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12:01 AM
so @Guillochon?
 
@UV-D Yup post it
 
@UV-D Go ahead, the more questions, the better.
 
i'll just do 1 or 2 of yours @Guillochon and my one
and will try and do it justice
 
@UV-D you could also combine it with the latest estimates that the Moon is actually some 50 million (IIRC) years older younger than they previously though, which might not sound much, but could disturb that LHB genesis theory
 
and after all that , I am slightly less confused (may be due to me being as dumb as a lamp post)
lol @TildalWave had me worried then
that could be a separate question
 
hmm all the questions i am asking are WISE questions...
 
alright I'll get to work with this question
 
just did a quick google, I didn't find the actual article I was reading just a few weeks ago maybe
or not even
time... I don't really keep track of it LOL
A question on the latest findings on the composition of Titan's surface would be pretty cool too IMO...
 
there is a question about that alreay
 
alright, i've lost motivation to ask more. no man is an island, we need a community effort if we want this to survive
 
12:14 AM
working on it
I have 17Q's and 22A's so I have been trying
@Guillochon nice questions indeed
and it helps me word my question
whats a better word than 'currently accepted' - like, a better way of stating the 'strongest' hypothesis
 
12:42 AM
okay, I think the question looks good
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Q: What hypotheses explain what caused the Late Heavy Bombardment?

UV-DThe Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) or the Lunar Cataclysm is when the inner solar system, including the Earth and Moon, underwent multiple and sustained heavy impacts early in their history (around 3.7-4 billion years ago). This event formed many of the major impact scars we see on the moon, (pres...

@Undo hi!
@tildalwave is that question acceptable?
hmmm either every one is asleep or I scared them off again......;p
 
@UV-D dunno, depends on what question would you ask about it, I guess LOL
 
@UV-D I'm still up... analyzing Falcon 9 second stage engine, reading on DAWN spacecraft, 2 open HTML pages I need to fix, chatting in at least 2 chats now, and so on... I'm starting to appreciate what retired folks say about managing time LOL
 
hmmm sounds like me, have an app being written, 17 web pages, 1 excel spreadsheet and 2 word documents open
whats this 'time' you speak of?
 
12:58 AM
@UV-D oh you know... so little time, so many things to do... such stuff
 
heck yeah, I thought by submitting my PhD I would have free time... but nooooo, I am now are a RA and working on many and varying projects... all the time being a full time high school teacher.... *a job I do not particularly enjoy
here is a question "are to do lists black holes for time?"
 
@UV-D it's all relative :P
 
@called2voyage busy and not entirely confident that I can set a good example
@TildalWave so to do lists are governed by relativity laws?
 
@UV-D how many todo lists do you have?
 
@TildalWave 12
 
1:12 AM
bloody hell and I thought I'm posh with 4
yup there's definitely a lot of relativity between 12 todo lists :)
 
the 12 lists and dealing with a recent death in the family are partly the reasons I am a bit rough around the edges
and also cause I am nuts, and dumber than a puddle of congealed milk
 
@UV-D Understandable, yes... tho it's nice to keep busy after a traumatic event, I've had a few of such myself and I've always been glad I had work as one of the constants
 
it is indeed, I don't mope, but I do wear myself out
i tend to put 110% in everything I do
 
yeah be careful with that, maybe schedule your days up till you go to bed each day, find some routine you're comfortable with
 
@UV-D OY! No self deprecation.
 
1:23 AM
@TildalWave I do try that - but I have been known to sleep only 3-4 hours a night for prolonged periods of time
@DavidFreitag but that is true
the congealed milk beat me in chess
 
@DavidFreitag no hyphen alert!
 
@TildalWave le gasp
 
NO HYPHENS!!!
actually
hyphens.... hiss.....spit
 
Please use non-hyphenated words!
> Non-hyphenated: Possibly the dumbest word in the English language.
 
English language ....hiss..... spit
 
1:28 AM
@TildalWave Correction: <3 is the dumbest.
 
