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Author Topic: Space News & Views  (Read 33149 times)

Nostromo
Aug 27, 2016, 03:31:59 PM
Topic on: Aug 27, 2016, 03:31:59 PM
Thought I'd start an Astronomy thread.

Anyone have a telescope or really interested in Astronomy? As a huge Alien fan I'm fascinated with this stuff. A couple of years ago between 2009-2010 and again 2014 I went on a massive Astronomy equipment buying run. I had to downsize at some point but now that I bought a house with no neighbors in the backyard thinking of re starting for fun.. Anyhow here are 2 videos I took of the moon with my first telescope. Really not easy with this one because it did not have a tracking system (I have one now though :)) so I had to constantly manually drag it and hold the camera..I have more from Saturn, our Sun etc.. If anyone has a telescope or wants to get one...discuss if you wish. :)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GOuIeNtFUC4&feature=youtu.be

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=7rgNp0An7yU

« Last Edit: Jan 26, 2017, 11:36:44 AM by Corporal Hicks »


Nostromo
Aug 27, 2016, 05:03:03 PM
Reply #2 on: Aug 27, 2016, 05:03:03 PM

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Nostromo
Aug 27, 2016, 08:50:17 PM
Reply #4 on: Aug 27, 2016, 08:50:17 PM
That is some great stuff man!

I used to have this telescope, it's one of the best telescopes for the price on the market still to this day I'm sure. 10 inches but no tracking, although now I'm sure they make them with tracking. They are huge and heavy though. Tracking is only useful if you want to photograph but not absolutely necessary.

http://www.telescope.com/Orion-XT10-Classic-Dobsonian-Telescope-amp-Beginner-Barlow-Kit/p/27162.uts


Finally a real pic of Jupiter from Juno.

https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/news/juno-completes-jupiter-flyby


« Last Edit: Aug 28, 2016, 01:07:09 PM by Nostromo »

Predboy
Aug 29, 2016, 09:01:44 PM
Reply #5 on: Aug 29, 2016, 09:01:44 PM
You should have the x-files theme playing through one of the videos. lol


Nostromo
Aug 29, 2016, 09:31:41 PM
Reply #6 on: Aug 29, 2016, 09:31:41 PM
WOW...this is going to possibly be the news of the year ...or more...in the Astronomy world at least.

Is Earth being contacted by ALIENS? Mystery radio signals coming from a sun-like star baffle scientists

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3763416/Is-Earth-contacted-ALIENS-Mystery-radio-signals-coming-sun-like-star-baffle-scientists.html

Not a Drill: SETI Is Investigating a Possible Extraterrestrial Signal From Deep Space

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/08/29/12/37AECA0900000578-0-Two_SETI_research_groups_will_track_HD_164595_tonight_using_the_-a-17_1472468548908.jpg

Working out the strength of the signal, the researchers say that if it came from an isotropic beacon, it would be of a power possible only for a Kardashev Type II civilisation.'

'If it were a narrow beam signal focused on our solar system, it would be of a power available to a Kardashev Type I civilisation.'

The Kardashev scale is a way of measuring an alien society's technological advancement based upon how much energy it has at its disposal.
A Type I civilisation is given to species who have been able to harness all the energy that is available from a nearby star, gathering and storing it to meet its population's demands.

A Type II civilisation is much more advanced and can harness the power of their entire star.
Type III is a species that has been able to master everything having to do with energy. Earth doesn't feature on the scale. 




If there are any intelligent alien life forms out there, Stephen Hawking thinks we're playing a dangerous game by trying to contact them.
The physicist believes if aliens discovered Earth, they are likely to want to conquer and colonise our planet.

'If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans,' he said in an interview.
But co-founder and former director of the Seti Institute, Jill Tarter, doesn't think this will be the case.
She argues any aliens who have managed to travel across the universe will be sophisticated enough to be friendly and peaceful.
'The idea of a civilisation which has managed to survive far longer than we have...and the fact that that technology remains an aggressive one, to me, doesn't make sense,' she said.

