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Posted: Mar 16, 2022 - 4:57pm

The James Webb Space Telescope is working as well as astronomers dreamed it would
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Posted: Feb 9, 2022 - 12:58pm


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Posted: Feb 3, 2022 - 6:52am

 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
  one of the funnier stories a text book contained when I was teaching English to insurance brokers years ago was of a court case in the States. Went something like this:

Counsel for the defense interrogating the state coroner:
   "How can you be sure the victim was dead?"
Coroner
   "Because his brain was in a glass jar on my desk"
Counsel
   "But technically, he may still have been alive?"
Coroner
   "Well I guess he may still be alive and practising law somewhere." 

did he have a mind file?
because if he did...

currently all i'm going to say on this subject is that i've had one or more for awhile
which may or may not explain a lot
it's the original meta



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Posted: Feb 3, 2022 - 6:05am

 rgio wrote:
 miamizsun wrote:
and the tech? hardware prices dropping and the software is mind bottling

For future use no doubt?  
 
{#Lol}  one of the funnier stories a text book contained when I was teaching English to insurance brokers years ago was of a court case in the States. Went something like this:

Counsel for the defense interrogating the state coroner:
   "How can you be sure the victim was dead?"
Coroner
   "Because his brain was in a glass jar on my desk"
Counsel
   "But technically, he may still have been alive?"
Coroner
   "Well I guess he may still be alive and practising law somewhere." 
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Posted: Feb 3, 2022 - 5:33am

 rgio wrote:
 miamizsun wrote:
and the tech? hardware prices dropping and the software is mind bottling

For future use no doubt?  
 

yep i like to use a brown glass and store at room temp
it's a lot easier than diddling with cryogenics, vacuums, lead shielding and it works for other important stuff

software? it looks like there are the usual suspects in photo processing, sfw would be right at home
i'll probably wait until the barriers to entry are in a handy app that willie nelson could use
you know who told me that wrangling light from that distance requires patience and special bum salve
so i'd probably have to go out into the everglades at night and lose the pants
i've already decided on what to name my first discovery
the kindred hobo nebula!
once this gets rolling i say let the NFTs flow!
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Posted: Feb 3, 2022 - 5:06am

 miamizsun wrote:
and the tech? hardware prices dropping and the software is mind bottling

For future use no doubt?  

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Posted: Feb 3, 2022 - 4:34am

 haresfur wrote:
 miamizsun wrote:

that is amazing heck i'm blown away at the astrophotography on twitter
stunning images/captures from telescopes w/ cameras in backyards makes you want to buy a rig and point it toward the night sky...
A friend built an observatory with a honkin' big (can't remember the exact size) reflector scope in his yard. He's outside of town and we get some incredibly clear nights. Anyway, he was showing me the process for processing images and it was mind blowing. It involved software that analyses and grabs the best frames from a video and stacks them. Then it goes into software that takes out the noise then something to enhance the image. Or something like that. Pretty complex, but amazing automation mixed with hand processing. His images of various nebulae are really nice.
 

saw a bit where these guys into this stuff were helping each other build "roofless enclosures" in their backyards

like a simple shed with high walls and no roof/top or removeable roofs
i think they were shielding their rigs from excess light (trying to control for light gathering/pollution)
obviously if you spend a few grand on a setup you'd like to protect it too
you know, bad guys in the middle of the night making off with your equipment

and the tech? hardware prices dropping and the software is mind bottling
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 7:14pm

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My roommate, mentioned below, was friends with Sagan. And, because he named astronomical objects after them, met Eno who gave him Fripp’s phone number. Seriously.


Sagan is the closest human I have to a hero.
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 7:11pm

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most of the stuff in orbit capable of exploration/surveillance/data gathering and processing is pointed back at us

very refreshing to see a tool that powerful used for the benefit of scientific discovery

"let's look"   ~ carl sagan


My roommate, mentioned below, was friends with Sagan. And, because he named astronomical objects after them, met Eno who gave him Fripp’s phone number. Seriously.
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 4:47pm

I’m just concerned about the 
Earth Trojan asteroid!
{#Eek}
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 1:44pm

 miamizsun wrote:

that is amazing

heck i'm blown away at the astrophotography on twitter
stunning images/captures from telescopes w/ cameras in backyards

makes you want to buy a rig and point it toward the night sky...
 
incredible...
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 1:39pm

 miamizsun wrote:

that is amazing

heck i'm blown away at the astrophotography on twitter
stunning images/captures from telescopes w/ cameras in backyards

makes you want to buy a rig and point it toward the night sky...


