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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:29 AM   #131

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hey, no big deal. --- this stuff is just so exciting but then we are in a "small" circle of people here. most of my neighors have "no" idea of any of this stuff. --- cheers
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Old January 5th, 2013, 02:36 PM   #132

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Someone pointed me to this Windows prog which is a 3d space similutor. It's non-install freeware, and quite snazzy.

Some screenshots here (not mine) - Space Engine Photos by Alarim | Photobucket

and the website/download is here - spaceengine - Home page
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Old January 5th, 2013, 05:37 PM   #133

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hey, no big deal. --- this stuff is just so exciting but then we are in a "small" circle of people here. most of my neighors have "no" idea of any of this stuff. --- cheers
I am always looking at the stars, and I always read your posts in here as you put something very interesting in here. Thank you.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 06:56 PM   #134

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I am always looking at the stars, and I always read your posts in here as you put something very interesting in here. Thank you.
me to I would have to say, the other night Jupiter looked quite amazing, my favourite stars are deneb, Sirius and vy canis majoris, my favourite constellation would be Cygnus and the star adhara is quite beautiful to look at.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 07:10 AM   #135

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Museum of the American Indian launches website on astronomy and Maya mathematics - The Yucatan Times
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Old January 8th, 2013, 05:41 AM   #136

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Estimate suggests that our galaxy contains 17 billion sizzling-hot Earths
Estimate suggests that our galaxy contains 17 billion sizzling-hot Earths - Cosmic Log

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simulation based on data from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission has determined that about one out of every six stars has an Earth-sized planet, which would translate to at least 17 billion such worlds in our Milky Way galaxy. And that's not even counting the alien Earths we'd want to live on.
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Scarily close ...
BBC News - Apophis asteroid: Large space rock flies past Earth
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Old January 10th, 2013, 02:28 AM   #138

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Most distant (aka earliest) supernova spotted:
BBC News - Supernova 'Mingus' could shed light on dark energy

Not quite sure why it's called "Mingis". Sounds a bit rude to me.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 04:00 AM   #139

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Inspired by the BBC's Stargazing Live this week, last night I had a look at Jupiter through my birdwatching scope (it was a bit awkward, but it worked).

Simply: wow! I could clearly see four moons and also the pattern on the planet itself.

Also, the Pleiades look amazing through binoculars.
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Most distant (aka earliest) supernova spotted:
BBC News - Supernova 'Mingus' could shed light on dark energy

Not quite sure why it's called "Mingis". Sounds a bit rude to me.
Sounds quite cruel to me ... I mean it looks pretty in the picture.

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Inspired by the BBC's Stargazing Live this week, last night I had a look at Jupiter through my birdwatching scope (it was a bit awkward, but it worked).

Simply: wow! I could clearly see four moons and also the pattern on the planet itself.

Also, the Pleiades look amazing through binoculars.
Wow, that must be a pretty good scope. I saw Saturn's rings through my scope, by which I mean I saw a blurry white blob with two tiny blurry white blobs either side of it Still very exciting though.
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