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tails (1)

rish87 (2460742) | more than 2 years ago | (#38463548)

That's tails plural. one for dust, one for gas ;)

Re:tails (5, Funny)

localman57 (1340533) | more than 2 years ago | (#38463708)

That's tails plural. one for dust, one for gas ;)

yeah. Also, what's with the elipsis (...) ? As in ... From Space? I mean, that's kind of what you expect, right? I mean, he's a god-damn astronaut. If you wrote a headline that says Astronaut Takes Picture ... From The Sea Floor, that might require an elipsis. Or maybe "Plumber Takes Picture ... From Space " that would be cool. Or maybe even if it was something you wouldn't expect an astronaut to do. Like "Astronaut helps Stranded Motorist Change Tire ... From Space." I can see that. But I just don't get the use of ... here. I mean even that crazy chick astronaut who had a car full of duct tape and pepper spray didn't get an ... in her headlines.

Cool picture, though.

Re:tails (0, Offtopic)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38463902)

That's tails plural. one for dust, one for gas ;)

yeah. Also, what's with the elipsis (...) ? As in ... From Space? I mean, that's kind of what you expect, right? I mean, he's a god-damn astronaut. If you wrote a headline that says Astronaut Takes Picture ... From The Sea Floor, that might require an elipsis. Or maybe "Plumber Takes Picture ... From Space " that would be cool. Or maybe even if it was something you wouldn't expect an astronaut to do. Like "Astronaut helps Stranded Motorist Change Tire ... From Space." I can see that. But I just don't get the use of ... here. I mean even that crazy chick astronaut who had a car full of duct tape and pepper spray didn't get an ... in her headlines.

Cool picture, though.

The ... give /. its only sense of ... drama! (Ha! One better, I used italics!)

Yeah, not thinking this was astronaut on training at the bottom of a pool or in a flight simulator.

Re:tails (2)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#38464696)

yeah. Also, what's with the elipsis (...) ? As in ... From Space? I mean, that's kind of what you expect, right? I mean, he's a god-damn astronaut.

Astronauts spend far more time on earth than from space, so I think the "from space" is warranted, especially since I'd be really disappointed if the headline read "Astronaut takes picture of comet" and it was a picture he took from his hotel room in Florida.

Re:tails (2)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 2 years ago | (#38465372)

Exactly. You'd be disappointed because you would expect it to be a photo from space, showing that there is no need for the ellipsis and qualifier.

Re:tails (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38465862)

Except there would be no reason to specify that the picture was taken by an astronaut otherwise. Now something like "Astronomer Photographs Comet Lovejoy ... From Space" might work, but even that is kind of dull because the subject is ... in space and we have plenty of sensor platforms ... in space. You would have to dial it back to something like "high school student" to make it really interesting, though in that case everyone would probably assume that it was with a camera lifted by a weather balloon, which, while a challenging platform to get such a photograph from, would not technically be in space (as the first hundred or so commentors would remind everyone). So yeah, it's best to stick with "Astronaut Photographs Comet Lovejoy From Space" and not try to be clever ... for science!

Re:tails (3, Funny)

ultramk (470198) | more than 2 years ago | (#38465860)

Have you considered switching to a nice, soothing herbal tea? ;-)

Re:tails (4, Informative)

pz (113803) | more than 2 years ago | (#38463714)

You mean one for electrically charged stuff, and one for electrically neutral stuff, no? Sure, yea, that ends up mostly being ionized gas vs dust, but the reason there are two is because one is affected by the solar magnetic field in the guise of the solar wind, and one isn't.

Oh, okay, I used Google. We're both wrong. There are three tails, as shown in the figure here http://www.astronomycafe.net/qadir/q2805.html [astronomycafe.net] --- one for ionized gas, one for neutral gas (hydrogen, apparently), and one for dust.

Re:tails (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38464098)

That's tails plural. one for dust, one for gas ;)

Or as I call them, the girlfriend, and the wife.

Re:tails (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 2 years ago | (#38464276)

True, but in the picture it's practically one tail.

Re:tails (3, Interesting)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#38464356)

So it's plural for a horse's tail? One for bone, one for muscle, one for hair?

Pics (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38463596)

or it didn't happen.

Sure is slingshot around the sun (1)

Tekfactory (937086) | more than 2 years ago | (#38463752)

but did they travel through time?

Re:Sure is slingshot around the sun (2)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#38464998)

Of course they did. They travelled a full day in only 24 hours.

Re:Sure is slingshot around the sun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38465096)

Yes, and picked up a couple of whales on the way out.

Light pollution (2)

burning-toast (925667) | more than 2 years ago | (#38463754)

That's an amazing photo. And just seeing the stars in the background makes me really jealous (I'm in a suburb of a very large city, so I can barely see the major constellations even). Light Pollution [wikipedia.org] for the loss.

- Toast

Re:Light pollution (2)

cavreader (1903280) | more than 2 years ago | (#38464052)

I remember my first time in the remote desert of Arizona and looking up at what I thought was some kind fuzzy haze but then realized it was just the stars. It was very impressive.

Re:Light pollution (1)

kermidge (2221646) | more than 2 years ago | (#38464148)

A great photo indeed, saved it.

Living in even a smaller city, circa 50,000, not being able to see the night sky is something that's annoyed me for decades. Yet, for various reasons, I'm kinda stuck with it.

Awesome picture (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38463860)

We have some astronomers in our club who are now able to take some pretty astounding photographs, thanks to dropping prices and advances in image capture technology. My best, so far was a comet at sunset, nothing like this though.

Don't scroll to the bottom of the page, unless you want to think even less of the site, however. Geez.

Amazing pic (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | more than 2 years ago | (#38463988)

I'm usually amazed with the pictures amateur astronomers can take. The equipment that is needed in many cases is astounding too, especially in regards to cost. In this case the camera and optics are probably very reasonable. But the cost of the camera mount, observatory and shipping are several orders of magnitude greater.

Re:Amazing pic (2)

chromas (1085949) | more than 2 years ago | (#38465376)

These costs—would you say they're...astronomical?

... [dramatic pause] From space! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38464104)

This reminds me of the old adage:

"Dog bites man" is not newsworthy. "Man bites dog" is.

Not to say that the pic (which I haven't seen) isn't worthy of slashdot, just that the headline made me go "Well, duh.".

IMO, the headline would have been better without the "..."

That leads me to a less mainstream (I think) idea I have about headlines, though: The word astronaut is kind of redundant in this headline, isn't it? Are any other people in space? It would be more informative if it told something else than the obvious about the person, like, for example "brunette photographs comet from space" or "vegetarian", "father of two" or whatever.

I thought of this because it reminds me of recently seeing a few headlines like "Thieves break in to ..." and the like, when a less redundant and also more descriptive and fair headline might have been "Lifelong sufferers of systemic discrimination break in to...".

Then, when some reckless relatively richer people basejump illegally from a tall building, "Adventurers jump from ...", not "Criminals jump from ..." or "Endangerers of public safety jump from..."

This reminds me tangentially of that song, that sloppily translates into something like the following:

"
They have the money and the power
and the guns and the batons
and the poison that flows from the printing presses
and the justice system and the prisons.

You, worker, only have your unarmed hands
They fear your hands, worker, when you clench them into a fist
"
et cetera

So, all this does of course bring to mind that episode of the Simpsons, you know, where grandpa tells the story about having an onion tied to his belt.

go47 (-1)

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Halo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38464352)

Isn't that 343 Guilty Spark landing on installation 04?

No, that is the star ship Destiny. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38464478)

It just needed to refuel.

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