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by midtskogen
21 Oct 2018 09:24
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Totally off-topic thread
Replies: 741
Views: 98245

Totally off-topic thread

My 10 year old daughter likes somewhat crazy things.  Now she jumps over 50 m on skis as it were a natural thing to do.  My personal best is 16 m...

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52.5 m (172 ft).
by midtskogen
20 Oct 2018 14:48
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Show off your work
Replies: 279
Views: 47823

Show off your work

While driving shortly after sunset today, I couldn't miss the sight of the red moon just above the horizon, and the first thing I see in the forum shortly after is the same, red moon. :)  More tilted, though.  Somewhat similar atmospheric conditions, apparently.
by midtskogen
14 Oct 2018 21:48
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Unusual weather
Replies: 222
Views: 41503

Unusual weather

Here's an interesting record of the temperature in Tafjord this weekend.  Located in western Norway at 62 degrees north there's nothing unusual about temperatures around 10C in the middle of October for this town being exposed to the warm Atlantic air.  Then, not long after midnight the wind picks u...
by midtskogen
06 Oct 2018 00:42
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Show off your work
Replies: 279
Views: 47823

Show off your work

Where I live in Oslo, the first snow usually comes in late October but then almost always melts again.  It tends to stay around the turn of November and December, but sometimes not until late December.  This week there was some snow above 500 masl around Oslo, but just a dusting that quickly melted ...
by midtskogen
05 Oct 2018 08:16
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1115
Views: 109475

Science and Astronomy Questions

18605 rk matter forms 18605 Watsisname wrote: Because dark matter forms structures on the size of galaxies and clusters That also makes it somewhat intangible.  It makes me wonder if we're really missing something fundamental because we're stuck with something we haven't yet thought of questioning....
by midtskogen
05 Oct 2018 07:57
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Show off your work
Replies: 279
Views: 47823

Show off your work

Winter is coming.  At least at 1100 masl in southern Norway.

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by midtskogen
24 Sep 2018 00:56
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1115
Views: 109475

Science and Astronomy Questions

What prevents us from perfectly modelling what these properties are?

Or, to turn the question upside down, by measuring these properties what new fundamental knowledge of physics do we get?
by midtskogen
16 Sep 2018 07:37
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1115
Views: 109475

Science and Astronomy Questions

22843 The ISS is sort of a reference point, since they have serviced Hubble many times. All service missions to Hubble were with the space shuttles.  Hubble was designed with service missions by the shuttles in mind, which paid off, because when Hubble was taken to orbit, the mirror was found to be...
by midtskogen
14 Sep 2018 23:33
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1115
Views: 109475

Science and Astronomy Questions

ISS orbits at ~405 km at an inclination of 51.6 degrees, Hubble at ~540km at 28.5 degrees.  You would need a very special mission to change Hubble's orbit to align with that of ISS.  And even if that's done, what good would an ISS rendezvous do to salvage it?  You would need a space shuttle to captu...
by midtskogen
12 Sep 2018 00:01
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrophotography
Replies: 253
Views: 29107

Astrophotography

22772 The plight of astronomers and astrophotographers everywhere It's a setup of four cameras, one will be replaced with a better one, and if my calculations are correct, the cameras will then combined cover the entire sky, effectively giving a 10 megapixel view of the sky recording up to 30 fps. ...
by midtskogen
11 Sep 2018 05:53
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Show off your work
Replies: 279
Views: 47823

Show off your work

I think for alliteration to work, it must be on the stressed syllable.  So alliteration works well for Germanic languages which generally stress the first syllable (but English has warped quite a bit).  I don't see modern authors use that much, though.  Tolkien may have used it to some degree modell...
by midtskogen
11 Sep 2018 03:47
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Show off your work
Replies: 279
Views: 47823

Show off your work

:)

If you think of adding poetic devices, remember alliteration, which for some reason is often forgotten these days.  For instance, wouldn't the last sentence sound so much better as "swallowed by the surging storm"?
by midtskogen
10 Sep 2018 22:42
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrophotography
Replies: 253
Views: 29107

Astrophotography

A combined view (the cameras don't completely fill the sky):
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by midtskogen
10 Sep 2018 15:02
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrophotography
Replies: 253
Views: 29107

Astrophotography

Some nice aurora on northern Norway tonight.  Here's a clip from one of the cameras in our meteor network:

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