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swans
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July 23, 2013 4:13 am  

Good evening everyone,

While we await ISS's return in early August over the Virgin Islands - which I'll post as the dates near - I thought you might be interested in a few possibly challenging questions about phenomena in our universe: Ready?

1. Defined as "Master of the Universe" what phenomenon not only can bend light, but is responsible for holding everything in the universe together, including all of the galaxies? (Note: it is not gravity and is not the black hole(s))

2. In what state of matter is Glass?

3.Which planet in our solar system has metallic snow?

4. Fifty trillion of these non-reactive particles emitted by the sun pass through your body every second. What are they?

5.What is the deadliest creature to man that resides in Earth's oceans.

Good luck!
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July 23, 2013 10:21 am  

I'll take a stab at it:
#1--dark matter? I didn't think that quantum physics had discovered the universal particle holding things together yet...
#2--glass is neither liquid nor solid; it is somewhere between an amorphous solid and a supercooled liquid.
#5-- Box jellyfish?


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July 23, 2013 11:08 am  

Your back!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so Happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#1 dark matter
#2 amorphous solid without crystalline structure. (jammed matter)
#3 Venus
#4 Neutrinos
#5 box jelly or sea wasp

Welcome back Swan. We have missed you!

Tam


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July 23, 2013 11:47 am  

swans: As an aside- are we going to be able to see the new comet here this fall?? Hale-Bopp was so cool, I'm hoping for another...


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swans
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July 23, 2013 1:18 pm  

swans: As an aside- are we going to be able to see the new comet here this fall?? Hale-Bopp was so cool, I'm hoping for another...

http://www.space.com/20075-comets-pan-starrs-ison-2013-stargazing.html

Hi East Ender,
Predictions seem to think this comet will be spectacular to view because it is to fly about 1.2 million miles from the sun, which will cause an amazing vaporization of its tail. We can watch it from October through January. We also have our yearly meteorite showers coming up too!
Who could ask for more, huh?
Swan


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July 23, 2013 2:18 pm  

Swan

Welcome back!!! 🙂


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swans
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July 23, 2013 2:50 pm  

Swan

Welcome back!!! 🙂

Beachcomber and Tam: Thank you for your kind and warm welcome. It is so nice to be back "home." I missed all of you - the beautiful people of the beautiful US Virgin Islands.

Swan


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July 23, 2013 4:30 pm  

1. I don't know but it better not be Jupiter. I hate Jupiter!

Welcome back, Swanny 🙂


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July 23, 2013 4:58 pm  

1. I don't know but it better not be Jupiter. I hate Jupiter!

Welcome back, Swanny 🙂

Hi there Aussie.
Are you STILL whining and complaining about Jupiter? By the way, it has now been determined that "she" doesn't have 63 moons; "She" has 67 moons! I simply KNEW how thrilled you would be in hearing that great news about your Jupiter and her wee solar system!:D

Swan


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July 23, 2013 5:05 pm  

Gluttonous gasbag! Those were MY asteroids! big ornery grin


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swans
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July 23, 2013 5:14 pm  

Your back!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so Happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#1 dark matter
#2 amorphous solid without crystalline structure. (jammed matter)
#3 Venus
#4 Neutrinos
#5 box jelly or sea wasp

Welcome back Swan. We have missed you!

Tam

Hi everyone,

Tami's answers are correct for all the questions. Good going!

Swan


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swans
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July 23, 2013 9:11 pm  

OK everyone, another round?

1. Which of Saturn's moons is responsible for replenishing the outermost ring of the planet?

2. Gravity is a force: True or False.

3. A Neutron Star's gravity is a mindstaggering 100 thousand million times greater than that of Earth's gravity - Why?

4. The "Big Bang" - NOTHING existed in the universe before the Big Bang... not even a trillionth of a second beforehand...NOTHING!: If this is true, then WHAT went BANG?

No doubt you will solve these in a heartbeat...enjoy!

Swan


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dougtamjj
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July 23, 2013 11:16 pm  

Well stxem beat me on 3 of the questions and she probably knew them off the top of her head. My only claim to fame is that I am good at researching. LOL! Thanks for the questions Swan. Our family has such a good time trying to be the first to find the answers.


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July 23, 2013 11:54 pm  

Welcome back Swans. You were missed.


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swans
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July 24, 2013 12:36 am  

Welcome back Swans. You were missed.

