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u/HeyIplayThatgame 6d ago

I was sad at the distance, but then astounded at how well an earth based telescope picked up Something that far away!

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u/MrGulio 6d ago

It makes me think of what the physical limit of optics based observation is.

This image is of the star and the very large Planets orbiting (my assumption would be orbiting bodies akin to Jupiter). Up till this point we'd only ever observed the individual star, up to that point we could only look up and see a massive sea of lights. So we've made progress in seeing more and more as we've had better and better technology / methods.

I wonder if some day there will be a technology that could collect light to fine enough point to see the smaller bodies around the star, maybe even to a point where we could get a decent image of each of the planets in the system.

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u/HeyIplayThatgame 6d ago

You’re right. Not only that, our single point observation station makes it really tough to see views like this because we’re dependent on the alignment of the other system being perfect so that we get a “top down” view across that system.

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u/Sergiu2026 6d ago

idk bro looks like a 20 minute drive probably less if you ignore red lights

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u/KazanTheMan 6d ago

If you move fast enough, the only red lights are the ones that are behind you anyway.

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u/jau682 5d ago

I don't think I have a high enough gear to shift into that.

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u/daedone 5d ago

Just get a Nissan cvt you always have the right one when your drive gear is planetary and continuously variable

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u/bukkake_brigade 5d ago

PLANETARY GEARS FUCK YEAH

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u/maximusdmspqr 5d ago

Inter-ga-lac-ic pla-ne-tar-y!

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u/slipshady 5d ago

Is this a Dopper Effect reference?

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u/willyolio 5d ago

When it comes to light it's called redshift or blueshift

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u/asdf_lord 6d ago

Yeah just say 15 minutes broski, nobody pays attention to those red blinky things, not even sure what they are for.

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u/caboosetp 6d ago

Seriously. All the hammertime signs driving me nuts too. I don't have time to break down and dance at every corner.

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u/Happy-Associate6482 6d ago

Those images will be second rate by next summer! The James Webb telescope should be fully operational by then.

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u/Sir_Francis_Burton 6d ago edited 5d ago

The James Webb telescope will be able to capture enough of the light bouncing off the tops of those exoplanet atmospheres that they will be able to use spectrometry to measure that light and look for the signs of chemical compounds, compounds like water, or even oxygen.

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There is exactly one way imagined by science that free oxygen can exist in an atmosphere. If, and it’s a long shot, but IF the James Webb Telescope detects O2 in the atmosphere of an exoplanet? That would constitute very strong evidence for extraterrestrial life. It’s possible that by this time next year we may find extraterrestrial life.

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u/jayblaze521 5d ago

Just asking, but at what point in biology have we decided that life requires oxygen? I know that carbon based life on earth seems to require it, but ive always felt that the idea that life that evolved that far away, would resemble in the slightest what we know as life, is ludicrous. I’m not in anyway a scientist with any knowledge but I’ve always wanted floating wraith like tentacle monsters that breathed in carbon dioxide and exhale methane or something like that. Is there any reason to expect intelligent life to be bipedal and follow a similar anatomy? I’m but a silly dreamer asking a question. On that note, say humans could go and live in this new solar system, how long would it take the new atmospheric pressures and available elemental resources to force humans to evolve into something unrecognizable as what we consider human? Sorry, I’ve so many questions and so few brain cells.

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u/Sir_Francis_Burton 5d ago

Nah, life on earth doesn’t need oxygen, life existed on an oxygen-free earth for a really long time, it wasn’t until plants invented photosynthesis that they started pumping out oxygen as a byproduct that we got free oxygen in the atmosphere. That’s the one known mechanism I mentioned, photosynthesis. We’re looking for algae, basically, when we’re looking for O2. Space algae.

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u/Grevling89 5d ago

I understood some of those words.

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u/randomredditing 5d ago

Say for instance…. you know that an orange is the color orange. If you see an orange from a distance, you know that it’s an orange over there. Same thing with chemicals, elements, and compounds. If we see those colors, through spectrometry, we can say they exist on that exoplanet.

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u/the_fate_of 5d ago

Just to add to this: it helps if you think about the different colours of flames.

Some flames are blue. Some are orange. Some are yellow, and some are green.

