictures are truly amazing. I can't believe that's actually how it looks. It's no render or anything, that is what a star blowing up looks like.

    *amazed*
     
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    Anybody remember the Twilight Zone episode "The Midnight Sun" in which Earth was slowly being baked to death over a period of a few weeks? In that story, Earth mysteriously changed its orbit and started moving in towards the Sun -- but this is still an all too eerie way for something like that to come true.

    [​IMG]
     
  21. Iscariot thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It's not atypical for astronomy photographs to be colorized to help differentiate bands of light/radiation.
    No, but I remember the promising and then altogether disappointing movie Sunshine.
     
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    Absolutely.
    The girlfriend has just finished singing a concert with the BBC orchestra about space and such. They had some a few speeches from astronomers before the show who really did a good job of astounding the audience. Really puts us as such a non-entity in the grand scheme of things.
     
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    I saw that episode by chance a few months ago...very interesting scenario.

    Not worth worrying about though, because if it were to happen we'd all be equally and rapidly screwed.
     

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