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Scientists Discover Mystery in Space (could be dark matter) by Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin - Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:25:14 EST ID:ruPFqd4c No.54167 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So this happened recently. Pretty cool huh?

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James Christy - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:23:22 EST ID:OXINl/7g No.54172 Ignore Report Quick Reply
That's wacky. Even wackier is that they found it in a bunch of other clusters, too., which makes it sound "common." That's a game-changer if dark matter actually has a spectral signature.
Jack Harry Cox - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:34:29 EST ID:WG/dK64g No.54175 Ignore Report Quick Reply
yeah exactly, maybe dark matter could be a resource we use for some type of energy?
Annie Cannon - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:00:54 EST ID:CXJ0jnAr No.54176 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Jacob Kapteyn - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:13:28 EST ID:5O93DDXg No.54177 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Can we call it anti matter or is that an entirely different thing.
Or what, are we going to eventually have dark/light matter reactors?
Matter anti matter reactor sounds better.
Warp core sounds even better.

Scientists can't get called on plagiarism when some sci fi thing ends up being pretty accurate to real life right?
Russel Hulse - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:32:20 EST ID:OXINl/7g No.54178 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It's definitely not the same thing as antimatter. We know how to create antimatter, and have done so in small amounts in particle accelerators, even if it doesn't exist for very long (once the particle comes in contact with normal matter particle, they annihilate one another). Dark matter/dark energy are pretty exotic types of "stuff" that we're still trying to figure out.

That said, there's an idea that antimatter could be an energy source, if it could be contained within a magnetic field and basically allowed to contact normal matter one particle at-a-time, which could be the "reactor" idea. I think that's the basic premise behind the Star Trek warp core, since every time shit hit the fan, they always said "we've lose anti-matter containment." So... who knows if it would work, but there's definitely theory behind the idea.

Want a career involved with space but not sure where to start by Bart Bok - Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:29:19 EST ID:XSZZH2YI No.53960 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I'm 19 but I didn't do very good in high school, and I don't have a diploma.
I'm getting my G.E.D in the next couple days and from there I will start classes at a community college, and from there I will transfer to a University.

What classes should I take to work towards a career involved with outer-space? What should I major in? Ideally something to do with engineering. I plan on applying myself 100% and making straight A's no matter what it takes.

Am I fucked because I goofed off in high school?
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William de Sitter - Sun, 08 Jun 2014 23:23:01 EST ID:XSZZH2YI No.53983 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>It will take hard work.
everything worth doing takes hard work.

>I recommend mechanical engineering/astrophysics if you want to build or guide ships and probes to other places.
exactly what I needed, thank you kind anon.
Chushiro Hayashi - Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:44:32 EST ID:9mWjBV9X No.53984 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Are there any observatories or labs that you want to work at? Call them up, chat with the people there. See what they did, let them know you're interested and what they're looking for in candidates. The cool thing about (most) scientists is that they love to talk about what they do, and what it takes to do what they do.

There is no Anonymous here, everyone has a name.
George Herbig - Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:51:04 EST ID:ILYTISHs No.54003 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm with

Mechanical or aerospace engineering, astrophysics, biology or chemistry are your best bets. You'll need a PhD, so if you're planning to apply yourself 100%, you'll have to do it for 8+ years (although with engineering, you might get by with a Master's).

If you goofed off in high school, you're not totally boned if you can bust your ass and get really good grades at whatever college you were able to get into. That way you can transfer to a better school after a year or two and get the necessary education. But if you goof off at all in college, you are absolutely fucked because bad college grades will follow you for the rest of your life. Believe me, I know--I'm back in school for a different degree after graduating and I'm stuck with my grades from first couple of years in college when I didn't take it seriously enough. My GPA is really, really, hard to improve in a meaningful way, and every time you transfer schools or apply to a new one, they want that transcript.

Don't fuck up.
Motorola - Sun, 15 Jun 2014 05:22:40 EST ID:/Y0cWjSa No.54009 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>53978 As he says, do astrophysics.
Johann Encke - Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:13:30 EST ID:GXbX/Jx+ No.54152 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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You're going to need to get really good grades in your community college, then transfer. You'll need to learn:

  1. Math. You have to take all the math that your community college offers, and much more after you transfer. Do some self study to see where you're at and take some remedial courses if necessary.
  2. Physics. You're going to want to take all the physics your community college offers as well.
  3. Computer programming, astronomy, and chemistry won't hurt.

If you live in California and your community college grades are good enough (3 and up) you may be able to get your admission guaranteed through the TAG program: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/tag-matrix.pdf

Apply to as many summer REUs you can find. If you get accepted, these will...
  1. Probably pay you a few grand
  2. Help you decide what your research interests are
  3. Beef up your undergrad and grad school applications

"A career involved with space" is extremely general, however, you'll be able to narrow down your focus as you progress.
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Gyroscope by Charles Messier - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:56:38 EST ID:uPxow4QX No.54141 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What happens if you use a gyroscope in space? Are there any cool things that can be learned from this?
Otto Struve - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:35:54 EST ID:7hS18w4i No.54143 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The same as if you use a gyroscope on earth
Daniel Kirkwood - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:01:59 EST ID:Zbe0PVOU No.54145 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It doesn't matter if you use it in space or on Earth. It'll create a warp in spacetime, either way.
John Bahcall - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:43:02 EST ID:QfKeuJwV No.54147 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>54141 there's a YouTube video where a guy talks about gyroscopes. They remain perpendicular to the earth on the iss. So it will pivot as you watch it. It's pretty xool
Otto Struve - Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:06:32 EST ID:KCC23SOp No.54148 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It will maintain its orientation but float about in all spatial directions with little resistance; i.e. if your release it with the "bottom" facing the "floor" no matter which direction you nudge it the "bottom" will stay pointed at the "floor". As said above the ISS uses gyroscopes to keep itself oriented so the bits that need to face the parent are always facing the planet. I believe you can reorient the spinning gyroscope and it will stay locked in this new orientation by applying enough force but that's just a mildly educated guess.
Edward Barnard - Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:44:30 EST ID:5O93DDXg No.54149 Ignore Report Quick Reply
yes exactly.

things that wont work anymore by Clyde Tombaugh - Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:51:16 EST ID:acVMsUQL No.53937 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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cant flip a coin in space because it will never come back down

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Tadashi Nakajima - Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:32:47 EST ID:0GpZTeKQ No.53996 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I would pay money to see a movie where a stoner wins a go-to-space nasa raffle,and has a stoney adventure on the ISS

Fred Whipple - Tue, 10 Jun 2014 03:06:41 EST ID:xzsB9Uvp No.54000 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Fuck that, if it needs to be funded how about we actually send a stoner to ISS and document it.
George Herbig - Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:57:34 EST ID:N2XexD3h No.54057 Ignore Report Quick Reply


Galileo Galilei - Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:10:52 EST ID:pV3FfZT0 No.54084 Ignore Report Quick Reply
breaker breaker come in earth this is rocketship 27 aliens fucked over the carbonator on engine number 4, I'm gonna try to refuckulate it and land on juniper
Otto Struve - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:18:17 EST ID:eQzmXvzB No.54144 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I would've imagined it being the other way around.

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