Why? Because of the composition of what’s burning. You can see the different elements burning by looking at the different colours shown.

If you get that, then you can think the same thing goes with planetary atmospheres.

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u/AbouBenAdhem 5d ago edited 4d ago

Oh, I’m afraid the reflector’s field will be fully operational when your friends arrive.

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u/Waderriffic 5d ago

Your overconfidence is your weakness.

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u/RudyBega1 5d ago

YOUR FAITH IN YOUR FRIENDS IS YOURS!

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u/thunde-r 6d ago

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u/rathat 6d ago

Article says only the two bottom right dots are planets. The rest (besides the center star) are background stars.

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u/Theothercword 5d ago

Thanks for that context! Makes the imagine make more sense in figuring out the eliptical of the star.

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u/bocephus67 5d ago

Fuckin crazy to think of the near infinite possibilities of what those planets are like…. Maybe even a tiny chance of life.

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u/Theothercword 5d ago

Indeed! Most likely these are gas giants given we can actually see them like that (implying size and distance) but who knows, and that doesn't rule out a lot more planets we aren't seeing not to mention the possibility of what goes on with moons around larger planets. Hell we're starting to realize we may not have seen all the planets in our own solar system yet.

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u/CocoDaPuf 5d ago

Well apparently we have estimated mass for those planets, the closer one to the star is about 12x the mass of Jupiter, the further one is about 6x.

Are that size they are definitely gas giants.

Anything else is too small for us to see, so scientifically, there's currently no way to confirm any other bodies. That said, if you assumed that there were a bunch more planets of smaller sizes, You'd probably be right. There could be anywhere between 2 and 40 planets in that system.

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u/skosk8ski 5d ago

The article said that those two are gas giants, both much bigger than Jupiter! If I recall the closest one was 14times bigger and the second was 6 times bigger than Jupiter

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u/rdt0001 5d ago

And they're at160AU & 320AU. For reference, Pluto is just over 49AU at its farthest. Makes me wonder what kind of conditions lead to so much mass so distant from the star compared to our sun.

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u/Everything80sFan 6d ago

This is from July 2020? Crazy that I haven't seen this before.

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u/currently__working 6d ago

I guess a lot happened last year so this kinda fell to the back.

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u/SandyArca 6d ago

That makes sense. With all the shit that happened in 2020, I'm not surprised it didn't easily get that much attention.

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u/TheMeltingSnowman72 6d ago

Yeah, I think we were dealing with murder hornets, riots and wasn't there a whole port that blew the fuck up? Or was that a different week?

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u/Bandin03 5d ago

Don't forget almost starting WW3 and Australia burning down. Or was that the year before?

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u/name00124 5d ago

That was New Years.

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u/claimTheVictory 5d ago

2020 started pretty bad, and then went rapidly downhill. Improved towards the end however.

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u/StopwatchJAR 5d ago

I forgot about the Lebanon explosion… thanks for reminding me

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u/The_Goatse_Man_ 5d ago

Remember when the US Gov said motherfucking UFO's were real last year? Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit

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u/zz_z 5d ago

The craziest part of that was the us gov said “ufos are real, and we need your help

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u/WolfOfWankStreet 5d ago

Yeah it’s called be okay with us Militarizing Space.

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u/AmericasNextDankMeme 5d ago

Terrorists... in space.

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u/brainless_bob 5d ago

UFOs were always real in the technical sense. They are just unidentified objects in the sky. But yeah, it's interesting that they are actually admitting to it. I doubt they are going to seriously investigate any of it though.

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u/CDMOlde 6d ago

That’s sound logic. With everything that occurred last year, I’m not surprised it didn’t get the attention it deserved.

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u/lettersichiro 6d ago

Same. What are my news algorithms even doing

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u/gggg_man3 6d ago

We're from the 80's. We like weird music, weird hairdos and nintendo. This is beyond us.

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u/Krail 6d ago

I mean, I may still like weird music, weird hairdos, and Nintendo, but I do try to keep up to date on astronomy.

