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Will the Earth's Tail Fry Moon Visitors?

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the and-what-sauce-would-you-recommend dept.

Moon 166

Roland Piquepaille writes "Researchers working for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission have discovered that the Earth's magnetic tail could be harmful to future astronauts. The moon stays inside Earth's 'magnetotail' for six days every month — during full moon. This can have consequences ranging from lunar 'dust storms' to strong electrostatic discharges, according to one researcher quoted by NASA in 'The Moon and the Magnetotail.' So far, this is pure speculation: no man has been on the moon when the magnetotail hits. As added the same scientist, 'Apollo astronauts never landed on a full moon and they never experienced the magnetotail.' But read more for additional details about how Earth's magnetotail could affect men on the moon."

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All I know (5, Funny)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136102)

All I know is, I don't get any tail for six days every month!

Re:All I know (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136176)

Meh. That is what towels on the bed and a shower after is for. You're getting ripped off.

Re:All I know (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136228)

Not that he'll understand, he probably doesn't get any tail for the other 24 days either.

Re:All I know (2, Insightful)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136324)

Oh, that's nasty D:

Re:All I know (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136354)

who said you could leave the kitchen? Go make me a sandwich sweetie.

Re:All I know (5, Funny)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136364)

Spoken like a true anonymous coward.

Re:All I know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137234)

How is Chunkie Monky? Did he get any tail? ;-)

Re:All I know (4, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136492)

She works in IT. She dosen't make sandwiches, she makes the coffee, you insensitive clod!

Re:All I know (5, Funny)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136618)

Haha! And people wonder why more women don't take an interest in computers. It's not the computers they're afraid of, it's putting up with all the comments like this... Good thing I can handle it -flex- :D

Re:All I know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136648)

No girls allowed! We don't want cooties!

Re:All I know (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137164)

Well now we know who is a card carrying member of the "he-man women haters club" [wikipedia.org] .

No wonder most computer geeks don't have girlfriends and are still single and never got married. Have a nice life living in your mother's basement.

Re:All I know (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136672)

It's called "being able to take a joke" and I assure you that the men in my company are picked on much, much more than the women are. Of course, I'm not counting all the lame pick-up lines that the ladies have to deal with, but eh :P

Re:All I know (5, Interesting)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136812)

Oh, of course. In fact, I'm secure and know I'm good at my job, so generally I find these comments pretty funny. Especially knowing some of the women that I work with who I just know HAD to have gotten where they are through... unscrupulous means. Nevertheless, it's not exactly a welcoming environment for the average lady, no matter how savvy. ;)

Re:All I know [OT] (1)

Hercynium (237328) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137044)

You'd *love* the place where I just started working. Yes, there's certainly a predominance of males in the engineering and IT departments, but it's quite impressive how many women are working here - in highly technical roles - and every day since I got here I get the sense that this company only hires the best they can get. Right across the street from MIT, as you you could surmise, what they get is pretty damn good :)

Re:All I know (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137270)

The interesting thing is that, before we replaced the job with machines, computation and computer science was dominated by women. It was one of those few "acceptable careers."

Maybe it's just that I pay more attention to this area more than others, but it seems like IT in general is an unfriendly place to be. It's fairly elitist in almost every aspect. This is the same complaint of a lot of people moving to linux, women in the industry, and foreigners in the US. There's very much a "who let /you/ in here?" attitude.

Then again, it seems like the people who are genuinely exclusionary are a very small minority; as it's been stated elsewhere, the status quo is very harsh amongst itself. It makes for a stressful situation for most normal people: If I say this to be friendly, will she perceive it as inappropriate? If I say this to rib her, will she take it as hostile? If I don't say anything, will she take it as exclusion? But on the other side: Was he trying to be mean or funny? Is he an awkward person is it because I'm a woman? Is he being friendly or flirty?

We've all become so self-conscious about what is a real problem, but which has come to dominate so many professional relationships, especially towards introduction. We all need to get over it, but it's the most extreme cases (genuine bigotry or oversensitivity) that hold us all back.

Re:All I know (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137046)

It's called "being able to take a joke"
Where is the humor in

who said you could leave the kitchen? Go make me a sandwich sweetie."
or

She works in IT. She dosen't make sandwiches, she makes the coffee, you insensitive clod!
I see plenty of misogyny and fear, but no humor. Do you also crack jokes based on race or disability? Well, what's the difference?

