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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 27th Jan '09 10:07 PM


I'm watching "Universe" on the History Channel, and they just said:

1. On average one new star is formed in the Milky Way each year. But they said there are luminescent galaxies where about 100 new stars are formed a year.

2. Earth's moon is the only moon in the solar system that can cause a complete eclipse.

3. The universe, down to the atoms, may be totally ripped apart in about 50 billion years. (Personal note: So if the stimulus package is paid back at the rate of $10 a year between now and the end of the universe, well.........somebody's not going to get paid back - especially with the interest rates!)

And no, I'd rather discuss it out here than make a quiz with it - I'm interested in other facts you guys know which I may have never heard before. Is all this common knowledge among those who are more recently schooled than I?

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Tue, 27th Jan '09 10:39 PM

Re: 2. Do we as a species really know that? Surely there are moons of some planets somewhere that are the right size as opposed to the star???

On the other hand, do we know squat?

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Tue, 27th Jan '09 10:49 PM

Jank: Most of the statements you just mentioned [except the lunar eclipse scenario] is relatively new scientific discoveries and theories. The newest theory is the expansion of the universe called the "Big Rip" effect in which everything
down to subatomic particles would cease to exist in 50-80 billion years.
The opposite of the "Big Bang" theory if you think about it. [Not the TV series folks]

It is fascinating. My hero Albert Einstein would love to be alive today to participate in the research.
His theories have led to continued discoveries of spacetime; bending of light and other hard to imagine concepts.

I subscribe to Astronomy Magazine and a few other science oriented magazines so I have read about many of these things.

The universe is a wonderful thing.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 27th Jan '09 10:52 PM

unless you happen to be alive in 50-80 billion years. It's hard to imagine that the human race as we know it, would be though.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Tue, 27th Jan '09 11:07 PM

Bbear: We [the Human Race] do know squat.
First ------Re #2- the statement only deals with a moon's [earths] total eclipse of the sun in OUR solar system, not in other interstellar solar systems.

I know many believe some of these scientific discoveries and theories is all speculation, but think about the modern wonders we enjoy today.
Organ transplants; genetic research; medical breakthroughs; space travel; satellite technology; nuclear power; Sploofus;

There are some things we may never "Know" without some uncertainty, but I believe our species has been given the ability to question the meaning of life and discover and seek more knowledge.Some scientific findings will change over time and amazing discoveries are awaiting. What is ahead for us?

Science and religion - there is room for both. That's the mystery!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 1:32 AM

Things I've never heard before:

"Geesus that's a great rock on your finger"

"Are you a Nobel Prize winner in Physics?".

"Holy crap are you a size 2?"

"Why do you beat around the bush so much?


"What do you really think Kelly"

Never mind:

"Who is Kelly?"


Bobbsey  (Level: 158.3 - Posts: 252)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 5:30 AM

lol chickfbref your too skinny is another one i'll never hear

Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 5:42 AM

... so I dropped a boulder on Chick's thumb.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 9:39 AM

Come to think of it, Your Highness, I never read any of those lines in a textbook, either!

I gotta believe the rock comment will still be heard throughout the universe someday, though. Right now, you'll just have to settle for them in your tiara.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.9 - Posts: 3839)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 1:47 PM

The Big Rip Theory, huh?

What? All of the matter in the universe was in some fat guy's pants. Then he bent over and splits his seam and RRR-I-I-I-I-I-IP-P-P!!! it all just explodes out..........

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 1:53 PM

No, not "was."

Is "gonna be."

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.9 - Posts: 3839)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 1:57 PM

What!?!?! I gotta look forward this universal flatulence event. That stinks!!!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 2:09 PM

heehee! With the way things are, i wouldn't expect my nose to notice much difference!

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