Thanks so much, Ric. I appreciate your kind and thoughtful words.
Swan


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July 24, 2013 11:00 am  

#1 Enceladus
#2 true
#3 because of it's density
#4 I think "big bang" is just a theory.


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July 24, 2013 1:06 pm  

Good Morning all,

I subscribe to the theory, that the big bang was just a worm hole form another universe. Or a far reaching section of our own universe. And that this has been happening for an infinate ammount of time. How it all started? We may never know.

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July 25, 2013 1:07 pm  

relativity is just a theory also.. so is "dark mater"

stating these questions as absolutes is a bit misleading IMO...

we could consider them the best widely accepted "guesses" at this time.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?


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July 25, 2013 9:55 pm  

OK everyone, another round?

1. Which of Saturn's moons is responsible for replenishing the outermost ring of the planet?

2. Gravity is a force: True or False.

3. A Neutron Star's gravity is a mindstaggering 100 thousand million times greater than that of Earth's gravity - Why?

4. The "Big Bang" - NOTHING existed in the universe before the Big Bang... not even a trillionth of a second beforehand...NOTHING!: If this is true, then WHAT went BANG?

No doubt you will solve these in a heartbeat...enjoy!

Swan

Good going everyone:
1. Little Enceladus.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/science/moons/enceladus/enceladusfeedring/

3. The neutron star, formed from a supernovae, collapses in on itself such that even the atoms themselves are smashed together - consequently, there is no space, even between the atoms that existed. This density is enormous. Scientists have speculated that everything in the universe is 99% or so "space."

2. Gravity. Is it a force?
http://www.einsteins-theory-of-relativity-4engineers.com/what-is-gravity.html

Perhaps yes; perhaps no, depending on which theories (or hypotheses) one subscribes to: Newton, yes. Einstein, no. And science finds glitches with both. Newton viewed gravity as a force pulling all things together; Einstein viewed gravity from the perspective that it is a warping or curving of 'spacetime.' - An object moves in a straight line; in General Relativity, Mass warps 'spacetime' and the "force" one feels is merely a warping of that 'spacetime.'

One note: ISS (Petit) conducted a wee experiment in "0" gravity: He witnessed the "clumping together" of small particles (salt, sugar, etc)
in zero gravity. These particles may have resembled the so-called "dust" that eventually came together and formed that which is in the universe. Another hypothesis.

4. The Big Bang: We may never know the answer. Some in the scientific community feel that "nothing" went "Bang." It just happened. Others turn toward a "string theory," but that would mean that the "string(s)" would exist or have to exist before the "BANG." Then there are others who lean toward our friendly "Gamma Ray Burst." If that is the case, then the Big Bang occurs two to three times a day in our own universe. Today. What could that mean? Yes...the collapse of a giant star (that also would have existed before the Bang.)

Regardless, it's fun to think about science, isn't it?

Many thanks to everyone (including the PMs!)
Swan


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VT2VI
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July 26, 2013 12:40 pm  

Good morning all!

Science is awesome! Too bad schools are shying away from it, in favor of teaching kids how to use an iPad. At least in our area thats whats happening. My oldest boy (8), loves the weather. He always updates the class on the current weather in the area and around the world. He particularly loves the carribean and tracking all the storms during the season. His teacher last year, after a few months of him updating everyday. Decided to start a weather club and in school weather channel. So now if the kids would prefer that to iPad time, they can do that instead.
Like I said, schools need to get back to science etc.... The world around us is enough to dumb down our kids, we don't need the schools doing it for them.

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swans
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July 27, 2013 6:14 pm  

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2013/07/27/melting-polar-ice-cap-created-a-lake-on-top-of-the-world/

G'day everyone,

A board member sent this very interesting article to me and I thought I would like to share it with you. Enjoy.
Swan


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swans
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July 29, 2013 2:37 am  

G'evening everyone,

Perhaps you would like to relax and take a journey through our universe.
Enjoy!
Swan


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East Ender
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July 29, 2013 9:09 pm  

Very cool Swans, thanks!


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dougtamjj
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July 29, 2013 11:11 pm  

Thanks Swan. That was an excellent video. Ok, we are ready for more science questions!


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July 30, 2013 2:17 pm  

Swans

Here is an article that I came across that might be interesting to folks who have an interest in Stargazing. Enjoy…….

http://americanprofile.com/articles/stargazing/

Plus here is a YouTube video from a departing Space Station Commander........[this one is for JJ even if he saw it before].... You get a complete tour of the Space Station.


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