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spurius

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  1. I really do believe there is life out there. Given the size of our own galaxy alone, it seems very unlikely that life hasnt formed somewhere. Apparently there have been like 800 exo planets discovered, albeit confirmed to be too hostile to support life as we know it. However these planets always seem to be very close to their parent stars, and often Jupitish in nature. Given the method used for finding these planets, we are only able to observe really big planets that are really close to their stars. Such methods are nowehere near good enough to detect other solar systems like our own as the planets are too far away from the sun to block out enough of its light from the point of view of an alien 50 light years away. Neither do I think we will ever detect alien signals. I have heard somewhere that the signal strength from our own voyager spacecraft are billionths of a watch battery. The voyager craft are mere light hours away, never mind light years. This rules out a hell of a lot of universe for which we will likely never be able to observe in anyway. I really do think there is life out there in our own galaxy. Maybe not life forms capable of building rockets, but alien life comparable to sharks or polar bears etc. Thats my opinion anyway.
  2. What im trying to say is that Venus has no cars on it. Yet it has suffered awsome global heating. Here on Earth we have about a million cars per square meter and our climate is alright. Also the climate on Earth has gone up and down over the millions of years it has existed. Global warming and climate change is a natural phenomenon. The only reason I agree with the "anti CO2 policies" is that I assume it results in less pollution and cleaner air. This is a good thing. However it seems governments blame cars and motobikes for screwing our weather up. This is rubbish.
  3. How hot would Earth get if it had Venus's atmosphere? Or vice versa? I would guess about 200-250 degrees C, but I know sod all about thermodynamic properties of gases. In any case Venus is proof that global warming isnt caused by Lamborghinis.
  4. Agreed. I have often wondered that if life did exist on Mars, would they send space craft to Earth to serach for intelligent life.
  5. Or the spaceshuttle....................... or more manned space missions................. or concord.................. . . . . . . . *cough*. . .
  6. Im color blind. My scope is 8inch. Uranus is discernable through my scope, but only at 200x or so. Neptune being much further, I assumed it wouldnt be easy.
  7. I have found ruanus, how would that compare to neptune at 200x? Also never seen mercury but dont think I will bother as its so close to the sun and I live near a mountain.
  8. Couple of days ago I pointed my scope at a bright dot. I assumed Mars wasnt in a visible part of the sky. What I observed was a bright blob! 1st thougt was Saturns rings were edge on to my line of sight. But I checked a star chart and it turned out to be Mars. Saturn was much lower and appears much later. I was looking at the red planet after all. Now that I know what Im looking at, I will describe what I see: Big perfectly round blob. Hint of a patch of blackness. (im color blind) Jupiter: Big round blob, 2 clearly defined red lines. (I usually see 3 in good skies). Also 5 bright dots surrounding it, 3 in parallel with the jet streams seen in telescope. Plus 1 far below, and another just out of scope but still in parallel with Jupiters stripes (too far to be the other Galilean Moon). Im a bit drunk tonight but can anyone here describe what you see when you point your telescope at Mars? Ideally at 200X which is what I used. Use what you like but as close to 200X as possible would be better.
  9. I dont believe the universe was born about 14 billion years ago. AFAIK they base the age of the universe on how far they can see. The most distant object they detected is a few miles short of 14 billion light years away. Imo this is just a matter of luck. There isnt much that is likely to last for 14 billion years. There is even less chance of a sufficient amount of light from a particular source that could travel 14 bly without being blocked or what ever. Also if the universe was expanding from a single point, then wouldnt the observable limits vary in distance depending on the direction you looked? Unless ofcourse we are near the centre of the universe. If the whole universe appeared out of nothing then why doesnt another one spontaneously appear right in front of you like a nutcase in a car?
  10. Implying that anything that can be google searched isnt worthy of asking about on a web forum. If a google search could have helped me, it therefore could have helped you answer my question instead of replying with that rude statement. I guess its one of those things uh
  11. of the hubble space telescope? Namely the mag used for the deep field images. Whats its aperture? Also what was that bright thing near the moon the other day? One woman told me it was sunlight reflection from a spacecraft heading there but I cant find any info on new lunar missions.
  12. 1st clear night for ages. I thought I would go check out that supernova but.....................A FULL MOON!!! That dam thing spoils everything. I didnt mind Ganymede, Callisto, Europa or Io. They were out but they dont render galaxies invisible from my line of sight. I REALLY wanted to see that supernova, even if it was indistinguishable from a faint star. In astronomy its quite literally the thought that counts. Just the thought of that smudge of light being the sum total brightness of 100+ billion stars, and here is just a single star that rivals all of them in apparent magnitude.
  13. Watched it on BBC Eye Player. Was very interesting I thought. Not just Mars but it shows just how unexpectedly hazardous manned spaceflight is.
  14. Thank god for dead people, makes me even more glad to be alive. LMAO at the things some people say!
  15. How long will this be visible for? I only found out about it today, but the weather is ... Not likely to have a clear sky for a while.
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