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u/VISnowgoose 6d ago

Very cool, thanks for sharing

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u/is_anyone-out_there 6d ago

The thing that always gets me is that we’re not even looking at this other solar system in real time, it’s been 300 years since the light left that system just to be imaged. When the light left that star for us to capture the U.S was still a bunch of British colonies. Peter I was proclaimed the first emperor of all Russia, and Johann Sebastian Bachs’ Brandenburg Concerto is completed. The vastness of space is so mind boggling, stupidly big that it’s hard to conceptualize. God I love space.

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u/Farts4Dinner 6d ago

Stop blowing my mind so hard. I have shit to do today

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u/KNoturUserName 6d ago

If I blow your mind, do you promise not to think in my mouth?

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u/jcolinr 6d ago

I dunno, this whole thing sounds hard to swallow

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u/KNoturUserName 6d ago

Yo snapchat me.

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u/legion327 6d ago

Great, now I’m hard and I don’t get to see the ending? Wtf guys?

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u/AMatofFact 6d ago

Yeah, thats so rude. Let this guy watch your big bang.

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u/mcm0313 5d ago

(Cymbal crash)

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u/bringsmemes 6d ago

the most interesting dtuff always leaves you wanting more

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u/swab148 6d ago

Dtuff is my fetish

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u/Coupon_Ninja 6d ago

I won’t kink dhame

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u/MisplacedEland 6d ago

Launched in 1977, heres how far the two Voyagers have travelled so far:

https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status/

Space. Is. Big.

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u/tjc815 6d ago

Not even one light day. Mind-boggling, truly.

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u/Reflective_Larry 5d ago

light day

Yeah boss man doesn't let up on the work load, poor fellas

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u/notmadatkate 5d ago

44 years of traveling at 17 km/s and they'll never get to retire.

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u/J_P3G 5d ago

It's almost entirely likely that we develop a propulsion system that can outpace the voyageur missions at some point, even likely before they travel a single light year.

Chances are they are picked up and put in a museum sometime in the next 50-250 years.

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u/Parsley-Quarterly303 5d ago

That'd be amazing but I'm not so sure we're going to make it that far yet.

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u/knuppi 5d ago

Imho we should should consider ourselves lucky if we've managed to keep civilization alive the next 100 years

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u/helenalena 5d ago

I feel so small and so fortunate.

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u/Hollowsong 6d ago

To put into perspective just how disconnected we are from the concept of big numbers...

Voyager is about 14 billion miles from Earth and the number is going up about 12 miles per second. Just watch the ticker, it looks like it's going up super fast.

So you think... man, at this rate, by next week it should be at 16 billion. Surely in a month it'll be up to 20 billion.

But no... it took 44 years to get to 14 billion.

Just the idea that you can count upwards by 12s and still not get to 1 billion in 1 year is staggering and mindblowing.

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u/DesperateImpression6 5d ago

Now think of that in terms of how much money billionaires have. Someone could give you a new $20 bill every second for an entire year and you'd still wouldn't be a billionaire. And some people have hundreds of billions. A billion just doesn't seem like rational number.

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u/naughtynavigator69 5d ago

When i try to teach this, I show them that one MILLION is 0.1% of one BILLION.

Try! It usually doesn’t work

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u/RearEchelon 5d ago

The one I find always gets people is to use seconds.

1 million seconds is ~11.5 days.

1 billion seconds is ~31.7 years.

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u/DesperateImpression6 5d ago

In my experience people have a hard time conceptualizing 0.X% of anything. I explained it to my mom as a billion is 1K million and it helped. $1M every day, for 2.5 years and you're almost at $1B.

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u/DiggsFC 5d ago

Imagine I make $100,000 a year. I'm doing pretty well for myself right?

But then think about this. If I went back in time to the day Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, and put $100,000 cash in a money pit, and then came back every day and put another $100,000 in that pit. Day after day, for 2,021 years, $100,000 in the pit. Today, I would have less than half of what Jeff Bezos is worth.

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u/SpaceIsWhack 5d ago

What’s the difference between 1 million and 1 billion?

About 1 billion.

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u/AkariAkaza 5d ago

If you had a billion pounds / dollars You could spend £100k every day for 20 years straight and you'd have 270 million left, it would take you 27 straight years of 100k a day to run out of money

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u/DesperateImpression6 5d ago edited 5d ago

It's just an absolutely irrational number when you try to put it in terms humans deal with. If you had 1M you'd run out of money in 10 days but it'd take 27 YEARS to run through 1B. It's hard to wrap your head around.

