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Jon Voisey
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Science educator, writer, and cosplayer
Science educator, writer, and cosplayer

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Difference between Google and Bing: When I put in "Distance to moon", Google gives it to me in both mi and km. Bing gives it to me in astronomical units. Now, while I am an astronomer and do appreciate the astronomical unit, it is not an SI unit and thus would require me to convert to standardized units before the value given would be useful for any calculation. In other words, get your shit together Bing.

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This is why KEPLER is my favorite space telescope.

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A new trailer for the Cosmos reboot was just released. It's definitely flashy, but I'm still not seeing the magic that Sagan had with the original series.

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"Facebook will undergo a rapid decline in the coming years, losing 80% of its peak user base between 2015 and 2017"

Quick! Everyone start using your G+ accounts!

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The M81/M82 galaxy pair is one of my favorites. The interaction between the two has highly distorted M82 causing massive amounts of star formation. And where you get ongoing star formation, you're likely to get supernovae which is just what we got!

Bonus is that this galaxy is easily visible to even small telescopes because it's so close.

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Jon Voisey commented on a post on Blogger.
This actually adds to the list of evidences to suggest that planetary orbits get weird. In particular, a few extrasolar planet systems have been discovered that have the planets orbiting backwards compared to the star's rotation. In essence, their orbits have been flipped 180 degrees. The only explanation for this is that planetary orbits migrate substantially, both in tilt as well as distance from the star. This realization also falls in line with the presence of hot Jupiters which can't form in such close proximity to a star.

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Do you know that we have pictures of more than a dozen stars that ended up blowing themselves up?
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