Astronomers have released imagery of an "exotic" star which spurts out "regular ejections of matter" every few decades. The scientists theorise that this is caused by occasional interactions between the star and a longtime companion. The star HD87643, imaged by the ESO's 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla A cloudless sky lets you …
Sounds like an interesting relationship..
But doesn't the phrase "regular ejections of matter every few decades ... caused by occasional interactions between the star and a longtime companion." just cry out for substitution of the word 'ejaculations' instead of 'ejections', and similar throughout? It IS friday, you know, and there are rules about this sort of thing....
Paris because the beer icon is for later...
I was truly expecting a smut story about Duncan James.
And there was me thinking I was going to see something of the naked variety
Paris.......because we need some filth on a Friday.
Wasn't the subtitle to the article good enough for you? Perfect pitch, Lewis.
Mine's the one with the interstellar dust stain on the front.
Best headline ever
Bah! From the title I thought this was going to be a PH story.
I can't tell you how happy reading that there's a boffin called Boffin has made me.
Not like you Lewis, to be so timid ! The innuendo in this article could have been much more explicit methinks ... still, very interesting.
Unfortunately 15 years between a good matter-ejecting seeing-to is all that I seem to get these days as well.
2 in 1!!
Not only do we have the brilliantly named 'Multinational Science Alliance', there's a Dr. Boffin involved.
Sounds like a normal relationship
"regular ejections of matter every few decades [...] caused by occasional interactions between the [object in question] and a longtime companion."
Sounds rather like my marriage.
I for one am let down by the head line
Yes, I thought this was a "Bootnotes" story...
Re: Sounds like an interesting relationship
>> But doesn't the phrase "regular ejections of matter every few decades ... caused by occasional interactions between the star and a longtime companion." just cry out for substitution of the word 'ejaculations' instead of 'ejections', and similar throughout?
I think they were left unchanged on purpose, as an 'exercise for the reader'. Heck most of us probably made the substitution without even thinking about it.
Blue looks white for a reason
Install python and the python imaging library (PIL), and run the program at the end of this comment on the big tiff image. It turns every over exposed pixel black. Some of the stars might emit more blue light than red and green, but all three components are maxed out in the bright stars so you cannot tell. You cannot even be sure of the colours of the stars that are not over exposed. You would have to find out if the picture is really made of red/green/blue components - it could easily be infra-red, ruby-red, red.
#! /usr/bin/env python
from PIL import Image
i = Image.open('ejecty_star_big.tiff')
Image.eval(i, lambda x: (x, 0)[x==255]).save('overexposed.tiff')
What a disappointment...
... I was expecting a Naomi Campbell story :-(
who the fuck pays for these boffins to do research into observing useless phenomena hundreds of light years away. How about doing something useful on this planet maybe. And don't give me the any 'enhance our understanding' / 'our place in the universe' bullshit. I don't care, neither should you.
grumble grumble 2
A Friday headline like that usually means smut.
Quote: "exotic" star which spurts out "regular ejections of matter"
That HAS to be Paris surely?
am i the only one...
who read that as Erotic star's 'violent ejections'......
Because it's cool.
Besides, when you've got a scientist called "Dr. Boffin", it's better to let him research cosmic phenomena lest he decide to become a supervillain and hold us all to ransom with his death ray wielding sharks.
Translation of your comment: "I'm a moron with no interest in the world around me, and think everyone else should be too."
As Finbar Sunders would say....
(Paris because she's also a star that causes recular ejections)
Me thinks we got a squirter
I'll take "Exotic stars" for 800.
Exotic star known for ejecting juices.
Who is Cytherea* ? Ummm .... I mean ... who is HD87643 ?
Old grey whistle test
Yes it ejects some cosmic star juice each time it is kicked by that damned star man at the beginning of said muso programmes title sequence.
Dr Henri Boffin indeed. Almost as plausible as a journo called Lewis Page.
....the best headline, subhead, and opening para of the year.
Paris, because sometimes the blue star just needs to get binged.
Am I living in an alternate universe?
These types of stars were being discussed in 1983 when I was doing a physics degree. My mate was doing astrophysics at the same time and we both knew about this class of stellar object -- unsurprising, since they were first described in the mid-nineteenth century (1860's I think).
Its almost certainly just a type C-J or C-H class carbon (or "sooty") star.
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