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Old 11-13-2019, 11:50 PM   #1
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Nov 14th, 2019 : Crab Nebula

In 1054, Chinese astronomers observed a star that glowed particularly bright for two years and then winked out. We know now that they were looking at a supernova, the terminal explosion of a star, when its core collapses under its own gravity. The remains of that cosmic explosion, the Crab Nebula, some 6,500 light years away from Earth, are no longer visible to the naked eye. The nebula was first identified in 1731 by the doctor and astronomer John Bevis, and weíve been watching it ever sinceóbut itís never looked quite like this.

By assembling the data from five telescopes:
Very Large Array (radio),
Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared),
Hubble Space Telescope (visible),
XMM-Newton Observatory (ultraviolet),
Chandra X-ray Observatory (X-ray),
tint the data from each a different color and overlay them for unprecedented detail.

The bright spot at the center is a pulsar, a tiny neutron star that rotates rapidly (30 times per second), sending out electromagnetic beams like a lighthouse on overdrive. It is surrounded by a swirl of particles caught up in the pulsarís magnetic wind, followed by the remnants of the supernova, and then finally material ejected from the star before it exploded. The comparative data are helping scientists understand the structure and physics of the nebula, which is three light years across.
I donít know if thereís a purpose to all this investigating other than simply the possibility of learning something they didnít know.
I figure cataclysmic shit of this magnitude will happen, and we canít do anything but watch.
When you are in the valley and a huge avalanche comes hurtling down the mountain at you does it help you in any way to know
the coefficient of friction between the flakes?

Brandoliniís Law Ė Energy to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.
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Old 11-14-2019, 02:33 PM   #2
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Crab nebulas?!?!

Ain't no amount of Quell lotion gonna take care o'that.

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Old 11-14-2019, 02:41 PM   #3
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Carl Sagan makes a good case for study of the cosmos contributing to terrestrial science, but I guess since we've institutionally decided that we're not interested in applying physical sciences to the planet where we live, then it really is no use.
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it's a matter of deciding for yourself how important ultra-facility is to your
expression. ... I found, like Joseph Campbell said, if you just follow whatever
gives you a little joy or excitement or awe, then you're on the right track.

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