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17 years 2 months ago #43953 by bertthebudgie
Always consult youtube when in doubt.


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17 years 2 months ago #43974 by dmcdona

Higher mass stars burn their fuel more rapidly than lower mass stars. Super giants burn very rapidly and then collapse into neutron stars, pulsars or black holes (live fast, die young - chug vodka shots and party like an animal) while the more wimpy main sequence jobs consume their fuel at a more sedate pace (a bit like having afternoon tea in polite company) and merely lift a butt-cheek to express their satisfaction... expelling some excess gas and leave a beautiful planetary nebula!

Stars are a lot like people!

Phil.


Now that's what I all astronomy for the masses kids especially would love that analogy (perhaps wouldn;t understand the vodka bit). It made me howl all the same. Is it copyrighted? :wink:

Dave

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17 years 2 months ago #43975 by dmcdona
Oh yes, forgot to mention. Whilst we lambast our US cousins for in-you-face aptriotic world saving movie scenarios (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow etc) we should give some credit to those in the US who actually make a reasonable attempt at a movie.

Over in New York we went to see 300 - superb. After seeing Sin City, I was sure this was going to be good - and I wasn't let down.

Dave (not Fanning)

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17 years 2 months ago #43980 by philiplardner

Now that's what I all astronomy for the masses kids especially would love that analogy (perhaps wouldn;t understand the vodka bit). It made me howl all the same. Is it copyrighted? :wink:


I'm a firm believer in making learning fun! Serious points or useful information are much more readily remembered if you can associate them with a ridiculous mental image. There are many boring mnemonics for remembering the colours of the rainbow (Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain - amongst others... had to look that one up!) but I much prefer Roll Over You Great Big Innocent Virgin! Not only do I remember the sequence because I can see the image, but I clearly remember who taught it to me and also when and where - my chemistry teacher in Newman College in Dublin, 1985, Merrion Square park, during an outdoor chemistry class in summer! He had us rolling around in his classes and standing on tables in group-participation practical demonstrations. Memorable (and fun) stuff!

Make free with it!

Phil.

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17 years 2 months ago #43983 by dave_lillis

Higher mass stars burn their fuel more rapidly than lower mass stars. Super giants burn very rapidly and then collapse into neutron stars, pulsars or black holes (live fast, die young - chug vodka shots and party like an animal) while the more wimpy main sequence jobs consume their fuel at a more sedate pace (a bit like having afternoon tea in polite company) and merely lift a butt-cheek to express their satisfaction... expelling some excess gas and leave a beautiful planetary nebula!

Stars are a lot like people!

Phil.

You certainly have a way with words Phil, :lol: :lol:

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17 years 2 months ago #43996 by Seanie_Morris
:oops: This is going to look bad on me...


...the whole time I was thinking fguihen was talking about "Little Miss Sunshine!

What year is the movie set in?

Made in 2006, set in the same year.


its actually set about 50 - 60 years into the future. the director set it then as its possible some mindboggling new physics could have been discovered, and also the technology in the movie wouldnt look too alien, and more close to what were used to.


My bad, sorry!


In actual fact, you're talking about the new movie, "Sunshine"!

D'OH!


:oops:

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