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Old Apr 1st 2016, 3:23 am
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Originally Posted by steveq View Post
... Also, continuing my M42 fixation
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/imag/1603/...jedor_2263.jpg
OK, its a stackup of many frames, but its gorgeous.
That link doesn't work as a URL, but it works as an image link.

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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
That link doesn't work as a URL, but it works as an image link.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1603...jedor_2263.jpg
How did you get it to scale ? I tried an image import and it filled the whole window when I used an image link style.
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How did you get it to scale ? I tried an image import and it filled the whole window when I used an image link style.
Dunno, I just copied the URL and placed it between IMG tags .... it is massively over-sized in the edit screen though.

I have a sneaky suspicion that the recent system upgrade includes something that prevents oversized images affecting the format of the page. In other words, images have a maximum size.
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Dunno, I just copied the URL and placed it between IMG tags .... it is massively over-sized in the edit screen though.
Ah, At which point I took fright and left a JPG link....missing http:// on the front
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Ah, At which point I took fright and left a JPG link....missing http:// on the front
Great picture though and amazing to think there are that many stars in the same part of the sky as Orion. It is inconceivable, with the countless billions of stars in the universe that we could be alone.
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Originally Posted by lizzyq View Post
That link doesn't work as a URL, but it works as an image link.



I am having this feeling of deja vu.

It also looks like the place these guys live.


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It also looks like the place these guys live.

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/childrens-re...rd_journey.png
I was just about to say that.
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SpaceX just nailed a barge landing!

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SpaceX just nailed a barge landing!

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/718542763545899008
Wow that's amazing!


I got to see part of Orion when I went for a job interview recently.
Didn't get the job because of the whole ITAR thing
HR shoulda informed me that you had to be a US citizen to work on that project but I guess I got a free tour out of it.
really impressive, especially the precision of how it is being assembled.


They also had the biggest American flag I have ever seen hanging in the building!
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Wow that's amazing!


I got to see part of Orion when I went for a job interview recently.
Didn't get the job because of the whole ITAR thing
HR shoulda informed me that you had to be a US citizen to work on that project but I guess I got a free tour out of it.
really impressive, especially the precision of how it is being assembled.


They also had the biggest American flag I have ever seen hanging in the building!
Your username wouldn't be an Iain Banks reference by any chance?
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Your username wouldn't be an Iain Banks reference by any chance?
That's right, was a sad day when he passed on.
It has caused some people to think I'm a girl though for some reason, I'm also not really sure how to correctly pronounce it ha ha
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That's right, was a sad day when he passed on.
It has caused some people to think I'm a girl though for some reason, I'm also not really sure how to correctly pronounce it ha ha
I met him a couple of times, he was very nice.

Elon Musk is a big fan too, hence the barge names.
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Has anyone been looking at Mars in the past few days? It is at one of its 25 monthly closest approaches to Earth, and is much closer than usual - I think I heard that it will be 60,000 years before it is this close again. Anyhow, May 30th is the closest. It was very clear to the naked eye last night, as a slightly brownish disc.
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Has anyone been looking at Mars in the past few days? It is at one of its 25 monthly closest approaches to Earth, and is much closer than usual - I think I heard that it will be 60,000 years before it is this close again. Anyhow, May 30th is the closest. It was very clear to the naked eye last night, as a slightly brownish disc.
Yes, I noticed it last Saturday night. I was packing the car after a gig and I happened to glance up at the Moon and noticed an unmistakably orange object that was obviously not Betelgeuse or Aldebaran and thought to myself it had to be Mars. Confirmed with Google Sky that it was, and also that Saturn was forming the other corner of a triangle with Mars and the Moon.

On Sunday then, while farting about on the internet, I was able to find out that it was a particularly close opposition, which is what I suspected was making it so bright.

I have a nice pair of 15x70 binoculars that my lovely wife got me for Christmas a few years ago, I hope the skies clear up again over the next few nights so I can have a good look. I remember the opposition in the 80s when it was really bright in the sky and pointing my crappy old 10x50s and seeing bugger all
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