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  1. Like Yvaine, Coriakin, and Ramandu (from Stardust and Narnia) being people who are actually stars (like the ones in the night sky), sometimes I consider some ponies to be "stars in pony bodies", such as Sunset, STARlight, Twilight, and Trixie (for their names or apperances), and Double Diamond (for him being a very cute WHITE pony -- he might be bright enough to burn stuff!). May I know, which ponies do you consider to be more like "stars" than ponies, as in having some form of relation with the stars of the night sky, or actually being "fallen stars from the sky"? That is, other than Celestia and her student Twilight, who are overrated choices?
  2. What would be good names for MLP fan characters whose special talent is astronomy?
  3. Welcome to Raritas' Astrophotography Gallery! (Come on in, take a seat!) Hi, Raritas here. I've been a budding astronomer for a good few years now, I'll always remember the first time I viewed the moon through my trusty telescope (A Sky-Watcher 130P Synscan GoTo reflector). Since then, I've viewed all manor of celestial objects, from Jupiter, to Saturn. From the Pleiades to the Andromeda galaxy. However, my catalog of sightings is still very small! Recently, I've decided to take up the art of Astrophotography, taking pictures of the objects I have seen on my travels across the sky. Unfortunately for me, as of now I only have my trusty digital camera to take the pictures with, holding it up to the telescope lens. However, this has given me surprisingly good results! So, without further a do, below I will post all my recent pictures I have acquired for your viewing pleasure. If you would like to ask me any questions, feel free! 28/09/2015 - Lunar Eclipse ( :comeatus: ) The total eclipse/super moon was a sight to behold, I'm proud I managed to see it. Next one is in 2033, expect pictures of that then! Additional images of separate objects will be posted when I believe I have decent enough images. Thanks for clicking on my gallery, please, if you have any questions or criticism, post away! (If you wish to download any images and use them else where, please ask me first)
  4. Here we can discuss anything that relates to astronomy or cosmology. From space exploration, stars, constellations, exoplanets, quasars, pulsars, colonization, terraformation, etc. Feel free to express your love for the stars and all the wonders known and unknown. To begin this discussion, I want to express my fascination with the Voyager program, most particularly, the Voyager 1 probe and why it is my favorite spacecraft thus far. It is currently the farthest man-made object we've ever sent into the vast frontiers of space. Big as a compact car, soaring faster than a bullet at 38,610 mph, carrying what could be the very last remnant of humanity (its golden record). It's moving faster than its younger brother, Voyager 2; the two are going in completely different trajectories. This probe is responsible for taking some of the most remarkable images of Jupiter and its stormy turbulent atmosphere and its exotic moons―one is a frozen world of mysteries waiting to be unveiled; the other is a volcanic wasteland full of active volcanoes that make Mauna Loa in Hawaii seem dormant. Those are just a teaspoon of Jupiter's 63 known moons. Its cameras also captured glorious views of Saturn and its moon Titan, a world hidden beneath its hazy nitrogen-rich atmosphere, the only known satellite to possess such an atmosphere, and it's the only nitrogenous atmosphere in the Solar System aside from Earth's. Below is the very last photo that was taken before the cameras of Voyager 1 were turned off in order to save energy for its other instruments to detect interstellar charged particles. If you look very closely at that brown vertical band, right in the middle you will see a faint, barely visible, and pale blue dot. That's Earth. That's us. All of our empires, religions, history, science originated from this tiny pale blue dot. All of the collective memories and experiences of every human that has ever lived―everything they had seen, everyone they had known, everything they had accomplished, all of their contributions to our society, every woman and man they had loved and had raised families with―it all happened here ... Just a couple years ago, Voyager 1 had finally breached the heliosphere. It will take 300 years to reach the Oort cloud that surrounds the Solar System followed by 28,000 to 30,000 years until it finally exists the large mass of comets. After that, it will heading towards either the constellation Camelopardalis or Ophiuchus. In 40,000 years it pass within 1.6 light years of Gliese 445, a red dwarf star located near Polaris. Now what I'm curious to know is if it will pass close by any other stars or planetary bodies beyond that point. What stars, star systems, or exoplanets do we know of beyond Gliese 445? What lies beyond the constellation Camelopardalis? I guess only time will tell.
  5. Hi, everyone! Now, first of all, let me welcome you to my humble abode. *gestures to the chairs* Take a seat, please. Now, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me! I have plenty of adventures to talk about, I'd love to talk about some of the more esoteric sciences, and I'm welcome to a friendly debate between ponies...if you think you are. *winks*.
  6. Hey everyone! I do not think I have seen a thread relating to Astronomy on the forums yet, so here is one! Do you have a interest in it? I certainly do. I've been an amateur astronomer for about 2 years now, and I'm now trying to get into Astrophotography, where you take pictures of space stuff. Using my telescope, which is an Skywatcher 130P Synscan AZ GoTo, I've been able to take some alright pictures of the moon so far with just a normal digital camera: This one I'm quite proud of. It picks out a lot of detail on the surface and it seems to have come out really clear. But, enough of me rambling about my experiences, what about you guys? Do any of you have an interest in Astronomy?