I assure you that the men in my company are picked on much, much more than the women are
You reveal your own sexism with this weak attempt at justification. (Incidentally, this fact is much funnier than your stupid joke).

Re:All I know (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137182)

It's funny to me because it's so ignorant and out of step with the times. (I've known guys who thought like this; but that's not funny, it's sad.)

Of course if the poster really feels that way then it is misogyny! :)

Also, I can believe the statement about men teasing each other much more than they'd tease a woman, because the threat of harrassment is more prevalent been two people of different gender. IMO.

Re:All I know (2, Insightful)

Jarjarthejedi (996957) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137352)

I find it quite amusing personally. Perhaps if you were more secure in the fact that Women can be incredible engineers and supremely intelligent people, and not just foodmakers, you'd be able to get the joke as well.

Poking fun at stereotypes is only amusing to people who aren't racist or sexist. To those who are it tends to seem offensive. I'm perfectly willing to crack disability jokes, if the person I'm talking to knows I'm kidding and won't be offended. Same goes with racist jokes (me and my friends have an ongoing joke about the token black person who appears in many movies and games which we find funny and non-offensive but I'm sure you would think is racist).

You reveal your own sexism by not being able to accept the fact that the stereotypical woman homemaker isn't the common case anymore, and that it's therefore open for jokes along with all other past stereotypes (for a good example of funny old stereotypes just watch any monty python skit/movie :P)

Re:All I know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137558)

Perhaps if you were more secure in the fact that Women can be incredible engineers and supremely intelligent people
I am ultimately secure in this fact. So much so that I don't feel the need to cut them down with misogynist humor. Instead, I prefer to treat them and others the way I prefer to be treated myself: with respect.

Poking fun at stereotypes is only amusing to people who aren't racist or sexist.
Your twist, while potentially clever, completely misses the mark. You don't actually believe what you said here, do you?

You reveal your own sexism by not being able to accept the fact that the stereotypical woman homemaker isn't the common case anymore
I don't like any humor based on race, gender, or any other attribute beyond the control of the subject (including height, weight, disability, etc). By your logic, I must be the most prejudiced person ever.

if the person I'm talking to knows I'm kidding and won't be offended

me and my friends have an ongoing joke

not being able to accept the fact that the stereotypical woman homemaker isn't the common case anymore
These conditions do not apply to everyone and you assume too much. I wonder if you get a "positive" reaction because your audience doesn't feel the confrontation is worth it. Perhaps you are even known for this type of humor and as a result there is a certain expectation to hear it from you.

Re:All I know (1, Funny)

glittalogik (837604) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137694)

Ditto. I know a couple of friends who have semi-regular Ethnic Slur Days, which used to be fairly superficial with drunken name-calling, and have now (d)evolved to the point of researching historical events to find new things to blame each other for. When it gets to the point where, for example, you're yelling at the token Catalan in the group for Ysabella bringing the Inquisition to the Canary Islands in the late 15th Century, it starts getting downright educational.

(fucking spaniards.)

Re:All I know (1)

phreakincool (975248) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136678)

No. It's the computers. You can't properly accessorize a biege metal box.

Re:All I know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136706)

I thought that was what Macs were for.

-LT

Re:All I know (1)

jtev (133871) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136768)

Are you kidding? Macs are an accessory. If you want to accesorize then you go with the over priced Alienware computers.

Re:All I know (2, Funny)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136832)

But you sure can try! When I worked for the computer department in college, I had this one professor whose situation had me stumped. I had to re-install her operating system once every week or two, and even replaced the hard drive once because of bad sectors all over the place. I had no idea what was going on; she swore she just used it for emails and her worksheets, etc. After a while, she called one day, and I finally decided I'd go take a look at it in it's usual environment instead of having her bring it up like usual. And what did I see? About 20 cute but destructive little magnets all over the side of it. x.x She'd been taking them off every time she brought me her computer, so I had no idea they were on usually on there. After I explained why this was a very bad idea and advised her not to put magnets near it, her computer never had a problem again. Fancy that!

Re:All I know (1)

pxc (938367) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137140)

For less secure women than you, there's an easier solution, at least here on /.: Don't explicitly state that you're female in your username.