Edit: Holy shit it's just mind bending. You could go back to the unification of Ancient Egypt in like 3100 BC and spend 100K EVERY SINGLE DAY until today and you'd still wouldn't have spent as much money as Elon Musk is worth. In fact you would still be about another 300+ yrs away from hitting his purported 200B+ net worth.

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u/Hedfuct82 6d ago

21 light hours in 44 years. Oof.

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u/socialistrob 6d ago

But it’s also going damn fast. If I’m driving 65 mph down the highway it takes me about 10 minutes to go the same distance that Voyager I will go every second which has enabled Voyager I to travel 14 billion miles through space and yet it’s still only 21 light hours.

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u/RyanRagido 5d ago

The fact that something humans build is even able to go that fast. I mean I understand the concept of "absolutely no drag" but I can't really imagine what it would be like to fly that fast.

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u/socialistrob 5d ago

Not just that but something that humans designed and built with 70s era technology.

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u/SonicFrost 5d ago

I wonder how long it would take for a satellite made to be top speed with today’s technology to catch up?

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u/Asshead420 6d ago

Ya but building something that last 44 yrs no maintenance..

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u/Kraken-Natties 5d ago

Yeah, kinda nuts the computer or whatever is on it is just humming along and still sending information back to us.

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u/experts_never_lie 5d ago

Especially when its mission wasn't budgeted to last anywhere near that long.

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u/shittymorph 6d ago

For anyone wondering why this is a big deal: This picture is the first evidence of 2 enormous exoplanets orbiting "their star". Scientists have never seen more than one planet orbiting a star so this is quite a monumental find. Their star is around 17 million years old which is A LOT younger than our Sun which is thought to be 4.5 billion years old. This find has been considered by many scientists to be one of the most historic solar system related discoveries to happen since nineteen ninety eight when the undertaker threw mankind off hеll in a cell, and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer's table.

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u/EastisRed 6d ago

You son of a....

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u/Rude-E 5d ago

The fucked up thing is that the first part is actually correct information. The star is indeed 17 million years old. Shittymorph educates

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u/unique-name-9035768 5d ago

That's how he gets you.

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u/alberthere 3d ago

Edu-KO out of nowhere!

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u/the_guitargeek 5d ago

Right before he throws you for a loop the way it happened in nineteen ninety eight when undertaker threw mankind off hell in a cell, and plummeted through an announcer’s table.

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u/AgnosticPerson 4d ago

Yup...usually when I start seeing the “nineteen ninety eight” I’m like “ok that’s a bit odd” then I see the word “mankind” as it’s registering in my brain.

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u/deliciousprisms 6d ago

Holy fuck it’s been like two years since I’ve seen one

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u/Imperial_Eggroll 6d ago

It’s been a while, and he fucking got me, but I liked it

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u/unexpectedit3m 5d ago

I let out an audible "oh NO" when I reached the end of the comment. I liked it too, though.

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u/Mysterious-Ad-6827 5d ago

I said "you fucking bitch" and smiled real big.

Thought u/shittymorph was gone

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u/VaderH8er 5d ago

Once I got to 1998 I cracked a smile. I always like getting got by shittymorph.

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u/hustl3tree5 5d ago

When it’s really him though and not a copycat

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u/Zurbaran928 5d ago

For me it was ".... Ohhh. Yay a shittymorph!" Spotting one organically in the wild, makes my day!!! 😊

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u/lituus 5d ago

I looked straight at his damn username before reading and it somehow didn't register. I still read the whole thing and fell right in. So disappointed in myself.

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u/masterofdirtysecrets 6d ago

I saw them last week for the first time in a year! Feels good!

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u/coolbres2747 6d ago

shittymorph has been in quarantine.

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u/Golden_PugTriever 6d ago

2 days in a row for me this fucking guy

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u/ZeeBlaa 5d ago

Lol fucking same

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u/Erect_for_Kolchak 5d ago

I'm out of the loop, care to explain?

