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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   1/30/2012 4:51:35 PM
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WOW!

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Haldor   1/30/2012 2:13:17 PM
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Imagine living in the middle of a globular cluster. The skies would never be dark because they would be full of Venus brightness stars. http://www.sciencephoto.com/image/330929/large/R6140338-Hercules_globular_cluster_M13_-SPL.jpg Of course the radiation in a globular cluster would prevent life from ever arising there, but it would still be cool to see it via a remote camera (as long as it is in-between gamma ray bursts).

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Max The Magnificent   1/29/2012 9:50:43 PM
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Hi John -- thanks for the information (even though it was not what I was hoping for :-) I must admit that I often wonder what the night would look like on a world orbiting a sun much closer to the center of the galaxy than we are...

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John Doran   1/27/2012 9:30:26 PM
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Howdy, Max! If the Helix Nebula were bigger than the mooon, we might still not be able to see it very well with the naked eye. For example, people are startled when I tell them that the big galaxy in Andromeda, M31, spans an area of the sky almost six times the diameter of the full moon (no kidding)! M31 is often cited as the most distant object visible to the unaided human eye (~2.6 million light-years away). As huge as it is, though, it's so dim that you will never see much more than a featureless smudge even in a big telescope...

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Dave-sir   1/27/2012 9:07:56 PM
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If you like the ESO site, you might also like NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day (APOD) site. A new one every day, with an extensive archive and interesting explanations. Here's one of their photo's of the Helix Nebula: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap091231.html

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Max The Magnificent   1/26/2012 6:01:49 PM
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Also, I recommend reading "Songs from the Stars" by Norman Spinrad ... it's a slightly off-beat science fiction story that I really, REALLY enjoyed...

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Max The Magnificent   1/26/2012 6:00:06 PM
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Did you see my column "You used to be able to see the stars at night"? (http://bit.ly/yhxByT) On the way into work this morning I heard on NPR (National Public Radio) that they are working on a huge new optical telescope that will have such a large effective diameter (it's made out of several independent mirrors, I believe) that it will be able to resolve planets around other stars...

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Max The Magnificent   1/26/2012 5:57:05 PM
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If they were brown, they wouldn't show up as well against the night sky :-)

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Max The Magnificent   1/26/2012 5:56:13 PM
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## and got stuck for a while... Sorry about that :-) I certainly have read "The Mote in God's Eye" and I totally recommend it -- it is a VERY good read indeed (Eeek, I'm a poet and I never knew-it) If you like "The Mote...",then I would also recommend "Footfall" and "Lucifer's Hammer" by the same authors

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Max The Magnificent   1/26/2012 5:52:36 PM
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You are welcome Mr Mid Daily (do you ever get confused with that strange Free Classified Website?) Grin

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