Update: Stay Tuned!

http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/a-seti-signal?utm_content=buffer10136&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

If they find a signal..could become the story of the century!


https://twitter.com/jrseti/status/770394028378497024?s=02


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Corporal Hicks
Aug 30, 2016, 09:31:21 AM
Reply #7 on: Aug 30, 2016, 09:31:21 AM
http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/a-seti-signal?utm_content=buffer10136&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

If they find a signal..could become the story of the century!

Only skim read this yesterday but if it's legit it would be amazing. Doesn't sound like SETI are confident about it though.

I've got a telescope though I don't get it out far enough. Where I live at the minute doesn't have the greatest of views so I can't say I've used it recently. I did get the pleasure of seeing Mars and Jupiter through it when I brought it though and that was just wonderful. It wasn't the greatest photo and not very representative of the actual view but I've attached a picture from a year or so back.

Also got my pledgers pack through for supporting the Lowell Pluto Discovery Telescope. It included the discovery plates for how they discovered Pluto. Jesus. It's so minuscule. The effort that went into this kind of thing.


Le Celticant
Aug 30, 2016, 09:31:53 AM
Reply #8 on: Aug 30, 2016, 09:31:53 AM
It indeed makes very little sense at first to have more develop civilization which basically would be even more colonialist than we are.
Chances are, they could be not interested at all about our planet. It's small, it ain't the richest in mineral, it may not even be suitable for sustaining extra-terrestrial life and there are great risk that people never think of contamination.
A cold could probably wipe out (works both way) their entire civilization.


Nostromo
Aug 30, 2016, 10:35:03 AM
Reply #9 on: Aug 30, 2016, 10:35:03 AM
http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/a-seti-signal?utm_content=buffer10136&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

If they find a signal..could become the story of the century!

Only skim read this yesterday but if it's legit it would be amazing. Doesn't sound like SETI are confident about it though.

I've got a telescope though I don't get it out far enough. Where I live at the minute doesn't have the greatest of views so I can't say I've used it recently. I did get the pleasure of seeing Mars and Jupiter through it when I brought it though and that was just wonderful. It wasn't the greatest photo and not very representative of the actual view but I've attached a picture from a year or so back.

Also got my pledgers pack through for supporting the Lowell Pluto Discovery Telescope. It included the discovery plates for how they discovered Pluto. Jesus. It's so minuscule. The effort that went into this kind of thing.


Hey that's cool =) you heve a telescope also Hicks? Trust me I know how hard it can be to find locations with all the lighting everywhere. Yes first try at pictures usually is quite hard. I see you got a Jupiter moon or 2 in your picture :).

Anything but the moon is quite hard to catch if your camera is not afocally attached to the telescope.



Corporal Hicks
Aug 31, 2016, 08:04:46 AM
Reply #11 on: Aug 31, 2016, 08:04:46 AM
Hey that's cool =) you heve a telescope also Hicks? Trust me I know how hard it can be to find locations with all the lighting everywhere. Yes first try at pictures usually is quite hard. I see you got a Jupiter moon or 2 in your picture :).

Anything but the moon is quite hard to catch if your camera is not afocally attached to the telescope.

I'd love to get into proper astrophotography at some point but it requires more money than I'm willing to spend at this moment in time.



whiterabbit
Sep 01, 2016, 10:51:42 AM
Reply #13 on: Sep 01, 2016, 10:51:42 AM
Whelp, the Russians are pretty certain the signal was a satellite of earthly origins. Oh well, maybe next time.


Nostromo
Sep 01, 2016, 12:15:50 PM
Reply #14 on: Sep 01, 2016, 12:15:50 PM
How stupid or messed up is that. The Russians detected something last year, they release the news a few days ago, than a day later come out saying it was probably a signal from earth?

Perhaps Seti found out and told the Russians hey dumbasses the signal is coming from Earth...so the Russians came out quickly to say that so they don't look dumb..pah....the f was this all about..I feel like deleting all the posts about this story.

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