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An international team of astronomers has spotted what appears to be the first sighting of a planet being born from stellar debris, possibly confirming theories about the origins of the Solar System protoplanet And the universe said, "Let there be a planet!" The proto-planet is forming from a huge disc of dust and space debris …

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jai
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boffins with brains the size of planets

and they can't come up with imaginative names for their telescopes.

Still, I guess there's no time to waste on daft names when there's planets being created. I mean, 10 years will go past in a flash! if they're not careful.

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Joke

Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

I thought it was just Aussies that couldnt come up with imaginative names...

The Snowy Mountains

The Great Sandy Desert

The Brown Snake

The Red Back Spider

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Boffin

Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

In the eyes of the universe 10 years isn't even the blink of an eye.

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Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

Actually, the telescopes themselves are named in the Mapudungun language:

ANTU (UT1; The Sun ),

KUEYEN (UT2; The Moon ),

MELIPAL (UT3; The Southern Cross ), and

YEPUN (UT4; Venus - as evening star)

https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/vlt/vlt-names.html

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Aussie names

You forgot XXXX for beer.

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Re: Aussie names

Also Mount Lofty in Adelaide. Although I'd say we were being ironic with that one, since at only 727 m (2385 ft) it's barely deserving of the title of "mount", let alone "lofty"!

But at least we call a spade a spade...

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Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

Astronomers generally reserve the 'imaginative' names for the scientific instruments attached to the telescopes, rather than the telescopes themselves, though there are a few exceptions. Acronyms are popular, there's a list of some of the worst here: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~gpetitpas/Links/Astroacro.html

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Re: XXXX for beer

As an Aussie, let me correct you. XXXX is not beer, it translates most closely as "camel's urine".

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Pint

Re: XXXX for beer

At least it's better than VB. :-)

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Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

thought it was just Aussies that couldnt come up with imaginative names...

When dealing with a Brown Snake, thinking up an imaginative name is quite likely not the first thing on your mind. And if it was, it'd probably be the last.

The name that would result would probably be Fucking Sodding Bastard Brown Snake anyway, or something along those lines

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Who needs an exciting name

When they're "extremely large".

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Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

But remember these are German boffins.

The telescope before the VLT used to test the new technology was called the "New Technology Telescope" = NTT. The naming of the individual telescopes was a public competition for schoolkids.

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Pint

Re: Aussie names

90-mile Beach

Blue Mountains

Shelly Beach

Boat Harbour (no, really)

Yep, the Smart Country alright.

Also: I thought Fosters was 'strayn for 'Camel Piss'. Fosters exists only to make people drink VB; "nah, mate, I'd rather drink VB." XXXX is entirely palatable, favorably compared to a mid-range Budweiser.

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Bah!

Impossible. Until all that crap has been hoovered up, no matter how round, big or planety it looks, it ain't a planet. What we have here is a proto-dwarf planet, no matter how big it gets.

"Scientists" say so.

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Childcatcher

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Any just how long do you think it will take before we find out?

I'm not waiting round, just turning to dust.

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Anonymous Coward

Dear Mr God

Enough already with the planets!

We already have more than we can ever use.

Land: who said they weren't making any more?

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I've got a million ideas and they all point to certain death.

Careful.. you'll set Marvin off..

Brain the size of a planet and I have to fetch the prisoners. How depressing" (or words to that effect..)

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