You don't wanna know what you'd have to do in meatspace...

Re:All I know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137036)

What? Make it yourself!

Re:All I know (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137100)

Sudo make me a sandwich.

Re:All I know (2, Interesting)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137704)

Okay! :D

Re:All I know (2, Funny)

AdamTheBastard (532937) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137738)

Anonymous Coward is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.

Re:All I know (1)

ABoerma (941672) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136332)

Thereby implying you do get tail the rest of the month? You must be- ah, whatever. Lucky git.

Re:All I know (1)

phreakincool (975248) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136350)

I'm willing to bet its more than 6 days...just saying. :P

Re:All I know (4, Funny)

budgenator (254554) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136390)

All I know is, I don't get any tail for six days every month!
on the moon the tail gets you, 6 days a month

Re:All I know (1)

monoqlith (610041) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136456)

And all I know is....I also don't get any tail the other 24 days.

Re:All I know (2, Funny)

j01123 (1147715) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136912)

And all I know is....I also don't get any tail the other 24 days.
Well, you'll get more tail living on the moon than you do living in your mom's basement.

Re:All I know (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136482)

All I know is, I don't get any tail for six days every month!
Dude, you get tail?!?! What moon are you from??

Re:All I know (1)

Raineer (1002750) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136996)

Best first post ever.

If we want to go to the moon (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136104)

We need to test this if we go to the moon. Well that, or get mutant astronauts ;)

Re:If we want to go to the moon (1)

Walzmyn (913748) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136172)

Wouldn't this be realitivy easy to test? Just shoot something up there and have it sit though one of these episodes and see if anything bad happens. I would think it'd be cheeper than going to Saturn or something.

Re:If we want to go to the moon (2, Interesting)

arivanov (12034) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136246)

Russian rovers have happily survived through it.

They were however idle during the night and ran on electronics which are considerably less prone to radiation problems.

Re:If we want to go to the moon (4, Interesting)

arivanov (12034) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136266)

Oops... Should have read it again before posting. The happy event happens during full moon when it is nicely lit by the sun so the rovers have indeed experienced it and none of them has observed any such wierd things. They were up there for months so I this is mostly likely not the kind of problem to worry about. It is least likely to be even close to the amount of radiation pounding a station will get during a solar storm.

Re:If we want to go to the moon (1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136382)

Funny you say that, it almost perfectly resembles a comment posted over at the sour patch, here [sourpatch.org]

Re:If we want to go to the moon (1)

budgenator (254554) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136470)

The moon is always nicely lit with sun light on one side; the reason the full moon is full is because the illuminated day side is facing the Earth's unilluminating night side. That also means that the moon is orbiting into the region that the solar wind "pushes" the magnetosphere toward, which is what creates the posible problem which is most likely worst on the nightside that isn't facing the Earth

Re:If we want to go to the moon (1)

Supergibbs (786716) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136922)

Except when a lunar eclipse occurs, then the moon is completely dark for a few moments. It just happened a couple months ago. :-)

Re:If we want to go to the moon (1)

budgenator (254554) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136970)

Doah, I even watched the eclipse too!

Re:If we want to go to the moon (1)

Supergibbs (786716) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136932)

Except when a lunar eclipse occurs, then the moon is completely dark for a few moments. It just happened a couple months ago. :-)

Re:If we want to go to the moon (1)

gumbi west (610122) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136944)

The moon spins about it's polls relative to the sun, but does not spin about its axis relative to the Earth. So the moon has an approximately 29.5 day long "moon day." As such, if you sit in one spot for 29.5 days, you will see one sun rise and one sun set.

The moon is in the magnetosphere's tail when it is "behind" the Earth (relative to the sun), and it is the solar wind that carries out the magnetic field. During this time, the moon is "sitting" in the area near Earth's shadow (hence, lunar eclipses happens only during a full moon).

Re:If we want to go to the moon (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136334)

They were however idle during the night and ran on clockwork, elastic bands, and pieces of string which are considerably less prone to radiation problems. There, fixed that for you :-)

Full Moon on Moon? (2, Interesting)

$0.02 (618911) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136106)

The moon stays inside Earth's 'magnetotail' for six days every month â" during full moon. Wouldn't that be full earth instead?