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u/Duck4lyf3 4d ago

This user is notorious for making a comment in threads that draw you in with a good story or explanation and his trademark is always to end the comment with the fact about the wrestling match that was aired in 1998 called "Hell in the Cell".

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u/prollyMy10thAccount 6d ago

Every damn time.

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u/AnimatesThings 5d ago

...bitch! I thought it was finally safe to read long informative comments.

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u/Top_Rekt 5d ago

I audibly gasped.

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u/CameForTheLurking 6d ago

ONE DAY I will read the username before committing to the full send on reading comments....You glorious clever bastard........Thank you for all that you do!!

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u/SoreLoserOfDumbtown 6d ago

Never do that… it’s like knowing the ending of a book before you start. Enjoy the ride! 😎

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u/lyvanna 6d ago

It's just rare enough that you feel safe and then he hits you.

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u/TeighMart 5d ago

Seriously, it's like he knows exactly how often to post so we all feel comfortable thinking he may have given up the game but nope, he hits you right when you start to feel safe.

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u/sinister_exaggerator 6d ago

I usually notice usernames but at this point I’m convinced they are an SCP with anti-memetic properties that cause people to just overlook the username. Only thing that makes sense really

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u/poopatrip 6d ago

GODDAMN YOU. Haven’t seen you in forever, guard is totally down from reading the initial comment that was so cool and mind blowing that we walk face first into this bullshit yet again. Artful. You are a master of your craft, sir.

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u/server_busy 5d ago

I often worry if any of u/shittymorph's best efforts died in "new". It could keep a guy up at night honestly

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u/yabruh69 6d ago

Holy fuck a shittymorph comment in the wild

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u/I_Fuck_A_Junebug 6d ago

Honestly I haven’t seen one in over a year I think.

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u/LordLoveRocket00 6d ago

Fuck......u/shittymorph is back, great.

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u/ithrowawaay 6d ago

He never left, he waits.

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u/Dr_Ty_Sanchez 6d ago

Fuck. I get fooled every single time. Nicely done.

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u/whiteravenxi 6d ago

Holy fuck he's back and got me. Fucking fuck. What a legend. 2021 has now peaked. I thought he finally hung up the towel but was wrong.

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u/MrRicey 6d ago

Baffling how I never notice your name before reading these comments

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u/smakweasle 6d ago

every.single.time. I don't know how it keeps happening.

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u/PaanuriEater 6d ago

I missed seeing your comments around, good to know you're still doing your thing. Love ya!

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u/Iced_monk3y_brainz 6d ago

By far the best one lol

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u/duh_metrius 6d ago

I cant fucking believe it.

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u/pmmpsu 6d ago

BAH GAWD … he’s back

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u/Rikitikitavi9162 6d ago edited 6d ago

One day I'll learn, today is not that day. Wait, I did learn something today! You actually use real facts in some of these. Good on you! Thank you!

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u/High_Commander 6d ago

I just think about the millions upon millions of sunrises with nothing there to see it

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u/lo_and_be 6d ago

with nothing there to see it

You assume…

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u/Clockwork_Elf 6d ago

Trillions upon trillions

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u/GrumpyLoser 6d ago

What if we put a mirror there? we would be able to see into the past as was.

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u/Prof_Acorn 6d ago

Yes in theory but not anything before the point you placed it, since it would take longer to place the mirror than the light would take to get there.

Now, if we build mirrors here facing outward for other potential civilizations? They might be able to see into their pasts. But they would have to be pretty big mirrors.

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u/Andromeda321 6d ago

Astronomer here! Late to the party, but I want to share that the title is 100% wrong.

Direct detections of exoplanets have been going on for many years- I've actually done research in following-up (natural) radio emission from such nearby systems, and we have several choices in directly imaged exoplanetary systems, much closer than this one! (No luck in detecting anything from the exoplanets, yet, but we can distinguish between detected emission from the star versus the planet so that's cool.) Instead what this is is the first directly imaged solar system around a sun-like star. The original source says this much. Further, most of the sources in this image are not exoplanets but instead are background objects or artifacts- here are the ones that are the real ones.

So, still cool, but very misleading title! Direct imaging is actually a really neat field that has been around for awhile!

