DailyDirt: Curiosities In Space

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The universe is filled with unsolved mysteries and phenomena that we haven't quite figured out how to explain. It's these unanswered questions that drive science and technology forward as people try to work out how the universe operates -- and we need to build more precise and accurate instruments in order to even attempt to determine what's really going on. Here are just a few curiosities in the universe that are worth exploring a bit more. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2014 @ 8:04pm

    what the..?

    SSMS j031300.362670839.3 is the name of a star??? What kind of crazy naming system is that?

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 20th, 2014 @ 8:33pm

    Re: what the..?

    I think it stands for something like “SkyMapper Star Survey”.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Feb 21st, 2014 @ 4:16am

    "It's these unanswered questions that drive science and technology forward..."

    And here I thought it was due to patents and copyright.

     

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    Pixelation, Feb 21st, 2014 @ 8:17am

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    "And here I thought it was due to patents and copyright."

    No one would have invented telescopes or started looking at stars without patents. It just wouldn't happen.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Feb 21st, 2014 @ 10:55am

    Re: what the..?

    When you have millions of stars to name, sooner or later you're going to have to start just numbering them instead.

     

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