@DavidFreitag 2?
 
both of you correction UV-D is the dumbest
 
@UV-D if you'll insist, we'll have to agree, and you won't like it :P
 
@TildalWave because it is an acronym with a hyphen
 
1:30 AM
@DavidFreitag oh I know, but I'll still read it as "less than three"
 
@TildalWave me too :|
 
be right back - don't cry in my absence
 
@UV-D too late...
 
lol
 
@UV-D What's X-ray an acronym of? I mean, it does have a hyphen... but that X doesn't really stand for anything, does it? :O
 
1:45 AM
xylophones
and UV = ultraviolet and D = dummy
lol
 
@TildalWave Stands for Xerox-Ray, silly.
 
xactly
almost finished writing an app
 
@UV-D android or shudders ios?
 
android of course
 
@UV-D What's it do?
 
1:49 AM
ios ... hiss.....spit
dances
its a death ray app
using the camera as a death ray
 
@DavidFreitag how x-citing :)
 
groan
 
@TildalWave That sounds a little too much like a film that isn't safe for work.
@UV-D oh? Code or it never happened.
 
@DavidFreitag well for the people i test it on it never will in a sense
 
@UV-D Oh - so it's part death-ray part neuralizer?
 
1:52 AM
pretty much
 
oooooooowaseome.
If you ever need a hand with any android stuff, I've dabbled before.
 
thinking of Titan... could there be celestials sustaining a chemical burn on their surface and produce visible spectrum radiation ... i.e. a star that isn't?
I don't mean lava or anything like that... but actual "combustion"
 
hmmmmm not sure @TildalWave - could be a good question
 
@UV-D not sure how to ask it tho
 
@TildalWave Isn't what makes a star a star the whole... you know... nuclear fission?
 
1:58 AM
something like "Has there been any spectral evidence of combustion on Titan?"
 
@UV-D not sure Titan is the best candidate .... but I've managed to answer my question: Gliese 436 b
 
@TildalWave that does sound like a great question
 
How many sombreros could a sombrero lady sombrero if sombrero ladies could sombrero sombreros?
 
lol
 
Say that ten times fast.
 
2:05 AM
"that ten times fast"
there, i said it
 
Aw sheet.
 
A4 or Letter?
 
@UV-D I'll think about it. I mean, how to word it. Gliese 436 b is not really what I meant... it's just too close to its star that's why it has a surface temperature so hot... I'd like to find a celestial that has its own glow in the visible spectrum due to a sustained chemical combustion fueled by its own composition,... i.e. a burning planet
 
3.5" x 5".
 
@TildalWave perhaps word a question asking for examples
 
2:07 AM
@UV-D something like that, yes
 
@TildalWave actually that would be an interesting question, asking are there specific examples of exoplanets that give their own spectral glow due to its own sustained chemical combustion
inches... hiss.. spit
 
@UV-D 88.9mm x 127mm
 
@DavidFreitag that's better
metric rules
 
@UV-D I prefer mils, but whatever..
 
hey @DavidFreitag I actually wrote another question
 
2:12 AM
@UV-D herm?
 
i know, shocking
 
@UV-D I was going to go with blinding but whatever..
 
lol, my usual crap
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Q: What hypotheses explain what caused the Late Heavy Bombardment?

UV-DThe Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) or the Lunar Cataclysm is when the inner solar system, including the Earth and Moon, underwent multiple and sustained heavy impacts early in their history (around 3.7-4 billion years ago). This event formed many of the major impact scars we see on the moon, (pres...

 
@UV-D remember, you can polish poop.
 
lol
i don't want to know how you know that
 
2:14 AM
Mythbusters of course of course.
And all those years i worked on the alien ant farm.
 
been there, done that
I am tempted to answer the Pluto question
but must finish app
@TildalWave well I guess another, albeit minor, advantage of still being in SE-kindergarten (private beta), i'd have a chance to get my rep over 2K before launch
i am going to nominate Gulllochen as mod
will do so once my app is done
 
@UV-D gonna publish it?
 
oh yes, it is the basis of my 6th published paper for the year
 
i mean, on the play store.
 
nah
 
2:27 AM
Will you atleast send me the apk :?
 
we'll see, it is not really a deathray
it measures certain types of noise in image sensors
 
2:52 AM
ɗ.ɗ
 
3:10 AM
well well well
 
3:30 AM
@UV-D I heard you like Android? Question: when does the gold samsung S4 come o... Oh, it already did. Wow, Samsung has a fast copy machine these days.
 
lol
i hope this question is suitable astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/432/…
 
I don't have any idea if it's easily Googleable, that tends to be my test.
 
the resources I found said 'uncertain' for the 1st question and could find nothing for the 2nd
ooh i just had an idea
@Undo, I am going to restructure that question to focus on the younger earth
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Q: What implications do a younger Earth and Moon have on Late Heavy Bombardment genesis hypotheses?

