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Astrophysicists have clapped their eyes on what seems to be a massive inner and outer asteroid belt hugging the Vega star. The finding suggests that a gap spotted between the warm and cool belts of the star could mean that multiple unseen planets may orbit it, according to astronomers who used data from NASA's Spitzer Space …

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"The stargazers said if planets do indeed orbit Vega then they won't remain hidden for long. "

Ollie ollie oxen free?

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Childcatcher

How to fund exploration of same?

Astronomers could imply that the inner planets are composed of diamonds (done that, but not enough), gold and other precious metals, and that the cold asteroids are all frozen alcohol with some miscellaneous flavorings thrown in. Can't think what might work for the inner ring of asteroids, but someone will surely come up with an irresistible draw... Pure refined rare earths? Some group will go out and get the stuff, only to come back to find that all the tech needed to do the project had been patented while they were away, so maybe not after all.

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Flawed Cosmology

Any RIGOROUS examination of planetary formation in light of the many fatal flaws discovered, yet unreported, in the disk accretion theory will quickly recognize the near impossibility of finding other planets with life on them. Furthermore, "Black Hole, Big Bang and Dark Matter" are chimeral artifacts of a mathematics that cannot tell the difference between mass and matter, derives key operations from an impossible "point particle", has no concept of what gravity IS. "Life on other planets" is a meme that will die harder than phlebotomies and humors. Mathematics has usurped and made decadent the application of scientific method to observational physics. Dissenting scientists are not crackpots. The public is fed the illusion that there is no dissent in science, while the real crackpots at the head of university departments use seductive headlines to guarantee funding and salaries chasing down "discoveries" that will never be made or that will require a massive suspension of disbelief by the observer. Google "Halton Arp" and read his books.

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Re: Flawed Cosmology

Er, and your point is?

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Re: Flawed Cosmology

No point whatsoever, son; like chasing after the Big Dark Black Whatever; wasting your time and taxpayer money with headline grabbing paroxysms of gratuitous, culturally inspired stupidity.

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Re: Flawed Cosmology

riiiight, lets keep wasting billions on various religious nonsense like it has been done for thousands of years.

after all it delivers its spoiled fruits consistently, being it misery, hatred, bigotry, genocide and other inhuman atrocities. and without fail fulfills every overlords wet dream in decreased cognitive and objective reasoning abilities.

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Re: Flawed Cosmology

You seem to have a lot of answers.

Unfortunately they come with a massive fruit loop.

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Re: Flawed Cosmology

"like chasing after the Big Dark Black Whatever"

Hmm...

"And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans. "

- The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

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Re: Flawed Cosmology

"Dissenting scientists are not crackpots"

Some of them are.

No doubt some of our understanding of cosmology needs refinement, and it may well be that there are parts of the science that are outright wrong, and a scientist worthy of the name will admit this when evaluating evidence and idea. That doesn't stop crackpots being crackpots.

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My wager...

.. it will be one proto-rogue planet very near the outer belt which has been gradually spiraling away from it's host star over millions of years.

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The War on Terror connects cultures!

Fomalhaut?

This being arabic, I would think it should be correctly written as "fom al-haut" (which means what?)

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Re: The War on Terror connects cultures!

Errm... Vega is also Arabic, as are the names of a lot of other stars, given that they were named by, well, Arabs and were brought to the attention of Europeans by one Alfanso X of Castile. (Other prominent stars with Arabic names include Rigel and Betelgeuse; Arabic and Ancient Greek are the sources for the names of a _lot_ of stars.)

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So...

If what happens in Vega stays in Vega, does this means Vega never visits the loo?

Beer, because it's Friday, I feel silly, and just cracked a lame Street Fighter joke.

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