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  1. Manned Mars mission poll

    I am wondering how long it will be before more posts get deleted from this thread... because apparently it is verboten to discuss whether manned spaceflight makes sense in a thread about manned missions to Mars.
  2. Where is Nibiru today?

    Which one? The tie fighters or Nibiru?
  3. The Astro-Imaging Thread

    You guys may be getting tired of photos of the ISS transiting various solar system bodies but I had an opportunity to photograph the ISS transiting the moon this morning, right from my porch, so I couldn't pass it up. I think it would have been a better image if the moon had been closer to full, because I suspect that the ISS' solar panels were aligned towards the Sun so they weren't as prominent in this composite as they were in my picture from the other week of the ISS transiting the Sun. Also, if the moon had been closer to full, I'd probably have had a better angle on the illuminated face of the solar panels so they'd probably have shown up better in the photos. That said, timing the shot of a lunar transit is a lot easier than a solar transit because you can see the ISS coming with the naked eye, a long time in advance. Anyways, here's the photo:
  4. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    I like the Monty Python references.
  5. How does Gravity exist?

    So they're like the Borg?!
  6. Hurricane Irma

    FWIW, just because we disagree with your position doesn't mean we are "hostile" to it... You may well prove to be right, and by the sounds of it you have more on the line than most of us. But it also isn't unreasonable to argue in favor of taking a conservative position.
  7. Hurricane Irma

    I guess we'll see... I hope for their sake that you are right.
  8. Hurricane Irma

    Very true. And from what I can see from the news and other footage that is leaking out, it is naive to regard this storm as "just another hurricane". Look at what happened to St. Martin: There is hardly any vegetation left. Modern concrete buildings have been ripped open like tin cans... Another video doesn't look like wind, it looks like turbofan exhaust: Having been to St Martin many times, I am flabbergasted by the destruction.
  9. Should LEGO release KSP-themed sets?

    I suspect that Lego is going to be very conservative for the next couple of years. They just announced that they are laying off 8% of their global workforce (1400 jobs) in response to poor sales figures. Ref. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/business/lego-sales-toys.html, (or if you consider The New York Times to be "fake news", Ref. http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/09/05/lego-to-cut-8-percent-its-staff-as-sales-drop.html)
  10. The Astro-Imaging Thread

    I've been feeling a bit of a 'post eclipse hangover' the past couple of weeks, so upon finding this site: http://transit-finder.com/, I decided to go out and try my luck at catching an image of the ISS silhouetted in the disk of the Sun. I think my timing was out by about 1/2 second so I didn't manage the sequence that I'd hoped for, but I did catch the ISS down near the Sun's lower left limb in the photo below (photo has been re-sized to 50% of its original resolution): Here's a closer view cropped out of the same shot (1:1 crop from the original image): I shot it using a 600 mm lens mounted on a Canon 70D camera body, with a Thousand Oaks solar filter mounted on the lens. I'd be really interested to see what some of you guys with proper telescopes and astro-imaging equipment could pull off.
  11. What are your plans for the solar eclipse?

    What about the 2019 total eclipse? Or the 2020 total eclipse? Or even the (much harder to get to) 2021 total eclipse?
  12. 2017 Eclipse Pictures

    Here's my photo of the "diamond ring" effect, 1 or 2 seconds before totality. You can just make out Regulus in the lower right of the image, about 2 solar diameters away: As I mentioned in the Astro Imaging thread over in the Science sub-forum, I took all of my eclipse photos (including this one) by using a script in a program called "Eclipse Orchestrator" to control my camera during totality. I obtained the exposure settings for the script in advance from a table on Fred Espenak's (a.k.a Mr. Eclipse's) web page. I also used a GPS and time synchronization tool to set my computer's position and time to within a few metres and milliseconds of actual. This allowed the script to capture phenomena at each end of totality, as well as a two 12-stop exposure sequences during totality.
  13. 2017 Eclipse Pictures

    You mean before? The moon is on the wrong side of the Sun for it to be after...
  14. The Astro-Imaging Thread

    I just got home last night from my eclipse viewing vacation so I am only now getting around to posting this image, but I think you guys here will like it. (I know that there is a separate eclipse thread, but I thought that readers here would appreciate it more than lounge readers.) Anyway, I took it by using a script in a program called "Eclipse Orchestrator" to control my camera during totality. I obtained the exposure settings for the script in advance from a table on Fred Espenak's (a.k.a Mr. Eclipse's) web page. I also used a GPS and time synchronization tool to set my computer's position and time to within a few metres and milliseconds of actual. This allowed the script to capture phenomena at each end of totality, as well as a two 12-stop exposure sequences during totality. The image below shows what some people are calling "the dolphin prominence" at the top-right edge of the sun's disk:
  15. Please help! What do I do?!

    You might be able to replace the screen. Google your laptop model to see what comes up. And if you (or your parents, depending on your age) have insurance, you might be able to get the cost of the repair covered. It is worth asking anyway. Or if you (or your parents) bought the laptop with a credit card, the credit card may have purchase protection insurance that will cover the repair or replacement. Again, it is worth asking.