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Vote On What the Very Large Telescope Observes

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the i-nominate-kepler-exoplanet-candidate-ID-11192141 dept.

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arisvega writes "The Slashdot crowd may be aware of VLT, the Very Large Telescope array (a collaboration between several European countries). It's located at the Atacama desert in Chile, operating at the visible and infrared wavelengths and producing some very detailed images and exciting new science. It has been significantly boosting astronomy and astrophysics research for the past couple of years without the hassle and the expenses of orbital observatories. Now, and for the first time in its history, there is a public invitation calling you to vote on which of the 16 proposed locations you would like the array to be pointed at, without the need for a scientific proposal. Astronomers are standing by to do your bidding!"

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My Next door neighbor! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992183)

That way I dont look creepy looking through mine any more :-)

Re:My Next door neighbor! (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year and a half ago | (#40992315)

Your neighbor is not that important

Methinks the Very Large Telescope should be used to observe the following:

1. The Second Coming of Jesus (maybe this time He is coming on a flying saucer or something like that)

2. ET - and maybe this time the ET knows how to use mobile phone to "call home"

Re:My Next door neighbor! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992447)

Then perhaps Barbara Steisand's beachfront property.

But where is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992701)

Cowboy Neal option?

Re:My Next door neighbor! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40998077)

I guess I was wrong. I thought the very first suggestion would be Natalie Portman's house.

Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992187)

No contest.

Defeating the Obama is to be the most celebrating event of the last 100 years!

W00t!

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (-1, Troll)

Ryanrule (1657199) | about a year and a half ago | (#40992225)

woot? you are not one of us

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992491)

Us? Who died and left you boss?

Are you the internet maximum-leader?

I stand in awe.

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (0)

bky1701 (979071) | about a year and a half ago | (#40992567)

Just ignore the trolls. I know there are a lot of them lately. Slashdot's moderation system seems to have been co-opted by sockpuppets, but that's no excuse to feed ones at -1.

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992955)

So Romney supporters are trolls then?

See you in November chump.

Remember, this is a very important election, so important they are extending voting by one day. All Republicans vote in Tue the 6th, Democrats are to vote on Wed the 7th.

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about a year and a half ago | (#40993379)

Give us a little credit, Mr. Limbaugh we know you're not that old!

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40995207)

Oh isn't that cute, you see he equates anyone who doesn't toe the party line, who doesn't vote D all the way down, who doesn't believe the Obama deserved that Nobel prize for doing nothing, that the sea levels are going to drop because Obama says so, with Rush Limbaugh.

So clever.

See, I can do it too.

Hey Mrs. O'Brien you aren't parroting the DNC talking points memo fast enough.

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40995497)

See, I can do it too.

No, apparently you can't. But don't worry, you're not the only one [wikipedia.org] :)

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about a year and a half ago | (#40997643)

I like how you try to distance yourself from Rush, yet for the second time, you spout his nonsense almost verbatim. Good little sheep.

Re:Romney/Ryan/Constitution Victory Speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40997817)

I like you you spout media matters talking points like an idiot drone.

You are boring me, thanks for playing.

Insert obligatory Uranus joke here (2)

MSRedfox (1043112) | about a year and a half ago | (#40992209)

Insert obligatory Uranus joke here...

Re:Insert obligatory Uranus joke here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40995101)

Uranus is the size of a planet...

Fortunately (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992309)

my ass isn't one of them.

Washington? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992357)

N/A

Not an observation with the Array (2)

ogre7299 (229737) | about a year and a half ago | (#40992445)

The target will not be observed with the array of four telescopes, rather just one of the telescopes will do the observation. Taking data simultaneously with all four telescopes is a tricky procedure and yields data, while extremely useful scienfically, it's very different from the pretty pictures that this contest is after.

Magellanic Cloud and Eta Carinae (5, Interesting)

djl4570 (801529) | about a year and a half ago | (#40992463)

The facility is in the southern hemisphere so the Magellanic Clouds are observable.
Compile monthly or weekly observations of Eta Carinae that can be edited into a video or slideshow.

Here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992517)

We're still looking for that intelligent life.

Point it at Hubble (5, Funny)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | about a year and a half ago | (#40992529)

Part staring contest, part engineering contest.

Re:Point it at Hubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40994423)

DUDE, don't cross the visibility beams!
You'll wreck EVERYTHING!

Thor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992551)

Who would have thought that the only one listed with any type of recognizable name, has the most votes.

If you could hie to Kolob. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992631)

Let's try to find that mystery planet near the star Kolob.

Should ask 12 year olds on Xbox Live (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992785)

And as a 12 year old on Xbox Live I believe I've found the source of dark matter in the universe, which is also known as your mom.

Recipe for bad decisions (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40992831)

Asking me to vote on targets for a multibillion dollar telescope is like asking me to vote on whether a new bridge should have six lanes or eight. Case in point: California. Each election, dozens of issues are put up for public vote. Result: crappy short-sighted decisions. We vote for representatives and we hire experts to weigh the issues and make informed choices.

Re:Recipe for bad decisions (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40993507)

It is more like voting on the name of the new bridge, not the design specs. This is to get the public interested in the project, not to resolve disputes over time sharing between serious research. The experts already weighed in on deciding how much time to allocate to this and what targets to choose from. This would only go wrong if they screwed up bad enough that it would be the equivalent of a bridge's name plate being load bearing and allowing the length of the name to impact structural integrity.

Make sure the Mars Rover isn't stuck (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40993015)

On the waiting to activate iPhone screen.

Re:Make sure the Mars Rover isn't stuck (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about a year and a half ago | (#40993371)

Actually last fall they released a new version of the OS. The Rover doesn't need to be plugged into iTunes anymore.

Porn! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40993081)

The moon landing sites, spy satellites of foreign countries, some random nearly dark body, voyager 1 and 2.

And via a reflector some hot chick on Earth.

JJ

How do they expect ... (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | about a year and a half ago | (#40993219)

... me to participate in a poll without the CowboyNeal option?

Re:How do they expect ... (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about a year and a half ago | (#40993683)

All of the observations will be of Cowboy Neal.

The voting is just on where to send him first.

easy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40993705)

the FP's cock.. it is the only way we will find it

Why the moon offcourse ... (1)

giorgist (1208992) | about a year and a half ago | (#40993891)

That way we can prove once and for all that NASA never ...

Re:Why the moon offcourse ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40994341)

Mod parent up!!

Re:Why the moon offcourse ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41000445)

The moon is off course?!? This sounds like a WAY bigger problem than trying to figure out what to point the VLT at...

Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40994245)

before Soviet Russia observes YOU!

IMNAA (1)

symes (835608) | about a year and a half ago | (#40994929)

I know nothing about how these things work, but I do like nice pictures. Some of the most facinating I've seen recently are of the surface of the sun - can we get some more of these?

Re:IMNAA (1)

the_other_chewey (1119125) | about a year and a half ago | (#40999065)

No. The VLT's telescopes are machines very carefully designed to be able to detect the faintest amounts of light possible. Pointing them at the sun would result in zero pictures and be followed by a Very Large Repair, essentially rebuilding everything that isn't the static support structure or the mirrors (and I'm not even sure about the mirrors).

Science is not determined by (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40995263)

popular vote.

Observe Nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40996685)

Pick a region in space that has nothing and see how far into space we can see until nothing becomes millions of young galaxies.

Planet X (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40996809)

Let's point it at Niburu since Google Sky has deleted the whole area.

Ringworld (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#40997419)

OR the Puppeteer's Rosette; I'm not picky.

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