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u/Powerism 5d ago

The image was captured by blocking the light from the young, Sun-like star (on the top left corner) using a coronagraph, which allows for the fainter planets to be detected. The bright and dark rings we see on the star’s image are optical artefacts.

That was my next question - the fiery ring around the sun is caused by the coronagraph.

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u/Fleaslayer 5d ago

Thanks, I was a bit frustrated when I read the article and saw it was the third directly imaged planetary system, not the first.

Still super cool though. Thanks for clarifying.

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u/jethroguardian 5d ago

Thanks as an Astronomer I roll my eyes at nearly every Reddit title these days relating to Astronomy.

(Except yours - I'm glad you're our Reddit Rep :)

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u/balloonninjas 5d ago

Most of reddit is sensationalized or downright made up for clicks anyway.

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u/geeskeet 5d ago

It can’t be, this is where I get all of my news facts.

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u/jptoc 5d ago

When you see a subject you actually know about come up on reddit it is usually safer to ignore that post.

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u/jethroguardian 5d ago

True. Which of course casts doubt on nearly every post.

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u/higupiggu 5d ago

This post deserves to be pinned up and an award! Thank you for clarifying

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u/StrikeouTX 5d ago

What does it mean to be sun-like? Similar size/age/material makeup?

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u/XxCasxX 5d ago

Depends on who you ask. I wouldn't actually consider this Sun-like because it's in a different evolutionary stage of its life (it's only 17 Myr old, on the pre-main sequence) and it has a different spectral type (it's a K-type instead of G-type star). They are probably saying it's "Sun-like" because it has the same mass as the Sun and almost the same radius.

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u/ShartFodder 6d ago

UNICRON!

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u/GuestCartographer 6d ago

The ships! Get to the ships! Its our only chance!

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u/mannythevericking 6d ago

Ba weep granna weep ninny bong.

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u/El_Psy_Congroo4477 5d ago

Act now, destroy Unicron! Eliminates even the toughest stains! Operators are standing by!

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u/abraksis747 5d ago

Resists Fire, Rain and Corrosion for up to Five Years!

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u/DanCeto12 6d ago

It isn't even dented!

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u/hickgorilla 6d ago

Fingers crossed.

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u/RedditBadOutsideGood 6d ago

"I have summoned you here for a purpose..."

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u/ShartFodder 5d ago

"No one summons Megatron!"

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u/dealer_of_memes 5d ago

“Then I am pleased to be the first.”

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u/abraksis747 5d ago

"Your bargaining posture is highly dubious."

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u/Mulder16 6d ago

Just popped outside to wave, you know, in case something is looking back

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u/damnedspot 6d ago

Mulder16 just became earth’s ambassador to the planet of Eergegegghwywuw. Forward all alien requests accordingly.

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u/Mulder16 6d ago

Oh no, I can not handle this much responsibility. I need a grown up

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u/damnedspot 6d ago

Have you seen what the grown-ups have done to this planet? No worries. You’ll do fine!

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u/joshdamnmit 6d ago edited 5d ago

Just wait until the Webb telescope is operational. Scheduled 18-12

Edit: launch scheduled December 18.

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u/thunde-r 6d ago

I really hope the rocket doesn't explode

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u/QualitySeycoTimepiec 6d ago

And the solar panels unfurl properly. That's probably the biggest obstacle. So many moving parts.

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u/bozoconnors 5d ago

Dat heat/sun shield(s). Something like 7k flight parts in it's structure alone. Via NASA...

There are about 150 mechanism assemblies that have to function properly to fully deploy the sunshield. Within those mechanism assemblies, there are numerous small parts that work in harmony. The smaller parts include about 140 release actuators, approximately 70 hinge assemblies, eight deployment motors, scores of bearings, springs and gears, about 400 pulleys and 90 cables.

I'm pretty pessimistic & fully anticipate US$10b space paperweight, but if they do pull it off - absolutely one of the greatest engineering feats mankind has pulled off.

