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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 3 10:20 PM

Mar 4th, 2017: Magellan

The Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990. After a couple hiccups, it's given us space-boner inducing photographs beyond
our wildest dreams. But most of the time it was doing science most people wouldn’t fathom.
Dogs live a dozen years, cats half that again, but Hubble has been humping away for 27 years and is tired. In October of 2018
the James Webb Space Telescope will launch to become the new star of stars. The problem is these telescopes are incredibly
difficult and expensive to build, launch and service.

Scopes like Hubble and James Webb have a long line of astronomers waiting years, while jostling and politicking for peep time.
The obvious solution is more telescopes but with the aforementioned expense, that won’t happen. All telescopes on the earth,
even on the highest peaks, suffer from the distortion (twinkle twinkle little star), of our atmosphere. But most people feel it’s
better to be able to breath than see stars.
Well damnitall this is the 21st century, you know flying cars, sex robots, wrist radios, sex robots, holodecks, sex robots.
It seems the astronomers, and computer geeks have been working on it... yeah, the sexrobots too.

High on a mountain top in old Chile, they’re building a telescope the stars to see.

The Giant Magellan Telescope is expected to be completed by 2025, but may start working sooner with only four of the seven
mirrors it’s getting. In space, the GMT would have about 10 times the resolving power of Hubble, but on the ground… twinkle.
Nerds to the rescue! Adaptive optics to fix the twinkle, secondary mirrors will be flexible, and computer-controlled actuators will
warp them hundreds of times per second to de-twinkle the image. The telescope will use six lasers to produce artificial stars in
the sky for calibrating. Magellan will get close to the same resolution as if it were in space.

Science, bitches!

Snakeadelic  Saturday Mar 4 08:50 AM

...Countown perhaps to a Hidden Figures sequel? I hear it was an AMAZING movie. Didn't play in our little one-theater town.

"There she goes again
She's tidied up and I can't find anything!
All my tubes and wires and careful notes!
...And antiquated notions."

It's that last line. Makes the whole song just a teeny bit more awesome. Any time anybody on TV or in an IRL conversation mentions science, he tends to pick one of the background "Science!" voices to imitate, though thankfully during our "CSI until our eyes roll back in our heads" marathons he knocks it off after the first episode or he'd lose his damn voice.


Snakeadelic  Saturday Mar 4 08:57 AM

...and I love starting my day with a little bit of 'wtf' weirdness. I have a huge playlist currently on Windows Media Player (whose equalizer doesn't seem to know the meaning BASS). Audio only. I have "She Blinded Me with Science." I hit YouTube for a lyrics video because I couldn't remember part of the bit I wanted to use. At the end, the YouTube playlist scrolls over to "Mr. Roboto." I turn it off, put back up my set-to-random playlist, hit skip to the next song...

"Mr. Roboto." Which is actually barely even on the same screen of the playlist, nowhere all that near "She Blinded Me with Science".

Now multiply the weird-coincidence factor exponentially until someone figures out how to make it a fractal-design generation equation and you'll have a picture of how freakin' weird my life gets on occasion.

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