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How did such an inconceivably awesome object get stuck with such a stupid name?

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- Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:49:56 EST gVSzJCUs No.57466
File: 1539910196953.jpg -(74041B / 72.31KB, 600x399) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. How did such an inconceivably awesome object get stuck with such a stupid name?
"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 457vC2+I No.57467 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 unNII3om No.57468 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 gVSzJCUs No.57469 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 unNII3om No.57473 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 L+ln+qD9 No.57515 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 L+ln+qD9 No.57516 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 457vC2+I No.57519 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 gRsMKZUR No.57520 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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Riccardo Giacconi - Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:01:26 EST IpCFcmN3 No.57526 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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