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Old 11-13-2011, 05:37 PM   #621
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Not patient enough to look back through 30 pages if this has been posted. Sorry if so, and if not, enjoy!!

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Not patient enough to look back through 30 pages if this has been posted. Sorry if so, and if not, enjoy!!
Saw that this morning. So ****** sick. Love to see the lighting in the clouds.

I would kill to see that in person someday, with all this talk of spaceships for humans and stuff!!
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came here to post the ISS timelapse
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:31 PM   #624
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Like i said on facebook, i'm fairly certain that video just showed the meaning of life.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:42 PM   #626
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Sorry, I'm never first to post anything so I feel obligated to gloat haha
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If this is operating at 15 G's I can't imagine what the ones running 100 G's look like.
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I was thinking the same thing


This is pretty cool, Oppenheimer's letter of recommendation for Feynman. I love the title of the page "He is a second Dirac, only this time human"
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Dear Professor Birge:

In these war times it is not always easy to think constructively about the peace that is to follow, even in such relatively small things as the welfare of our department. I would like to make one suggestion to you which concerns that, and about which I have myself a very sure and strong conviction.

As you know, we have quite a number of physicists here, and I have run into a few who are young and whose qualities I had not known before. Of these there is one who is in every way so outstanding and so clearly recognized as such, that I think it appropriate to call his name to your attention, with the urgent request that you consider him for a position in the department at the earliest time that that is possible. You may remember the name because he once applied for a fellowship in Berkeley: it is Richard Feynman. He is by all odds the most brilliant young physicist here, and everyone knows this. He is a man of thoroughly engaging character and personality, extremely clear, extremely normal in all respects, and an excellent teacher with a warm feeling for physics in all its aspects. He has the best possible relations both with the theoretical people of whom he is one, and with the experimental people with whom he works in very close harmony.

The reason for telling you about him now is that his excellence is so well known, both at Princeton where he worked before he came here, and to a not inconsiderable number of "big shots" on this project, that he has already been offered a position for the post war period, and will most certainly be offered others. I feel that he would be a great strength for our department, tending to tie together its teaching, its research and its experimental and theoretical aspects. I may give you two quotations from men with whom he has worked. Bethe has said that he would rather lose any two other men than Feyman from this present job, and Wigner said, "He is a second Dirac, only this time human."

Of course, there are several people here whose recommendation you might want; in the first instance Professors Brode and McMillan. I hope you will not mind my calling this matter to your attention, but I feel that if we can follow the suggestion I have made, all of us will be very happy and proud about it in the future. I cannot too strongly emphasize Feynman's remarkable personal qualities which have been generally recognized by officers, scientists and laity in this community.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson did an AMA.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Reddit AMA Session (Full Transcript)

What an awesome dude! Looked pretty buff when younger, too:






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It depends on if you're in geosynchronous orbit or not. It's all a matter of velocity relative to the earth. The earth rotates at ~1675km/hr at the equator, so depending on your velocity it would appear to rotate faster/slower. BTW you broke the thread. Put the /url back on the end of the quoted video.

edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_rotation
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quoting the ISS video is the problem, I believe.



The ISS should be particularly bright in the early morning sky for the next few days. 3 Soyuz hatches will be attached to it, while astronauts are coming and going from the station. I am tempted to go find a dark place around here, up 270 perhaps, to check it out.

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I guess I broke it yesterday since my post is no longer on here. Anyway, there was a solid squiggly red line at 3:57 of the ISS timelapse that would appear to be almost 100 miles long (guess). I can't figure it out. Anyone have any thoughts?
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I guess I broke it yesterday since my post is no longer on here. Anyway, there was a solid squiggly red line at 3:57 of the ISS timelapse that would appear to be almost 100 miles long (guess). I can't figure it out. Anyone have any thoughts?
Borealis (Northern or Southern, idk). Say they were Northern Lights for simplicity. These lights can be green, red, even purple. It's really cool to see the red lights from space. That was my favorite part of the video.

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From APOD today, click for high res:

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Explanation: Our Sun is becoming a busy place. Taken just last week, the Sun was captured sporting numerous interesting features including one of the larger sunspot groups yet recorded: AR 1339 visible on the image right. Only last year, the Sun was emerging from an unusually quiet Solar Minimum that lasted for years. The above image was recorded in a single color of light called Hydrogen Alpha, inverted, and false colored. Spicules cover much of the Sun's face. The gradual brightening towards the Sun's edges is caused by increased absorption of relatively cool solar gas and called limb darkening. Just over the Sun's edges, several scintillating prominences protrude, while prominences on the Sun's face are seen as light streaks. Possibly the most visually interesting of all are the magnetically tangled active regions containing cool sunspots. As our Sun's magnetic field winds toward Solar Maximum over the next few years, increased activity will likely create times when the Sun's face is even more complex.
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Borealis (Northern or Southern, idk). Say they were Northern Lights for simplicity. These lights can be green, red, even purple. It's really cool to see the red lights from space. That was my favorite part of the video.
I guess it looked different because the ISS was going directly overhead.

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