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Post by JO 753 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:40 am

:lol: He will never liv it down.

'Pull a Dunsby' will bekum az popular a fraze az 'dont get Munsoned'.

Hiz pik will be in the dictionary along with the fraze.

The cold fusion guyz will finally be able to crawl out into the daylite agen.

Dunsbyz all over the world will chanje their namez.
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So who discovered Uranus? /12 yo
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JO 753 wrote::lol: He will never liv it down.
I for one have printed out his special certificate to hang on my wall:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYvxjhtX0AADo-q.jpg:large

It's soooo prettyyyyyy! :drool:
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A facepalm moment of astronomical proportions!
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Post by ElectricMonk » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:26 pm

Elon Musk will be glad that someone found Mars.

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Post by OlegTheBatty » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:27 pm

Mars mars his reputation.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:34 pm

ElectricMonk wrote:Elon Musk will be glad that someone found Mars.
Not nearly as much as Mark Watney. :D
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Post by TJrandom » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:39 pm

Well... he did discover it - that is, he used nobody`s coordinates or prior information when peering thru his telyscopeapparatus.

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Post by Gord » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:04 am

But DID he look at it through a telescope? In my experience, telescopes are almost always scheduled for specific tasks over long periods of time, and astronomers are usually unwilling to give up their time to look at something "interesting". He might have just been making observations by eye.

I mean, it's hard to imagine someone looking at Mars through a telescope and not realizing they were looking at a planet. Very distant objects are merely pinpoints, even through a powerful telescope; planets are discs with angular diameters, even through binoculars.

If his telescope couldn't focus on it because it was too close, I suppose it could have looked unplanetlike. Maybe he thought it was an instant-nebula* or something.




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Post by Poodle » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:32 am

I have sometimes been in embarrassing situations because of silly oversights (which really should have been obvious) on my own part. I freely admit it. I laughed (schadenfreude-ishly) at this one. Is anyone prepared to say that they've NEVER stepped into the shitpile so comically? NEVER?

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No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.
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Re: Astronomy Professor Discovers New Celestial Object - Mars

Post by TJrandom » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:31 am

Well, H. G. .... ;)

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Post by Centaur » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:01 pm

Gord wrote:But DID he look at it through a telescope? In my experience, telescopes are almost always scheduled for specific tasks over long periods of time, and astronomers are usually unwilling to give up their time to look at something "interesting". He might have just been making observations by eye.

I mean, it's hard to imagine someone looking at Mars through a telescope and not realizing they were looking at a planet. Very distant objects are merely pinpoints, even through a powerful telescope; planets are discs with angular diameters, even through binoculars.

If his telescope couldn't focus on it because it was too close, I suppose it could have looked unplanetlike. Maybe he thought it was an instant-nebula* or something.




*just add water!
He was actually observing through an 80-mm (3-inch) refractor telescope, as noted by the bulletin from the Astronomer's Telegram. Mars at only 7 arcseconds in angular diameter when observed with such a small telescope may not appear as an obvious disk.

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TJrandom wrote:Well... he did discover it - that is, he used nobody`s coordinates or prior information when peering thru his telyscopeapparatus...
..from the wrong end. :-P
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Centaur wrote:He was actually observing through an 80-mm (3-inch) refractor telescope, as noted by the bulletin from the Astronomer's Telegram.
Three inch! Oh my glob. One of THESE??



Jeez, no wonder he couldn't tell what he was looking at. I used to use one of those to look at street lights a few blocks away!
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Post by TJrandom » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:48 pm

Gord wrote: ... Jeez, no wonder he couldn't tell what he was looking at. I used to use one of those to look at street lights a few blocks away!
It`s OK - you don`t need to make up stories about what you were looking at. We understand... She was cute, right?

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:lol:
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Post by Gord » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:15 am

Not where I grew up. They were all monstrous.
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Gord wrote:Not where I grew up. They were all monstrous.
You can say that ONLY if you looked an all directions over an extended period of time. 'Fess up.

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:lol: :lol:

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Poodle wrote:
Gord wrote:Not where I grew up. They were all monstrous.
You can say that ONLY if you looked an all directions over an extended period of time. 'Fess up.
We used to call that "going outside and talking to people", but yes.
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Gord wrote:
Poodle wrote:
Gord wrote:Not where I grew up. They were all monstrous.
You can say that ONLY if you looked an all directions over an extended period of time. 'Fess up.
We used to call that "going outside and talking to people", but yes.
Wow – that`s a nice euphemism for peeping… :)

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TJrandom wrote:
Gord wrote:
Poodle wrote:
Gord wrote:Not where I grew up. They were all monstrous.
You can say that ONLY if you looked an all directions over an extended period of time. 'Fess up.
We used to call that "going outside and talking to people", but yes.
Wow – that`s a nice euphemism for peeping… :)
I don't do euphemisms.



Heh heh. I said "do". Heh heh.
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Post by TJrandom » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:33 am

Sure... :roll:

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You people.

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Ewe people.
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Post by JO 753 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:34 pm

So, hiz 'telescope' iz too small.
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JO 753 wrote:So, hiz 'telescope' iz too small.
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Iz that the lejendary Uridium 232 Explosiv Spase Modulator?
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It's a telescope.
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Post by TJrandom » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:03 pm

Darn... I thought it was a cartoon....

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It's Chinatown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







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Only on Planet X!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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