A friend built an observatory with a honkin' big (can't remember the exact size) reflector scope in his yard. He's outside of town and we get some incredibly clear nights. Anyway, he was showing me the process for processing images and it was mind blowing. It involved software that analyses and grabs the best frames from a video and stacks them. Then it goes into software that takes out the noise then something to enhance the image. Or something like that. Pretty complex, but amazing automation mixed with hand processing. His images of various nebulae are really nice.
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 8:56am

 Steely_D wrote:
 Red_Dragon wrote:
Webb represents what we are capable of as a species. It's a marvelous instrument and I'm very excited about what it's going to show us.
My college roommate, bass player in my band and member of my college trivia team, has his pics of Pluto in the Smithsonian, and went on to discover Ultima Thule. The New Horizon spacecraft was on its way to Pluto, and he discovered this object at the furthest edge of our solar system, untouched and unchanged since the beginning of the solar system because it’s out of range of thermal and other atmospheric changes. After the flyby of Pluto, they diverted the ship another million miles or so to get images of the bilobed  object which he had completely predicted based on occultation data. He showed me the little clay model that he made and with a sly grin said “this is going in the Smithsonian. I am a massive space nerd and he brought me and my other half along to the flyby party. What an amazing thing. 
 
Geaux Tigers!
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 7:29am

 Steely_D wrote:


My college roommate, bass player in my band and member of my college trivia team, has his pics of Pluto in the Smithsonian, and went on to discover Ultima Thule. The New Horizon spacecraft was on its way to Pluto, and he discovered this object at the furthest edge of our solar system, untouched and unchanged since the beginning of the solar system because it’s out of range of thermal and other atmospheric changes.

After the flyby of Pluto, they diverted the ship another million miles or so to get images of the bilobed  object which he had completely predicted based on occultation data. He showed me the little clay model that he made and with a sly grin said “this is going in the Smithsonian.

I am a massive space nerd and he brought me and my other half along to the flyby party. What an amazing thing. 





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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 5:22am

 Steely_D wrote:
My college roommate, bass player in my band and member of my college trivia team, has his pics of Pluto in the Smithsonian, and went on to discover Ultima Thule. The New Horizon spacecraft was on its way to Pluto, and he discovered this object at the furthest edge of our solar system, untouched and unchanged since the beginning of the solar system because it’s out of range of thermal and other atmospheric changes. After the flyby of Pluto, they diverted the ship another million miles or so to get images of the bilobed  object which he had completely predicted based on occultation data. He showed me the little clay model that he made and with a sly grin said “this is going in the Smithsonian. I am a massive space nerd and he brought me and my other half along to the flyby party. What an amazing thing. 
 
that is amazing

heck i'm blown away at the astrophotography on twitter
stunning images/captures from telescopes w/ cameras in backyards

makes you want to buy a rig and point it toward the night sky...
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022 - 5:06am

 Red_Dragon wrote: 
most of the stuff in orbit capable of exploration/surveillance/data gathering and processing is pointed back at us

very refreshing to see a tool that powerful used for the benefit of scientific discovery

"let's look"   ~ carl sagan
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Posted: Feb 1, 2022 - 8:41pm

 Steely_D wrote:


My college roommate, bass player in my band and member of my college trivia team, has his pics of Pluto in the Smithsonian, and went on to discover Ultima Thule. The New Horizon spacecraft was on its way to Pluto, and he discovered this object at the furthest edge of our solar system, untouched and unchanged since the beginning of the solar system because it’s out of range of thermal and other atmospheric changes.

After the flyby of Pluto, they diverted the ship another million miles or so to get images of the bilobed  object which he had completely predicted based on occultation data. He showed me the little clay model that he made and with a sly grin said “this is going in the Smithsonian.

Wow.
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Posted: Feb 1, 2022 - 8:21pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:


Webb represents what we are capable of as a species. It's a marvelous instrument and I'm very excited about what it's going to show us.


My college roommate, bass player in my band and member of my college trivia team, has his pics of Pluto in the Smithsonian, and went on to discover Ultima Thule. The New Horizon spacecraft was on its way to Pluto, and he discovered this object at the furthest edge of our solar system, untouched and unchanged since the beginning of the solar system because it’s out of range of thermal and other atmospheric changes.

After the flyby of Pluto, they diverted the ship another million miles or so to get images of the bilobed  object which he had completely predicted based on occultation data. He showed me the little clay model that he made and with a sly grin said “this is going in the Smithsonian.”

I am a massive space nerd and he brought me and my other half along to the flyby party. What an amazing thing. 




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Posted: Feb 1, 2022 - 7:25pm

 Steely_D wrote:


Mind blowing, fascinating stuff - especially the practical aspects like cooling to near absolute zero and the nanometer-small flattening of the mirrors. Genius stuff that America should be proud of.


Webb represents what we are capable of as a species. It's a marvelous instrument and I'm very excited about what it's going to show us.
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Posted: Feb 1, 2022 - 7:09pm

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope turns on cameras to look at first star target
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