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#1 penguinx64

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:40 AM

Tuesday night, Uranus will be less than 2 degrees away from Mars.  Close enough to smell it.

 

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 01:44 PM

Yes, I am already quite aware of that: https://www.cloudyni...m-feb-11-to-14/

 

What does Uranus or Mars smell like?


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:01 PM

Cheese



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:27 PM

Moved to  Solar System Observing.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:27 PM

I am so tired of comments from people that seem to be 12 years old. 


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:48 PM

WoodyEnd,

 

 Agree, these comments about the 7th planet got old during the Voyager flyby in the late 1980's.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:03 PM

I am so tired of comments from people that seem to be 12 years old. 

Agree. The accent is on the first syllable at any rate. Like Jupiter. Or Mercury. No one says Ju-PEE-ter. Unless they’re 12 that is.


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:54 PM

I thought Beevis and Butthead were banned from Cloudy Nights.  gramps.gif


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#9 Astroman007

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 04:34 PM

Well, WoodyEnd, count me out of the Beavis and Butthead league.

 

I didn't get why the OP made the reference that he did at first; hence my curious question.

 

Now I do. rolleyes.gif



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:07 PM

Oh come now. Everyone loves a good Uranus pun. Klingons don't but most people do.


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:31 PM

This comment is a reference to the Star Trek TOS episode The Trouble With Tribbles.  Chekov says the Kiingons are 1 Parsec away 'close enough to smell them'.  Spock says 'That is illogical, odors do not travel through the vaccum of Sapce.'  Checkov says to Spock 'I was making a little joke, sir.' and Spock replies 'Extremely little, ensign'.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 10:49 AM

Fun facts about Uranus:

 

Uranus is Huge!

63 Earths would fit inside Uranus

You can see Uranus with the naked eye

Uranus has 27 moons

The atmosphere of Uranus is composed of 3% methane

The winds of Uranus blow at over 500mph

Uranus is a cold cold place

The EU wants to probe Uranus

Uranus is the butt of all astronomy jokes


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 10:54 AM

Oh come now. Everyone loves a good Uranus pun. Klingons don't but most people do.

Well...it was neither good nor a pun. So there’s that.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:00 AM

Cheese, as in the moon is made of green cheese.



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:18 AM

Cheese, as in the moon is made of green cheese.

The Moon would smell like wet rock, I believe.



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:19 AM

Agree. The accent is on the first syllable at any rate. Like Jupiter. Or Mercury. No one says Ju-PEE-ter. Unless they’re 12 that is.

Haha, I have never heard that one.  I like it!


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:49 AM

Haha, I have never heard that one.  I like it!

https://dictionary.c.../english/uranus

 

i like the British one better!


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:26 PM

Well, WoodyEnd, count me out of the Beavis and Butthead league.

 

I didn't get why the OP made the reference that he did at first; hence my curious question.

 

Now I do. rolleyes.gif

 

Hey, I originally put this in "Other - The Off Topic Observatory", where people have a better sense of humor.  It's not my fault the moderator moved it here!

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 07:54 AM

The discoverer wanted to name it "George". But all the other astronomers of the day said it had to be named for a classical god. They could have used the Latin like all the other planets and named it, "Coelus". But no-ooo, they had to go with the Greek....



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 03:38 PM

The discoverer wanted to name it "George". But all the other astronomers of the day said it had to be named for a classical god. They could have used the Latin like all the other planets and named it, "Coelus". But no-ooo, they had to go with the Greek....

...and we are forever stuck with bad jokes as a result.  

 

This in addition to the general awkwardness of using the name in polite company.  Picture me going into the house to ask my stepdaughters and their children, "Anyone want to take a look at Uranus?"

 

Being a Shakespeare-phile, however, I do like that many of its moons are named after his characters.



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 05:48 PM

...and we are forever stuck with bad jokes as a result.  

 

This in addition to the general awkwardness of using the name in polite company.  Picture me going into the house to ask my stepdaughters and their children, "Anyone want to take a look at Uranus?"

 

Being a Shakespeare-phile, however, I do like that many of its moons are named after his characters.

If you pronounce it correctly there should be no problem.


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 08:56 AM

The discoverer wanted to name it "George". 

... and had it stuck I would have a planet named after me.  Weird.



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:32 AM

If you pronounce it correctly there should be no problem.

Being something of a hack linguist, I know that real linguists favor a descriptive rather than prescriptive approach to the study of language. So technically, there really is no such thing as a "correct" pronunciation of any word, just ways they are and are not pronounced.  People pronounce this one in different ways, and there really isn't a one of them that doesn't sound awkward in English.

 

http://www.cgpgrey.c...nce-uranus.html

 

Even "Herschel" would have been a better choice.


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 02:01 PM

Being something of a hack linguist, I know that real linguists favor a descriptive rather than prescriptive approach to the study of language. So technically, there really is no such thing as a "correct" pronunciation of any word, just ways they are and are not pronounced.  People pronounce this one in different ways, and there really isn't a one of them that doesn't sound awkward in English.

 

http://www.cgpgrey.c...nce-uranus.html

 

Even "Herschel" would have been a better choice.

Well....we KNOW for sure which syllable is stressed in words. Words like Jupiter, Mercury, and Uranus. And to say there is no correct pronunciation for any word is just silly. Go sing opera in German in Germany and test that theory. Or in Italian in Italy. For instance, how do you pronounce Giovanni in Mozart’s Don Giovanni? There’s only one correct way. Period.


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 02:47 AM

Being something of a hack linguist, I know that real linguists favor a descriptive rather than prescriptive approach to the study of language. So technically, there really is no such thing as a "correct" pronunciation of any word, just ways they are and are not pronounced.  People pronounce this one in different ways, and there really isn't a one of them that doesn't sound awkward in English.

 

http://www.cgpgrey.c...nce-uranus.html

 

Even "Herschel" would have been a better choice.

 

Great video!  The actual greek name is Ouranos or Οὐρανός.  But no matter what linguists say, Uranus will always be the butt of all astronomy jokes.




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