  7. So, recently I was bumming around here, and there was just a quick query which somepony posted. They were asking simply “How long is 100 Moons?” At first, I thought it would be very simple to answer. In any media which I’ve read where animals are the main characters, “moon” has always been the standard measurement of time. In Watership Down, Warriors, The Sight, and MLP, “moon” has been the unit of time, because non-humans would obviously stick to things more easily observable than the orbital period of the Earth around the sun. Standardly, a “moon,” or Lunar Month, is the length of time form one New Moon to the next. It is usually around 28-29 days, but it varies. So, I did the multiplication, and calculated 100 moons as roughly 2,900 Civil Days, or 8 Solar Years. But then it occurred to me. I was using values from our Universe, from our solar system, and our Earth. Not every moon or planet orbits at the same rate. And in fact, Equestria’s sun and moon don’t even orbit in the traditional sense. They do not move of their own accord- the Celestial Sisters move them. And that leaves an interesting idea to be considered. How is time measured in Equestria? How does astronomy even work there? With a geocentric model of the solar system where things don’t move on their own, everything we know about planetary dynamics ceases to apply. And this leaves us viewers at a loss. We are now dealing with a system that functions completely differently from anything we know. So, we need to try and use only in-show evidence to make a determination as to how Equestria functions as a natural system. We do have some safe assumptions we can make. The Equestrian solar system is geocentric, with the sun and moon going around the planet (shall we call it Equus?). Equus’ axis of rotation must be slanted with respect to the orbit of the sun and the moon, because otherwise there would not be a polar ice cap. Days do vary in length as the year progresses, since there is a longest day of the year (The Summer Sun Celebration). There is some level of a natural progression of the seasons, since leaves turn colour on their own, implying that winter would come, ponies or no. The ponies simply make the transition between seasons move quicker. So in most every respect, Equus seems very much like Earth. For our purposes, the assumptions above will be what we work with. As a system, we cannot apply logic to Equus, or the question here, if we bring up the notion of the Celestial Sisters raising the sun and moon. For our purposes, we need to assume here that the sisters move not the bodies themselves, but the planet Equus, because it just doesn’t work if we have them pushing the bodies in an orbit around Equus. There’s a reason the Geocentric model failed. If the we accepted that the sun were pushed around Equus, and not Equus around the sun, a year would be the same length as a day, and seasons wouldn’t exist. We will pretend that somehow Equus is in a geocentric system, and somehow it acts as if it is in heliocentric system, because this is what we see based on the observations we made above. That being said, let’s move on to the bigger issue here. Time. How does it work in Equestria? We know that the ponies measure time in moons. How long is a moon? Well, we can’t tell based strictly on information in Equestria, since, as we see above, our logic does not apply to it. So, let us turn to the human world. Yes… we are consulting Equestria Girls. *yay* In EQG, the mirror opens every 30 moons, Equestria time. 30 moons in Equestria is equal to roughly 3 years in the human world. We know this because Sunset Shimmer has spent 3 years in high school, and a high school uses the solar calendar. The human world, we can assume, functions exactly as our world does. There is no magical, physics-defying nonsense. So we know that 3 years in EQG (or our world)= 30 moons in Equestria. Now we can do simple math to find out the length of an Equestrian Moon in our time. Get Derpy if you’re nervous. 30 moons in equestria = 3 earth years. Divide the whole thing by 3 to find out how many Equestrian Moons are in 1 Earth Year, and the answer is 10:1. Every 10 moons in Equestria is 1 Earth year (EY). Now, let’s do another step to find out how many earth days are in 1 Equestria Moon (EM). One Earth Year is 365.24 Earth Days (ED). So, 365.24 ED= 10 EM. If we divide the whole thing by 10, we get 1 Equestrian Moon is equal to 36.524 Earth Days. So, now we have something to work with! Using this information, we can get a scale of how time flows in Equestria. The moon orbits Equus at a slightly slower rate than our moon orbits us (remember, Equus acts like it is in a heliocentric model, even if it isn’t.) So, to answer the person’s question on the forums. 100 Equestrian Moons is equal to 3652.4 Earth Days, so 10 years. What do you guys think? Did my math bore you? Or do you find this interesting knowledge which helped you learn about Equestria? Did you note any flaws in my calculations? Let me know what you guys think!
  8. Anyone like space? Isn't it awesome? I'd like to share a great website for anyone who likes to see lots of amazing photography from hubble and other sources. NASA PIC OF THE DAY WEBSITE Does anyone here have a telescope or photography of the night sky? I own a reflector telescope. I've seen lots of things through it, like Jupiter and it's four major moons, Saturn's ring, Venus, and even a couple galaxies and nebulae. I have some photos I took of the moon with it real close up with awesome detail, but I have to find it still. Will post when I do.
  9. I like the idea that Luna actively creates beautiful starscapes as a part of her duty, we do see several telescopes in Canterlot and in Twilight's treehouse so there is quite a bit of astronomy going on in the pony world.