Re:Full Moon on Moon? (1)

SixArmedJesus (513025) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136160)

Hmmmm... it would probably actually be during a "new earth".

Re:Full Moon on Moon? (4, Informative)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136180)

No, it would be a "new Earth", which happens from the moon's viewpoint when Earth sees a full moon. A full Earth, from the moon's viewpoint, would happen two weeks later when the moon is "new" and not in the tail at all. Since a "new Earth" and a "full moon" happen at the same time, the full moon reference is perfectly correct and makes more sense.

how convenient.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136696)

'Apollo astronauts never landed on a full moon and they never experienced the magnetotail.'

translation: they never landed on the moon period and merely orbited the earth..

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1376152848542315216&hl=en [google.com]

Re:how convenient.. (1)

Lijemo (740145) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137474)

The thing is-- It would have been a heck of a lot more difficult to successfully pull off a faked moon landing, and keep it secret (especially without the Soviets calling us on it quite loudly) than it was to actually go to the moon.

Silly (1)

Robert1 (513674) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136122)

"The ground, meanwhile, might leap into the sky. There's growing evidence that fine particles of moondust might actually float, ejected from the lunar surface by electrostatic repulsion. This could create a temporary nighttime atmosphere of dust ready to blacken spacesuits, clog machinery, scratch faceplates (moondust is very abrasive) and generally make life difficult for astronauts."

If this were the case, the entire moon's surface-particles floating above the planet 6 days each month, we would have already seen it. If not with naked eyes then with telescopes. We can see localized dust storms on Mars, I can only imagine what a planet-wide de-surfacing would look like. Ridiculous.

Ahem (4, Informative)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136186)

Just one example [nasa.gov] of what might go on that we can't see with regards to lunar dust storms. Took me all of a few seconds to find and there looks to be a lot more to read. Google is your friend.

Re:Silly (1)

Pete (big-pete) (253496) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136196)


If this were the case, the entire moon's surface-particles floating above the planet 6 days each month, we would have already seen it. If not with naked eyes then with telescopes. We can see localized dust storms on Mars, I can only imagine what a planet-wide de-surfacing would look like. Ridiculous.

Not only that - but moon-dust would be worn against itself, and would not be so abrasive, friction would have done it's work on the particles...

-- Pete.


Re:Silly (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136590)

I'm just amazed how all of the particles drop down into the exact same spots when they are done floating, and how they don't rub against each other causing erosion on the surface. Of course maybe we just can't tell with it being made out of green cheese and all.

Re:Silly (1)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136918)

So just spray some water on it, that will keep the dust down. :)

Fix from article (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136134)

"So far, this is pure speculation: no man has been on the moon" Fixed.

Re:Fix from article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136304)

I am glad that someone posted this.

Re:Fix from article (0, Offtopic)

tbcn (97808) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136338)

What's fun about that? I think it's really depressing and dissappointing to realize it was all a hoax in the first place.

I wonder if we'll ever go there.

Re:Fix from article (1)

phreakincool (975248) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136370)

The various races of aliens that live there don't want us there...they only want our souls.

Re:Fix from article (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136524)

"So far, this is pure speculation: no man has been on the moon" Fixed.
One reply seemed to take this seriously, not as a joke, so I'll bite too.

To believe that the moon landing never happened as per Fox documentary (oxymoron?) you would have to..

.. believe that Soviet and China was in on the conspiracy, at the height of the cold war when this was a major blow to them. They could easily have disproved a fake moon landing, and choose to let US revel in glory instead..?

.. believe that all the actual moon rock available to scientists and universities is... what?

That's just two Occams Razor points, not going into NASAs rebuttals [nasa.gov] against the so called photo evidence.

Re:Fix from article (0, Troll)

tbcn (97808) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137552)

The space race did cost _a lot_ of money, making the superpowers basically bankrupt. Maybe they just wanted to end it?

The Fox documentary was after all Fox, the channel of all lies, but not so long ago, NASA said they had misplaced/lost the original photos of the lunar landing. That's just too much.

