"The Coronagraphic Instrument is an exoplanet hunter"
Shh, people won't buy it if you use Corona in the name.
NASA has renamed its forthcoming Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) after the agency’s first Chief of Astronomy, Nancy Grace Roman, who drove the Hubble project and pushed for a computing-based approach to sky scanning. The space telescope's new name, The Nancy Grace Roman Telescope, was unveiled by NASA …
So now we know who created the virus. It was NASA.
I was about to post the above on its own, but there are at least two possible pitfalls:
1. Someone will find the message with Google in the future, say "OMG, it all makes sense", and start sending this message to lots of people who have the same reaction, and it will be all be traced to me. Gulp.
2. Someone will find the message with Google, say "OMG, we're not going to employ this idiot / give this guy a visa".
So for the aforesaid people, this message is a joke. Laugh. Open your mouth and breath out in rapid pulses while making silly noises.
It is only fitting to have her name in the stars.
And it is a good thing that will remind people that, at every step of our advancement in knowledge since at least Ancient Greece (and probably before that), there has always been a woman somewhere developing ideas that no man had thought of before.
There has been Hypatia in Alexandrian times, of course Marie Curie, and there have been others but those are the two names that come to my mind right now.
I now know that Nancy Grace Roman is part of this pantheon without which Science would simply not be the same.
And Lise Meitner, who didn't get the Nobel despite being one of the most referenced nuclear chemists of her day. The Royal Society recognised her after WW2.
Wolfgang Pauli began his letter to the 1930 Tubingen conference with the words
In this case, quite a lot. I came across her when I got interested in astrophysics, and she was one of those people I'd love to have met. Quite a stellar career, especially I guess in a time where agencies were male dominated, especially on the bureaucratic side.. But she knew her stuff & got results.
It'll be interesting to see what comes out of these new projects. Dark matter is fascinating, and makes my head hurt. Physics says it should exist, and there's a lot of it, but where is it? Maybe we'll find out soon, but somehow I doubt I'll be able to buy a kilo from Amazon to use as a desk ornament.
Actually, I have a box full of dark matter for sale at a very reasonable €5000, just be aware that due to it's unusual nature, when you open the box, you won't be able to see it or feel it but if you keep it in its special box unopened it will make fine desk ornament and conversation piece.
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I have an even better deal .....
I have a box that is *made* of dark matter, held in a non-dark matter matix.
For fun and to demonstrate how well dark matter can hide in full view, it looks just like a normal 'Burger King' Burger box.
It includes authentic looking grease stains and lifelike Burger aroma.
Yours for $4990.99 inc postage/packing.
How do you get yours to stay put? Every time I collect some and put it in a box, it falls through the box straight to the Earth's core. I tried making the box out of dark matter, but the whole box fell through the table I set it on. So a table made of dark matter ought to do the trick, right?
I only wanted 1kg.
But will trade for instructions to construct the perfect* summoning circle.
*By 'perfect', I mean it'll summon a pizza, perfectly cooked**. Everyone likes pineapple, anchovy & banana, right?
**Back to science(ish)-
We may have spotted a parallel universe going backwards in time
Which confirms 2 things, one that the New Scientist needs to get better at fact-checking. The other that if instructions for the summoning circle aren't followed correctly, then pizza may become a perfectly uncooked brane transplant.
They report on speculative ideas all the time. I'm still waiting for evidence that our universe is shaped like a dodecahedron because of all the adjacent universes pressing up against it. (I can't even remember how many decades I've been waiting.)
... whenever she greeted him."
That's a f*cknuckle right there, even for the mid 20th century. Props to her for sticking it out despite the jerks like Morgan; sad this wasn't announced while she was still alive.
"Ivanka Trump Space Telescope"
Considering who the 'father' of the U.S. Space Farce is, I am now having nightmares about a future Declaration Class Starship being named the USS Trump.
I wouldn't mind them naming an Exo-planet after him, providing it's far far away.
The fact that it has an IR telescope to look for it implies they think it is bright but just in another part of the spectrum. Is it just another misnomer like dark side of the moon? Do they know they are going to see dark energy or do they need a new detector that can view negative frequencies.
The thing about dark energy is that it does your head in just as badly as solving Boltzman equations and finding that half of your RF sidebands are negative frequencies. Does that mean they go backwards intime and arrive at your reciever before you know you want to look for them? Maybe they will never see anything because all the dark energy being emitted now has already zipped past us billions of years ago.
No, they're not saying that. What they're going to look for is what it's expected to do, not it itself. In particular they're going to look for three things
And you want an IR telescope to look at very distant things because most of the visible light is red-shifted to the IR because the recession velocity is so great.
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