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420chan is Getting Overhauled - Changelog/Bug Report/Request Thread (Updated March 20)
How did such an inconceivably awesome object get stuck with such a stupid name? by Henrietta Levitt - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:49:56 EST ID:gVSzJCUs No.57466 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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"Milky Way" sounds so weak and lame for a galaxy, especially the one we're renting. Cant we have come up with a cooler handle for our cosmic digs?
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Arthur Eddington - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:07:15 EST ID:457vC2+I No.57467 Ignore Report Quick Reply
'Milky Way' was the name for the galaxy in a number of different ancient cultures, which is why it stuck.

On that note, I hate to tell you this, but 'galaxy' literally means 'milky way.'
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Jan Hendrik Oort - Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:37:44 EST ID:unNII3om No.57468 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I like it because astronomy has really ancient and mostly religious roots. Keeping the old mythological names for things known for millenia shows respect for the star-gazers that came before us I think.
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Henrietta Levitt - Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:01:53 EST ID:gVSzJCUs No.57469 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>57467
>>57468

These are good points, in particular
>Keeping the old mythological names for things known for millenia shows respect for the star-gazers that came before us I think.

Thinking of it this way, I don't mind the name at all. Thanks, fellas!
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Karl Jansky - Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:27:32 EST ID:unNII3om No.57473 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>57469

I agree the name is kind of dumb at face value though. But when knowing the context of the arch-myth of some god spilling milk across the firmament it works.

Our galaxy does look like a smear across the heavens if you view it in an area without light pollution, so I can get what they were thinking.
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Alan Guth - Sat, 01 Dec 2018 13:54:13 EST ID:L+ln+qD9 No.57515 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>57473
>Our galaxy does look like a smear across the heavens if you view it in an area without light pollution
You just reminded me that I've never been in an area without light pollution, let alone seen Milky way, thanks Karl.
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Alan Guth - Sat, 01 Dec 2018 14:00:34 EST ID:L+ln+qD9 No.57516 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>57473
>>57515
Now this fired up my neurons, how do you actually see the stars? How do you exactly get rid of light pollution, for an example, if I somehow shut down the city power grid and the weather is perfectly clear, will I be able to instantly see the stars or they're gradually start to be seen? I know there are a lot of factors but this is just toned down and hypothetical.
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Karl Jansky - Sun, 02 Dec 2018 18:47:40 EST ID:457vC2+I No.57519 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>57516
If you shut down the power grid, the sky would darken instantly, because moving at the speed of light even the ambient photons would leave before you had time to notice a dimming. But, it would seem to take a few seconds, because your eyes would have to adjust.
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Christiaan Huygens - Mon, 03 Dec 2018 11:34:34 EST ID:gRsMKZUR No.57520 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>57516
there are dark zones around. probably some near where you live. or get a look at the sky on a nighttime flight, it's pretty awesome above most of the atmosphere
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Johannes Kepler - Mon, 03 Dec 2018 20:45:06 EST ID:457vC2+I No.57523 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>57520
Stars, y'say? Heard there's a mighty fine mess of 'em iffen ya know whar to look. Use this here map and prospect yerself a dark zone, pardners:
https://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html#4/36.39/22.15
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Riccardo Giacconi - Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:01:26 EST ID:IpCFcmN3 No.57526 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>57519
that kind of a technical answer i needed, thanks. sorry for being a clueless plebian.


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