Besides, the reason for the Vietnam war was fake, as for the Iraq war, so why would this be different?

what happened to tags? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136146)

Seriously, what happened to the tags that users were able to contribute in the past? Yes some people were submitting 30 character tags and abusing the system but that was short lived. It's a shame that Slashdot has become less interactive where user feedback and contributions are relegated to the ghetto of comments and paying $10-$20 for an accepted submission like Piquepaille and that Imaginary Property guy.

Re:what happened to tags? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136440)

Seriously, what happened to the tags that users were able to contribute in the past? Yes some people were submitting 30 character tags and abusing the system but that was short lived. It's a shame that Slashdot has become less interactive where user feedback and contributions are relegated to the ghetto of comments and paying $10-$20 for an accepted submission like Piquepaille and that Imaginary Property guy.
I don't see anything different from previous. The tags are there, and so is the small triangle, clicking on which opens the line where you can enter tags.

Not every month (4, Informative)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136168)

Actually, the moon doesn't pass through Earth's magnetotail every month-- the moon's orbit is inclined to the ecliptic, so some months the magnetotail passes north or south of the moon-- it depends on season and precession.

Re:Not every month (3, Informative)

spazdor (902907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136352)

Quite right. Otherwise there'd be a lunar and a solar eclipse every month.

Re:Not every month (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136428)

This is true only if the Earth's magnetotail has a small cross section, akin to its optical shadow. If the tail is rather broad, however, the moon's inclined orbit won't necessarily keep it out of the tail. Do you have specific data on this?

Re:Not every month (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136484)

The summary says "six days every month" which implies that the Moon is in it the magnetotail +/- 3 days around full moon, or that the magnetotail spans +/- 36 degrees. The Moon's inclination with the ecliptic is only 5 degrees which is not enough to make it pass North or South of the tail.

Re:Not every month (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136940)

You're wrong. The magnetotail is much wider than you think. Consider that it covers six days worth of lunar orbit (or 72 degrees). The inclination of the lunar orbit relative to the ecliptic is utterly insignificant in comparison.

Re:Not every month (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137434)

Even the most conservative estimate indicates the moon always passes through the magnetotail, because the earth's magnetotail is much larger than the earth's shadow. Here's my calculation. If I made a mistake, please correct me.

The Magnetotail is 20-25 Re(earth radii) across depending on season(minimum 10 Re in radius); much bigger than the shadow of the earth(2 Re). The moon's orbit is inclined 5% off the ecliptic(the plane of earth's orbit around the sun). The earth's magnetotail is essentially in this plane. The moon is at a distance of 405696 km at apogee (~60 Re). This means even at the point when the moon is furthest from the ecliptic plane (ie apogee is coaligned with the magnetotail) it will still fall inside the magnetotail.

60.24 * sin((5./180)*pi) = 5.25 Re < 10 Re

Thus, precession or no, the moon will always be in the magnetotail for at least part of each orbit. It would take extremely extraordinary(read: improbable) solar wind conditions to make the magnetotail thin to 5 Re.

People on the moon (1)

BklynRaised (916878) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136192)

this article should have read: Roland Piquepaille writes "Researchers working for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission have discovered that the Earth's magnetic tail could be harmful to future astronauts. The moon stays inside Earth's 'magnetotail' for six days every month â" during full moon. This can have consequences ranging from lunar 'dust storms' to strong electrostatic discharges, according to one researcher quoted by NASA in 'The Moon and the Magnetotail.' So far, this is pure speculation: no HUMAN has been on the moon when the magnetotail hits. As added the same scientist, 'Apollo astronauts never landed on a full moon and they never experienced the magnetotail.' But read more for additional details about how Earth's magnetotail could affect HUMANS on the moon."

Re:People on the moon (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136420)

You shut your whore mouth when men are talking.

And go make me a sammich.

Magneto Tail? (5, Funny)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136202)

Am I the only one who can't get past the image of the villain from X-Men? ;)

Re:Magneto Tail? (0, Flamebait)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137686)

Am I the only one who can't get past the image of the villain from X-Men? ;)
Probably. The majority here are guys, and we don't associate "tail" with "villain from X-Men."

Or if we do, we won't tell because that would be gay :P

Re:Magneto Tail? (1)

AaxelB (1034884) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137822)

Well, it might make sense to think of Polaris [wikipedia.org] , Magneto's daughter, who has the same powers as her father, green hair, and impressive tail.