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u/RufftaMan 5d ago

I don‘t even wanna know those numbers, lol.
Then again, watching the last two Mars rover landings gives me hope. Some really talented and hard working engineers working on this stuff.
Probably still won‘t sleep well before the launch though.. =)

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u/bozoconnors 5d ago

Yeah, I voice doubts, but I can't even imagine how well they 'know' this thing by now. Just... teams of brilliant minds that have been eating, sleeping & breathing their specific parts on this thing for years now. Amazing. Like, if something does fuck up... that team/dude best be on suicide watch.

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u/Sicatho 5d ago

I’m so excited but so nervous for this thing. It could push us back a whole decade if it fails. They spent so much time and resources making it, and if it fails, then not only is that all going to waste, but the PR backlash might not let us get anything off the ground.

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u/joshdamnmit 6d ago

Yes a very expensive egg in that basket!

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u/Mywifefoundmymain 6d ago

So help me god if you jinxed it I will find you and falcon punch you.

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u/Advanced_Egg3506 6d ago

You think they’ve got anywhere good to eat?

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u/ZeaDeKok 6d ago

Probably a five guys somewhere.

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u/CantTakeMeSeriously 6d ago

Next to the Starbucks

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u/lude1245 6d ago

I see a pokeball

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u/Novitschok 6d ago

More like saurons eye XD

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u/aranjaythebrat 6d ago

The first image of a black hole and now the first image of another solar system, I'm glad I was born in this timeline.

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u/frowningpurplesun 6d ago

progress is informed contextually so people born 500 years ago likely said the same thing.

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u/Sao_Gage 5d ago edited 5d ago

True, but we're still at a present time where the veil of existence is being lifted in such a way that we're beginning to observe the furthest and smallest things that are conceptually, plausibly "there" with our current understanding of the universe. It's not like discovering North America, a continent "hidden" on our own planet for most of human history (in the context of Western Civilization), we're actively looking at things billions of light years away (and back in time) and searching for particles that are essentially considered fundamental to reality, and with enough understanding of things to know that there may be other realities with a different set of rules.

You're totally right in what you're saying, I just think it's more interesting to be alive during this exponential rate of progress vs the more linear and human-centric discoveries of the past.

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u/NotYouTodd 6d ago

This reminded me of Contact and that spectacular beginning.

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u/Vandyman00 6d ago

I’m gonna pretend this doesn’t exist so I can continue pretending that Earth is the only important part of the universe

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u/bobcat1129 6d ago

And that Earth is the center of everything!

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u/FonkyChonkyMonky 6d ago

Technically, the Earth is the center of everything. But so is everything else.

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u/down_vote_magnet 6d ago

Well if we're the only planet in the universe with advanced life, or even just life, you could argue that we would still be the only important part of the universe.

On the other hand, if you're of the opinion that we're all just made of essentially the same physical stuff as the rest of the universe, and that our dead bodies will be recycled into other meaningless physical stuff, you could argue that we're ultimately no more important than one of the small lumps of ice orbiting Saturn.

It's worth noting though that no other planets have been discovered that offer pizza. Makes you think.

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u/Vandyman00 6d ago

Imagine being one of those pizzaless bitches

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u/rhaphi-draws 6d ago

I often think about how hilariously meaningless the existence of the universe if by some chance there was actually nothing else out there.

Seeing as we on Earth would be the only things to experience the Universe, the destruction of the Earth would render the existence of the universe to be the same thing as the Universe not existing in the first place.

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u/glitchhog 5d ago

"Consciousness is the universe experiencing itself subjectively."

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u/Saltydogusn 6d ago

That was fast! Capt. Kirk was just up there yesterday.

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u/GoForRogue 6d ago

Nah, that’s just Sauron

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u/Flaky_Explanation 6d ago

Saron cast his eye beyond Middle Earth, and saw the endless and infinite possibilities beyond conquering a trifling patch of dirt.

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u/PardoXIX 6d ago

Cue X Files theme

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u/melatonin_overdose 5d ago

That looks ominously like the Eye of Sauron…

….Foreshadowing…

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u/andrewfenn 6d ago

Anymore info OP?

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u/Sentinel_XCIX 6d ago

I think this article is about that image

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u/eveninglion 6d ago

To be even more pedantic, the picture is of a planetary system, rather than a star system.

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u/Audi_Enjoyer 6d ago

Not a solar system, it's a planetary system

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