UV-DThe Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) or the Lunar Cataclysm is when the inner solar system, including the Earth and Moon, underwent multiple and sustained heavy impacts early in their history (around 3.7-4 billion years ago). This event formed many of the major impact scars we see on the moon, (pres...

I think that is not easily googlable
 
4:29 AM
@TildalWave I have altered my question a bit, to also focus on the younger earth/moon articl you gave me astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/432/…
 
 
3 hours later…
7:30 AM
sorry i havent been chatty lately guys, im hoping to get some good questions in this week,
shame to hear about the beta but this gives us the perfect opportunity to really focus and improve the site
 
 
1 hour later…
8:44 AM
I'll be in and out - real life and health issues really getting me down. Will post q's and a's when I can.... spent the day Androiding
the app is written
 
9:11 AM
@UV-D aww nothing too bad i hope!
 
i hope not
 
I think we should seriously consider having the scope of this site merged with space exploration
 
what??
 
This isn't because of the meta post, this is based on thoughts I was having yesterday before I was even aware of the extended beta (just to be clear)
I'm not saying we should 100% do it right now, I'm saying it should be a possibility that we at least consider as a viable alternative
 
i am not qquite clear - are you suggesting merging this into Space.SE?
 
9:14 AM
^ see above xD
 
ii would hope that would not happen
as a lot of the theoretical astronomy questions would probably be downvoted and closed as off topic
 
for any specific reason or?
@UV-D which is why we merge our scope with theirs, so that it would be on topic
 
also, I am not a member at Space.SE
(minor reason I know)
 
I do think it should be something we consider, i am not saying i guarantee it will work, but i think it should atleast be an idea that has the pro's and cons discussed so an informed consensus can be taken
 
okay
 
9:18 AM
There will be an impending meta post where i outline the pros and cons
(im not saying im Pro-merge, i will weigh the pros and cons, personally i have no preference for what happens)
 
all I am saying is that if it does go ahead, there would be a lot of 'orphaned' posts
 
that's a shame, is there any specific reason you wouldn't just take your answers and questions across?
 
if a merger did happen, my questions and answers would go across, but as I am not a member, they'd be 'orphaned'
 
i mean, why wouldnt you come across too?
 
(i think I will stop researching that answer)
I just can not see what is on topic here being welcomed as on topic there
 
9:21 AM
im just trying to figure out why people might be against it, i obviously dont have the power to do it and many people will agree with you
 
Space.SE is about space exploration; Astro.SE is about observational and theoretical astronomy - they can be separate
 
@UV-D which is why we merge scope, so what is on topic there stays on topic, what is on topic here becomes on topic, we literally just move to a different name (no longer astronomy) and there will be questions of the original kind from space too
 
I can just see mass downvoting and closing
 
there definately will be, if everyone from astro leaves there will be no point having it ontopic and it would fail, it would need members support
 
why can't there be a separation between space exploration and space science
?
 
9:25 AM
there can be, but im thinking for alternatives IF astro fails again, i dont think we should merge if we iron out our problems, i DO think we should merge the scope with space if the site cannot stand on its own
^thats my point, i was wording it poorly before, i apologise
 
I see, if we fail, then similar thing will occur I would imagine
 
yes i think i was giving the wrong opinion before of us merging now, instead of if we fail, sorry for that!
 
you see, there is a big problem - technically I am an enthusiast in all things astronomy and especially in space exploration
When Geoscience comes out - I'll be a true expert there... perhaps I should not have joined..
 
geoscience?
 
there is a geoscience a51 commitment
 
9:34 AM
ahh fair enough
 
this site shouldn't fail
I am starting to write questions like astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/432/…
Have a look at the questions just before mine
 
no it shouldnt, i just wanted to put the 'last choice' idea out there
 
my answers are also rich with information from peer reviewed articles
lately, I take 30 mins to 2 hours to write one
@RhysW scared the crud out of me to be honest
 
apologies, my wording should be worked on!
 
