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by Watsisname
22 May 2017 18:59
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Terraforming our Solar System one object at a time
Replies: 13
Views: 669

Terraforming our Solar System one object at a time

7803 Venus - It has a little bit thinner atmosphere than Earth. I calculated it's new rotation period by turning most of it's thick atmosphere mass into rotational momentum and added it on top of the slow rotation of Venus. (The idea was to shoot the atmosphere off at more than the escape velocity....
by Watsisname
22 May 2017 18:00
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Totally off-topic thread
Replies: 408
Views: 13312

Totally off-topic thread

If it were up to me I'd take out the stupid sexist comment at the end, but the video itself with that music is hilarious. :P
by Watsisname
22 May 2017 01:59
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Totally off-topic thread
Replies: 408
Views: 13312

Totally off-topic thread

by Watsisname
22 May 2017 01:05
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: How to make 360° panoramas in Space Engine
Replies: 22
Views: 800

How to make 360° panoramas in Space Engine

Another tip, if the images still aren't aligning well.  In the "Fast Preview Window" (press Ctrl + Shift + P) go to the Assistant tab.  The top right of the screen will show something like:  "Images are connected by [some #] of control points",  as well as the mean error and max ...
by Watsisname
22 May 2017 00:21
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Image Dump
Replies: 620
Views: 25248

Image Dump

Actually I stitched several regular screenshots together with a stereographic projection.  Fish-eye mode in SE would be similar, but this allows more versatility and higher resolution. The image is of the whole sky of a terra with a pink atmosphere, during a total solar eclipse.  All around the hori...
by Watsisname
21 May 2017 03:26
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: The Photodetective game
Replies: 48
Views: 937

The Photodetective game

Zubenelgenubi!
by Watsisname
21 May 2017 01:47
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Image Dump
Replies: 620
Views: 25248

Image Dump

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by Watsisname
19 May 2017 22:21
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: The Photodetective game
Replies: 48
Views: 937

The Photodetective game

When I originally said "that is quite uncanny", it was precisely because I recognized how strange and difficult this challenge is to explain. :)  I still don't think I understand exactly what is happening.
by Watsisname
19 May 2017 22:17
Forum: Troubleshooting and Solutions
Topic: Troubleshooting and bug reports - SpaceEngine 0.9.8.0
Replies: 350
Views: 12102

Troubleshooting and bug reports - SpaceEngine 0.9.8.0

Kermit , I believe you are correct -- these brown dwarfs should be heated by the proximity to the stars, and it appears that the calculation is not being applied for them.  After some searching I found some other examples, so this was not just an isolated case. I don't see this listed as a known bu...
by Watsisname
19 May 2017 20:22
Forum: Mods and Addons
Topic: Rodrigos Terrain & Clouds Mod
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Rodrigos Terrain & Clouds Mod

Looks like really great stuff!  
by Watsisname
19 May 2017 04:51
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Totally off-topic thread
Replies: 408
Views: 13312

Totally off-topic thread

I do not understand the motivation of regional filters for internet videos, or artificially different regional release dates for films, in this day and age.
by Watsisname
19 May 2017 04:08
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Totally off-topic thread
Replies: 408
Views: 13312

Totally off-topic thread

Might be. =/ It loads fine for me.
by Watsisname
19 May 2017 01:30
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: How to make 360° panoramas in Space Engine
Replies: 22
Views: 800

How to make 360° panoramas in Space Engine

Yeah, the one big drawback with this method is that it is time consuming if you need to establish control points manually -- especially if you have a lot of images to stitch.   There is a bit of a skill curve when it comes to taking the screenshots, and using the program itself, and it does get easi...
by Watsisname
19 May 2017 01:08
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Videos
Replies: 160
Views: 5141

Science and Astronomy Videos

@Doc:  Actually I think proposing that humans in the interplanetary age choose their own genome will lead to faster speciation. Species are like languages.  Once populations are separated, the languages begin to diverge without people really noticing it as it happens.  Then you compare them several ...
by Watsisname
18 May 2017 15:58
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Videos
Replies: 160
Views: 5141

Science and Astronomy Videos

I agree with Doc's questioning of whether Earth and Mars would really be sufficiently genetically isolated, but Midstkogen and FFT, I think you are misunderstanding the timescales and principles of selection effects and genetic drift that are operating here. Certainly, if the selection pressures are...
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