Now we know. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136226)

But read more for additional details about how Earth's magnetotail could affect men on the moon."
That's why Jackie Gleason wanted to send ladies to the moon.

Re:Now we know. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136252)

Jackie Gleason was a wife beater, plain and simple.

Mental image: (2, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136254)

Crowd of corpulent Southerners at a Crawfish Tail Fry somewhere on the Redneck Rivera dropping trou' to moon a luxury liner passing by.

Re:Mental image: (1)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136788)

Mod parent up, I live in the South and know PLENTY of people who would do this in a heartbeat!

moot (5, Funny)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136396)

This is moot, as we all know they will not make it thought the Radiation Belt anyway.

Re:moot (2, Insightful)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136806)

lol, interesting? wtf? Oh, and by the way, the earth is flat. Yup, seriously.

Re:moot (1)

Jarjarthejedi (996957) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137378)

An interesting and an insightful, on two false theories. I really hope some moderator is just having fun...

Easily Fixed (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136410)

Valid use for tinfoil hats found at last.

Will it harm them? Only if they're real. (1)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136418)

Dude, visitors are real.

Safe Space Travel (3, Funny)

byronne (47527) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136422)

Alas, the days where one could travel to the moon in comfort and safety are behind us. Now it is nearly as hazardous as trying to merge onto 294.

Full Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136438)

Moon Police Officer #1: Looks like a full Earth tonight.
Moon Police Officer #2: Yup. All the crazies will be out for sure.

Giant, predictable magnetic distrubance? (5, Interesting)

toastee (132341) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136458)

Sounds like a great opportunity to harness the energy potential. this could very well be useful.

how about ISS? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136566)

why isn't the ISS affected by the "magnetic tail"? It has to pass trough it.

Simple Solution (4, Funny)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136612)

Imagine what it feels like to be a sock pulled crackling from a dryer. Astronauts on the moon during a magnetotail crossing might be able to tell you. Walking across the dusty charged-up lunar terrain, the astronauts themselves would gather a load of excess charge. Touching another astronaut, a doorknob, a piece of sensitive electronics -- any of these simple actions could produce an unwelcome discharge.

There's a simple solution to the excessive static discharge, all NASA needs to do is get a dryer sheet the size of Michigan. Plus, it would have the added bonus of being able to be used as a giant parachute, ala pre-school... think about how high you could bounce with that thing.

MegaMan (2, Funny)

kurtis25 (909650) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136692)

Didn't we defeat magnetotail back in MegaMan 3 using our Plasma Buster?

Roland the Plogger again (5, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136710)

It's Roland the Plogger, wrong as usual.

It's not like this is a newly discovered phenomenon. After all, there have been many unmanned moon landings and equipment has operated through the "magnetotail" many times. The USSR landed two lunar rovers, both of which worked for months. Lunokhod 1 was operational for 322 days, and Lunokhod 2 was operational for about four months. This was in the early 1970s.

Re:Roland the Plogger again (4, Funny)

Cecil (37810) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136960)

This was in the early 1970s.

See, there's your problem. The magnetotail wasn't so big back then, because of the ozone hole and global warming and oprah winfrey. Also, gnomes did it.

Re:Roland the Plogger again (1)

Jarjarthejedi (996957) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137384)

Oh yeah, you seen how much metal is in the average SUV? And all that magnetic energy isn't being blocked because we got rid of the Ozone which was regulating it. It's a danger to us all.

This has been an official message from the Anti Global-Magnetizing association. Always remember to buy cheap cars, since they have less metal in them.

Electrostatic discharge ? (5, Funny)

d3m0nCr4t (869332) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136758)

They are going to need one hell of a cable to earth that...

Magnetotail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137178)

Pfft. That's nothing.

You guys should witness the destruction in the wake of my roommate's burritotail...

plus 4, Tr0ll) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137544)

Mmmm floating cheese (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137604)

Sounds like a good thing to me, not only do you get a lovely platter at the end of your meal, but the thing floats above the plate. Talk about a light meal...

FRIST SSTOP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137638)

Syste8s. The Gay

Will the Earth's Tail Fry Moon Visitors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137896)

Will the Earth's Tail Fry Moon Visitors?

Is it a stretch to say I read:

Will the Earth's Soleil Moon Frye Visitors?

I mean her [amazon.com] .
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