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[Thread originally called "Mercury"]

Despite fear of sounding like a huge nerd: I fucking love this kind of shit.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20080418/sc_...heelusiveplanet
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Cool. I'm a bit of an astronomy enthusiast.
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I'm more of a TV enthusiast

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I'm more of a vagina enthusiast....

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I dabble in the vagina

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You fucking people...
Look, Vagina is an Anthony enthusiast, got it?
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If Andromeda (the closest spiral galaxy) were brighter, and we didn't have to look through all the dark space dust, then this is how it would appear in the sky.

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yup. if you get to a super dark place where you can see milky way ans such, Andromeda shows up as rather large fuzzball
it confused me the first time i tried to do long exposure photos of the night sky

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What it looks like for realz.
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When I was little I asked my uncle what those two stars under Orion's belt were and he laughed at me. I didn't understand. :(

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Heh
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whats even cooler is that Andromeda is on collision course with Milky Way (expected to collide in about 3.75 or 4.5 billion years)
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orion's penis is also a rather large bright nebula, fun to look at even with binocs

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Dont Tell Ray wrote:yup. if you get to a super dark place where you can see milky way ans such

Like my house. For Xmas we bought the boy a telescope (fairly cheap until he shows some real interest in it) to gaze at it. So far all we've looked at is a cow in the field across the street giving birth.

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Invisible to telescopic eye...Infinity, the star that would not die...

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Artists impressions of an X-ray Binary...

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with Cygnus X-1 being an object that boggles the imagination

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most "amateur astronomers" really frown upon cheap telescope gift and general thought is that those cheapo department store telescopes are likely to kill/turn off the interest in astronomy. because expectations are high and pictures on the package are bright, kids usually lose interest really quick. better gift is a good guide book on how to do visual astronomy, where to look and how to find things. next step is binoculars, they are easier to master, point which way you want, give you wide field and some magnification. only then when you trained at finding things quick with binos, telescope improves certain objects.

but there is only a handful of things you can look at with a cheap telescope, but first you need to know where to find them. position of stars and planets change with each night, and completely different through out the year.

things to look at with small telescope: moon, saturn (currently rises around 4 am), jupiter. few double stars

http://www.stellarium.org/ and the likes helps. also could use Google Sky and the likes on the phone

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