its alright
that's the 3rd scare/kick in the pants I have had since being here
 
9:40 AM
:D
hopefully not all from me
 
my mind uses it as a means to improve
 
are 1 and 2 sombrero lady?
 
no, 1 and 2 are the messages about our questions/answers from Jon to be honest
and me still not knowing what is acceptable
 
:P it's given me pause for thought
unfortunately im not an expert, i wont pretend to be, so thinking of expert level questions is a challenge and requires lots of thought
 
I m not an expert, I am constantly labelled as one, but I am not (not in astronomy anyways)
 
9:44 AM
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Q: What are the current observational limits on the existence of Dyson spheres/swarms/rings?

GuillochonA Dyson sphere/swarm/ring is a hypothetical structure an extra-terrestrial entity would construct to collect a large fraction of its host star's light, and would likely generate a fairly strong infrared signature that could potentially be detected by modern infrared surveys (such as WISE). Do we ...

hmm - does this belong here? questions about theoretical items that may or may not exist?
 
that is a good question I thought
 
does it not belong better to sci fi? given that such a structure doesn't exist? (to our species)
@RhysW my understanding (and I could be wrong) is that this question is about what limits us in observing more pluto or eris sized planets. — UV-D 22 secs ago
could we perhaps have this retitled then?
as the current title seems nonsensical
 
I could be wrong in my interpretation
 
we dont know what we dont know, thats why we dont know it, y'know?
 
I usually are
remember, I am dumb as a broken desk fan
 
9:48 AM
probably because you dropped the desk fan on yourself at some point and the fan broke, knowing your luck :P
 
true, been there, done that
 
it worries me that i can guess that accurately
 
I think my last 3 questions are okay
i need to write more answers
 
see the problem is, we don't need you to do more, we need more of you to do the amount you already do! then the site is a definite success! :P
 
what on earth does that mean?
oooh clones!!
you REALLY do not want that
 
9:51 AM
you are taking on more and more work, more questions, more answers yes?
We should clone you, so that we have more people to do the amount you do! :P
 
in real life, I also have 2 jobs (1 full time), full time PhD and currently are involved with 4 research projects
luckily I am ugly as sin, so I am still single
i am fat, ugly and dumb - got the trifecta
 
facepalm lets add no self confidence to that too ¬_¬
 
i am self confident (a little too much sometimes), I don't have any self esteem
storm approaching
hmmm i just had a thought for a question
 
@UV-D scratches head i always considered them to be the same thing
 
can i throw it by you @RhysW
nah
 
10:00 AM
sure throw away, ill give my views :D
 
"What observational constraints are thre in detecting volcanism on an exoplanet?"
 
ooh i like that, the top of my head screams smoke clouds, the tip of my tongue wants to yell about planet temperature.
it should provide some good answers
gimme a sec to check what already exists
 
and I can link it my first ever question here
 
i like that yours is more specific by limiting to observational constraints
though i have a question
 
by the way, I am always open to having my posts edited
ask away
 
10:03 AM
do you mean purely optical constraints, how it looks, or does observational include measurements taken through other means, ie infra-red, x-ray, or heck, even long sound waves?
 
any and all - how to word that in to the question
 
thats a good question, i struggled to word it in asking you :P
 
okay, am going to work on writing it
 
gives thumbs up
 
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Q: What observational constraints are there in detecting the presence of volcanism on exoplanets?

UV-DThis question is somewhat related to my earlier question How are the compositional components of exoplanet atmospheres differentiated?, but this about a specific surface-atmospheric phenomena - volcanism. Using our solar system as a rough analogue (where asides from Earth, Venus, Io and Triton h...

feel free to suggest or make edits
wonders if @RhysW has fainted in horror
 
10:29 AM
@RhysW! have aliens abducted you?
 
10:45 AM
@UV-D nah I left after posting my last message, work n all that jazz
 
work.... hiss....spit
 
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A: NOT READY FOR PUBLIC BETA — What function should this site serve?

RhysWThis is a good decision. The push for meatier questions was proposed only 3 days ago, more than half way through our beta, and I'm sure it still has not yet been read by everyone. The push for expert level questions was a good change, one we are glad was made, but change takes time, so giving...

