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  1. Jupiter for me. Awestruck, especially with the G-moons fully on show.
  2. Just imagine it with earrings and you're about there.
  3. I see you've met the mother-in-law. Lovely woman, but don't make any sudden movements around her.
  4. It's quite clear here in Manchester, just been observing Saturn. Seeing's not so great, but Saturn's still quite a sight!
  5. This gives me a great excuse to buy a bigger scope every few years. Thanks!
  6. Unfortunately, ever since the discovery of quantum mechanics, the traditional image of electrons whizzing around the nucleus like planets around a star no longer holds water. All we know is that they inhabit a shell, a specific distance away from the nucleus - you can't really say anything about their motion. And as acey said, it's not a machine because it does no work.
  7. I caught Saturn for the very first time tonight. It was absolutely staggering - I honestly can't describe the feeling when I first saw it. Unbelievable.
  8. It's already out. Just make sure you buy a new one.
  9. Can you get rotating rings? E.g. Something that would allow the OTA to freely rotate around the longitudinal axis without it slipping up or down and going out of balance? Quickly loosen it, spin it around then tighten it again. /edit - lol, like what he said!
  10. All laws of nature only apply until demonstrated to be wrong. Having said that, relativity has proven remarkably resilient to experiment, and the most successful model of the universe we have, the Standard Model of Elementary Particles which describes nature at the smallest scale, is itself a relativistic quantum field theory.
  11. Than who? I'd say his word carries more weight than, say, mine.
  12. That was on the last episode of S@N. He liked it.
  13. Forward travel happens all the time. We just did it. Backward travel doesn't work because the universe protects causality.
  14. LOL, I know what you mean. I get the same thing when trying to explain to my wife how stars shine due to nuclear fusion in stars. I get to the point where two protons collide causing one of the up quarks in one of the protons to become a down quark thus turning that proton into a neutron while simultaneously shedding its charge in the form of a W boson which rapidly decays into a shower of (rain this afternoon and I really wanted to go to the shops because we're running out of milk.) Oh, and for all the evidence you ever needed that the moon landings were faked, read this: Fake Moon Landings The moon landings are fake!
  15. Whatever you do, don't let him ask Buzz Aldrin... YouTube - Buzz Aldrin Punches Bart Sibrel /edit - maybe he should ask our own Brian Cox...
  16. That sounds about like my strike rate! Here's hoping it improves soon!
  17. I got a Meade ND96 (ND obviously being neutral density) from FLO. Seems pretty good to me.
  18. Could I say that I for one welcome our new Triffid overlords.
  19. This sums it up nicely for me. Long may he preside.
  20. Welcome from another Manc. There are many of us here.
  21. So why invest billions to find the Higgs, but not the W? Or is it just that we have to accept that the W is out of our reach whereas we can actually do something to detect the Higgs? I guess that would make sense.
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