The equivalent of a "rock star", having lived a "fast, flashy life and died young" apparently exploded with unimaginable violence in the year 161,000 BC and spewed "guts" across an enormous area. The exploding prehistoric luminary had previously ejected a "string of pearls", according to investigating boffins. The 'String of …
This story was a disappointment
Not what I expected at all.
I have to agree..
Tenuous,one might even say Gaseous link to the story :)
Grenade because it's as close to a Supernova as the icons get..bit like the Headline when you think about it.
Here is a much more electrifying account
Supernova 1987A Decoded
A truly quality title
Well done Lewis, keep them coming.
It's Friday and Lewis is on form
(no Paris as that's too bloody obvious)
Genius headline though.
This was clearly made as a monument to some alien dictator -- you can see his face in the middle of the ring.
...that's just Hugh Jackman in his bubble*.
* Obscure film reference.
are we dumb?
why do you have to use dumb words like boffin? are you just a hack? these people are scientists and deserve your respect.
This is El Reg, you know?
Re: are we dumb?
Oh grow up for Pete's sake.
Are you stupid?
Do you have to use stupid words like dumb?
See what I did there, I turned round your sriticism of a particular word by criticising your use of another word? Aren't I clever and superior?
I think I speak for pretty much every regular Reg reader when I say that we are all sick of hearing people complain about the use of teh word 'boffin'. It's in the English language, so stop being a prude and fuck off.
I have two degrees in Chemistry...
...so just about qualify as a scientist. Whilst I have no objection to the use of the term 'boffin', I do object to patronising twats like you.
Boffin is part of Official El Reg Lexicon - embrace it.
What next? You object to Bulgarian Funbags?
Having a higher class of commentard, El Reg can use the word 'boffin' in an ironic way, and Reg readers are generally smart enough to appreciate irony. It's like 'goldy' and 'silvery'.
Simples enough for you ?
No, you're not.
You can't spell.
Yes - I object - the proper nomenclature is Bulgarian Airbags! :P
Grow a sense of humour
The Reg doesn't take itself too seriously, if you haven't realized this by now then you are probably on the wrong bloody site, mate.
Boffin icon, just to annoy twats like you.
6 trillion miles in diameter
I just LOVE the numbers involved!
"Just remember that you're standing, on a planet that's evolving; revolving at a thousand miles an hour..." ...dum-de-de-de-dum...
..if i'm counting properly (probably not) then that mean the pearls were averaging about 1.3mSsx up to the point we saw them (assuming an old British trillion) which seems quite sedate... they do, however, encompass an area of about 2.3GWa - impressive.
Rock Star ?Credit ?
Credit for photo : CU Boulder? it most definitely must be Friday ...
I'm in boulder! but not CU :-(
AGB stars enrich space with heavier elements too
"Much of the very stuff of ... our own bodies was originally forged from lighter elements during supernova explosions"
Not true. Most carbon is now thought to originate in 'carbon stars', old stars of intermediate mass undergoing the so-called 'asymptotic giant branch' phase of evolution. This carbon is generated from helium by fusion reactions within the star, and is then expelled into interstellar space by 'stellar wind' - not an embarrassment but a boon to future life forms such as us and Lewis.
Sorry if I'm missing your point, but Carbon is especially 'lower down' in the periodic table is it?
Number 6 in the table if my memory servers me aright - H, He, Li, Be, Bo, C
The chemical symbol for Boron is B.
Sorry. Pedant mode disengaged...
I think the point about 'heavier elements' refers to pretty much everything produced in supernovae. If my (admittedly rather rusty) knowledge of stellar nucleosynthesis holds true, although elements up to iron can be produced in larger stars by exoenergetic fusion, anything heavier requires energy input to synthesise the nucleons. This isn't to say that lighter elements aren't produced in supernovae, and IIRC, the majority of anything heavier than carbon is made this way, so whilst there may have been big stars producing the carbon that eventually made up a part of our bodies, virtually all of the nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iodine etc. etc. that makes up 72% (IIRC that counts as a majority) of what we are would have come from supernovae.
Just to follow up on that...
Does that make element 7 C++?
Many Bothans died..
After witnessing this big bang first hand.. Amazing! Shame it couldnt be videod live at 23 years we are a bit behind!
Can I be the first...
...to welcome our Rock Star, Pearl Ejaculating Overlords
Oh and err... "...hefty boffinry mag Science" Quality. Sheer quality.
What we dont realise is....
That it is really a intergalactic advert for a alien version of a fast food burger joint which is newly opened.
It's the first of many stars Steve Jobs is having blown up to spell out the word "Apple" under a giant apple with a bite out of it in the night sky.*
* Shamelessly plagiarized from Douglas Adams.
That's what I call forward planning.
Actually, the concept of a Alien Burger with Pearl Necklace sauce has put me of my lunch.
Looking at the picture
Burger joint - looks more like a advert for a Doughnut shop to me ;)
@P.Nutt Close - but surely it's an ad for
a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster ?
...and no mention of Marc Almond at all... :(
Paris of course. If you don't know why, ask your mum.
Mum, what's he on about?
Does that lady wear pearl necklaces? Huh?
... I recall, as a pre-boffin, helping (in some appropriately minimal way) to set up the janzos cosmic ray telescope on Black Birch, which was designed to look at sn1987a. I recall that it was quite cold and I carried some moderately heavy things about while others did the real work. Not much of a claim to fame, admittedly :-)
Life fast, die young...
Yes, nice corpse. Pretty pictures to boot. Well done that star.
A link to a higher res version ?
don't have big links...but
Thats a good thing then.
>The STIS' power supply unfortunately broke down in 2004, but Shuttle astronauts mended it again >on a final servicing mission last year.
Good thing we didn't let Hubble die then I guess.
A spokesman for Disaster Area was later quoted as saying that it had been "a good gig"...
preprint version of Science article
There seems to be some sort of ethereal jelly baby in the middle of the pearl necklace.
is it me ? or....
does the pic look like there is a more than passing resemblance with the old grey whistle test there...
it sure looks like theres a rocker in the middle of the ring of pearls.......
frankly im surprised someone hasn't already piped up saying theres the image of Jesus in there...
nuff said im off down the pub for a lemonade
6 trillion miles is all very well,
but can we have that in SI units please?
How many football fields is that?
Or is it aircraft carriers for length, I can never remember.
Jelly Baby or Angel?
To me it looks more like an angel in the center of the ring? OMG, is it the gateway to heaven?!
(Paris, coz, well, she's definitely worn a pearl necklace (or two)).
Blowed up good!
Mine's the one with Farm Film Report in the pocket.
I thought it was the astral women toliet sign
Like I said above, it looks like the toilet for Jack the Peg's wife
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