This pretty much sums up our views, right?
 
pretty much
I have a response to tht post, but will hold off for the moment
 
Question away!
 
i have posted my question on the main site
something crazy entered the room
 
10:54 AM
something @CrazyBuddy is always following me ;)
 
yeah ;-)
 
so @CrazyBuddy... whats new?
 
Nothing... Absolutely nothing..!!! I didn't spend any moment useful for the last three days -_-
 
pahaha, not even on your blog?
 
But, I'm skimming throughout the whole SE... (& twitter)
@RhysW Blog -- that goes on... That doesn't count :D
 
10:56 AM
i wrote an app today
 
@CrazyBuddy ive forgotten the link, slap me with it please?
 
Android?
@RhysW How dare you forget that..???? Grr....
 
Android!
 
ah...
 
You guys might like this link
 
10:59 AM
which one?
 
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/

Digital Library for Physics and Astronomy
 
That -- I already included in my blog :P
 
haha really?
 
See the "articles" page (last)
It'd be below arXiv...
 
ha so you have
what are the chances of that xD
pure coincidence, i got there from somewhere completely different!
but it proves i was right, you DID like that link :D
 
11:02 AM
Yep :)
Actually, it was first suggested by Chris :D
in The h Bar, Sep 6 at 2:48, by Chris White
btw if you want to find the actual published paper, astronomers have their own abstract search service: ADS
 
right, ive found my feet, expect lots of better questions from me on here in the future
@CrazyBuddy its also good for citation counts i hear
 
yeah...
 
Now that i finished the interview process ill have more time free in my evening for asking my questions now :D
 
@RhysW Eh? interview?
 
Oh yah spent the last week interviewing
and apparently turning canadian
 
11:05 AM
you were interviewed, or you interviewed? O_O
 
were interviewed
i was the candidate, that makes it easier to grasp :P
 
I got shocked -- how this guy (only an year elder) interviews people :D
 
ive had a guy fired before though...
 
Whaa...
 
and supplied all the information for my boss to interview people
@CrazyBuddy unintentionally
 
11:07 AM
I've had people hired, fired, arrested and locked up
 
sort of
 
Hah...!!!
 
arrested?
 
not at the same time
 
@UV-D o_O
 
11:08 AM
your hired! punches in face youre fired! arrest this man!
2
 
they were a friend, they committed fraud that hurt another friend - that act of betrayal enraged me, so I dobbed the mongrel in
 
ahh, my coworker was a drug addict,
he got caught out at work and fired for a different reason though
 
Sorry fellas -- me *unfortunately* goin' out :/
c'yall later
 
some people deserve it
 
@CrazyBuddy no! bad! stay!
 
11:10 AM
tie hm down
 
ties down
i think it worked
removes gag
 
lol
 
damn,
im an idiot
have you ever sent yourself an email as a reminder to do something, then gone "ooh new mail!" right away?
 
no no, I am the idiot
yes, yes I have
 
i just did that right now
 
11:12 AM
I do that daily so I don't feel so lonely
 
:P you got us!
 
awwwww
 
on that note, i need to leave
kidding, i just love irony
 
ha ha ha hardy ha ha ha
 
i hope you are up for some tough questions
 
11:14 AM
i need to answer a post.... my Q and A ratio is almost a parity
 
woah, perfect timing
 
oh?
 
i say im about to ask tough questions at exactly the same time as you say you need to answer more :P
 
I have google scholar ready to and fired up and my nerd hat on
 
it might be a while before its asked, ims till figuring it out
 
11:16 AM
i probably will be going to bed soon... it is 9:16pm here... and I am exhausted after today
 
ill give you a hint, brush up on your oort limit knowledge!
 
brushed
 
awesome, i dont know when itll be asked, whenever i get enough time
 
time? what is this 'time' you speak of?
 
i have a math question for you
if i have something measured in kg/m^3 how do i turn that into a measurement of g/cm^3
 
of course! the internet, how could i forget
 
i use that site all the time
 
oh its as obvious as i thought it was
1000 kg/m3 is 1g/cm3
 
do you think it would be okay to give a part answer to a question?
 

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