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by A-L-E-X
09 Nov 2021 21:56
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1828
Views: 500082

Science and Astronomy Questions

38196 the inertia of a solid sphere goes as the cube of its radius, while the drag force is proportional to its cross sectional area which goes only as the square of its radius That's a good point, and also explains why a mouse can jump off a tall building and survive whilst an elephant certainly w...
by A-L-E-X
09 Nov 2021 21:54
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1828
Views: 500082

Science and Astronomy Questions

38193 Sure, but how tenuous? Google tells me that Betelgeuse's density is 0.000012 kg/m³.  That corresponds to the density of Earth's atmosphere at rough 80 km altitude, which would make a very short "orbit". Yes, 10 -5  kg/m 3  or 10 -8  g/cm 3  is approximately right (allow a few orders...
by A-L-E-X
06 Nov 2021 23:51
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1828
Views: 500082

Science and Astronomy Questions

Wow thats something Wat!  it would be fun to see something like that (a planet orbiting inside a giant star), I want to see what the atmosphere of such a planet would look like.  One of the really neat things about SE is seeing the colors of different atmospheres.  I envision its atmosphere would be...
by A-L-E-X
06 Nov 2021 20:55
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 1828
Views: 500082

Science and Astronomy Questions

38180 I was checking the latest version of SE today, after almost 2 years, and while checking Betelgeuse, I noticed that the closest procedural planet is only 2.53 AU from the star's center (0.27 AU from its surface). Being so close to its parent star, it should be improbable for it to have a satel...
by A-L-E-X
06 Nov 2021 11:54
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 534
Views: 98747

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

So a new drug will be available next year that is even better than Merck's antiviral.  It's from Pfizer and is 90 pct effective in reducing hospitalizations and out of 600 sick covid patients none died when they took this drug in the first five days of showing symptoms.  A real gamechanger and lots ...
by A-L-E-X
06 Nov 2021 11:26
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrophotography
Replies: 587
Views: 155070

Astrophotography

Interestingly it was the blues that stood out to me the most. Maybe because the greens were very low, appearing more yellow and blending in with light pollution. And blue is still pretty close to the center of our eye's sensitivity curve, so we can see it better than red and violet. Yes, I was thin...
by A-L-E-X
05 Nov 2021 00:42
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrophotography
Replies: 587
Views: 155070

Astrophotography

Last night was a great night for astronomy, nice aurorae AND a meteor shower to boot!
by A-L-E-X
25 Oct 2021 21:06
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Unusual weather
Replies: 439
Views: 144768

Unusual weather

Wow sounds exciting!  How much snow fell there Mid and how high were the winds?
by A-L-E-X
25 Oct 2021 21:04
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Intergalactic trip in preparation
Replies: 429
Views: 35361

Intergalactic trip in preparation

Mr. Abner wrote:
No idea, myself. Never heard of this blue warp before.

I talked to the developer and he told me that creating the blue warp effect simply involves resizing the ship.  So I have to do that in the .sss file (either make it smaller or larger, I'll likely go larger).
by A-L-E-X
24 Oct 2021 22:59
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Unusual weather
Replies: 439
Views: 144768

Unusual weather

Wat we're about to get an amazing hybrid noreaster tropical or sub tropical event ourselves that the media is not yet paying attention to.  It is supposed to be two events, one is Tuesday night into Wednesday and the other is Friday into Saturday and by the time it's finished, NYC may have 10 inches...
by A-L-E-X
24 Oct 2021 22:54
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Intergalactic trip in preparation
Replies: 429
Views: 35361

Intergalactic trip in preparation

As long as you found something that works for you, that's great. Having options is always nice, as not everybody wants or likes the same things. :) I'm a bit confounded by this blue warp thing, some of the ships have it some don't  I found some extra files in the ships' folders that have them but I...
by A-L-E-X
24 Oct 2021 00:04
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Intergalactic trip in preparation
Replies: 429
Views: 35361

Intergalactic trip in preparation

Well, now I might need to put the Watcher ship ahead of Prometheus, because the Watcher ship seems to be more stable flying through the atmosphere of a planet.  I tried both over the same planet and even though I fine tuned the main engines and hover engines settings, the Prometheus always seems to ...
by A-L-E-X
22 Oct 2021 21:26
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Intergalactic trip in preparation
Replies: 429
Views: 35361

Intergalactic trip in preparation

There's a file in the folder of the Prometheus and one of the other ships I downloaded called "blue warp" it makes the images look blue when in warp, I find that useful to see the image blueshifted.  I want to use that with the other ships too, so can I just copy and paste it into their fo...
by A-L-E-X
21 Oct 2021 22:12
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Intergalactic trip in preparation
Replies: 429
Views: 35361

Intergalactic trip in preparation

Another image just before I get to the center of M31

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by A-L-E-X
21 Oct 2021 22:10
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Intergalactic trip in preparation
Replies: 429
Views: 35361

Intergalactic trip in preparation

There's an Enterprise ship on here (I think it's 1701 E) which has engine speed of 1000 km/s which is ridiculous and I could never fly that in the atmosphere of a planet, not that those ships are designed for air flight anyway.  I'll keep these ships at 85 and 8.66 g and just pump up the warp when I...