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by Stellarator
25 Jul 2018 15:47
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Upcoming Astronomy & Science Events - and YOU
Replies: 8
Views: 1400

Upcoming Astronomy & Science Events - and YOU

On this thread, you can post about upcoming events in the world of science, particularly those related to astronomy , that you are looking forward to. These could be scientific symposiums, university events, astronomy tours , NASA projects and launches - you name it. Write why you are looking forwar...
by Stellarator
16 Jul 2018 19:49
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: What exoplanet might reply us back?
Replies: 36
Views: 4635

What exoplanet might reply us back?

I wouldn't even call it indirect evidence, but rather a prerequisite for life as we know it.  To claim that it's evidence for life, would be  affirming the consequent . It's a very long way from these organic molecules to unicellular life.  The presence of limestone in Italy is not indirect evidenc...
by Stellarator
15 Jul 2018 17:10
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Videos
Replies: 439
Views: 63694

Science and Astronomy Videos

I love the YouTube channel The Thought Emporium ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV5vCi3jPJdURZwAOO_FNfQ ). It is HIGHLY educational and I have attempted to duplicate some of their projects with varying levels of success, this one being the first: aeah3fFYlnA This next one is a wee bit beyond my s...
by Stellarator
15 Jul 2018 10:47
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: What exoplanet might reply us back?
Replies: 36
Views: 4635

What exoplanet might reply us back?

I meant unicellular. I doubt if intelligence resides within our solar-system - aside from humans on Earth, and of course those other very intelligent animals on Earth like chimps, dolphins, octopi and the corvids etc. But the definition of 'intelligence' is very slippery and I always try to avoid us...
by Stellarator
14 Jul 2018 20:34
Forum: Feedback and Suggestions
Topic: General suggestions for SpaceEngine
Replies: 1187
Views: 190279

General suggestions for SpaceEngine

I have a suggestion that may or may not be easy to integrate into the game system: Since the newest add-ons for the recent editions of SE are planetary compositions and chemistry, I was wondering if it is possible to add a detail on the planetary window regarding the amount of radiation (like gamma,...
by Stellarator
14 Jul 2018 19:57
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: What exoplanet might reply us back?
Replies: 36
Views: 4635

What exoplanet might reply us back?

I should add a caveat here: Although as of yet the data on exoplanets probably will not include signs of life, I would be surprised if there was not even a methane-farting microbe detected on the studied exoplanets from hereon out via the Kepler, TESS etc projects in the next 20 years or so. Certain...
by Stellarator
14 Jul 2018 19:40
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Totally off-topic thread
Replies: 934
Views: 151391

Totally off-topic thread

Has anyone watched any of John Michael Godier's videos? They are pretty interesting:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEszlI8-W79IsU8LSAiRbDg

A recent example:
by Stellarator
14 Jul 2018 18:59
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1614
Views: 195477

Science and Astronomy Questions

I agree with the sentiments presented here in answer with my questions, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the matter. I'm glad I can share these musings with you and get a fairly educated opinion - most of the time when I try to engage the people I know (in real life or in the cyberspace) with ...
by Stellarator
13 Jul 2018 20:24
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: What exoplanet might reply us back?
Replies: 36
Views: 4635

What exoplanet might reply us back?

Yep, the main problem with discussing exoplanets and all their characteristics is that the universe is just too darn big - and we've observed too little of it with all our instruments - THOUGH the amount of data that they collected we are STILL sorting through, even for out of commission projects (n...
by Stellarator
12 Jul 2018 10:13
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1614
Views: 195477

Science and Astronomy Questions

Man, I love those grainy asteroid pics. Here is a question (actually three disguised as one) that probably has an easy answer or a long answer (I'm interested in the long answer): I remember reading in Carl Sagan's [i]Cosmos[/i] about FTL technology and what year AD we may discover it, based on plot...
by Stellarator
12 Jul 2018 09:38
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: TESS: the space telescope that will find nearby Earth-like planets
Replies: 1
Views: 1302

TESS: the space telescope that will find nearby Earth-like planets

TESS will be an interesting project to follow, and no doubt will yield many amazing discoveries - and for its size it is a technological marvel, but I have my reservations as to whether or not it will make as big an impact on the scientific community as Kepler did or James Webb will. For all its hyp...
by Stellarator
12 Jul 2018 08:50
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Sci-Fi (and other genre) Movies & TV Series
Replies: 30
Views: 8063

Sci-Fi (and other genre) Movies & TV Series

Nobody has mentioned Star wars yet? Okay I'll say Star Wars - although I have not watched 'em in a long while and have since seen better sci-fi on the screen, the originals like Last Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi sparked my interest in space and alien life- nothing after that exce...
by Stellarator
12 Jul 2018 08:15
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: What other games do you play?
Replies: 31
Views: 6424

What other games do you play?

Modded Mass Effect (all releases), heavily modded Skyrim, heavily modded Crysis (all releases) recognizably modified Warhammer 40k Dawn of War Soulstorm... yeah, I like to stretch my games. And yes - Space Engine (although I've uninstalled version .98 for memory purposes - I'm just waiting for .99 t...
by Stellarator
12 Jul 2018 08:01
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: The Future of Humanity & Intelligent life in the universe
Replies: 393
Views: 77197

The Future of Humanity & Intelligent life in the universe

The never-ending memes of Giorgio Tsoukalos. Will they ever end? No. Cuz they're funny. He is the court jester of space.
by Stellarator
12 Jul 2018 07:56
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: What exoplanet might reply us back?
Replies: 36
Views: 4635

What exoplanet might reply us back?

Looking at all the data available on the exoplanets we know of, its unlikely ANY of them have life. Most are just too large, too hot, too cold and thus too strange to have anything more then a extremophile ecology. That is just their detection method bias. Life (beyond microbes) and intelligent life...