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So what *is* the right way up for a moon or planet?

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And if you're in zero gravity don't up and down become just a little arbitrary.

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Cannot be a mirror image problem.

Mirrors require gravity to work. They swap left and right, but not up and down. Without gravity, how would they know which was which?

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Astronomic telescopes traditionally have inverted images as you don't want to lose light/quality from having an extra lens just to flip the image to be "the right way round".

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Also, for an astronomic telescope, an extra lens would be a massive weight and enourmous extra cost.

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True, arbitrary, however its usually better if all the bits are at least the same way up/round regardless... You wouldn't want a picture of you with one foot reversed would you?

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"Astronomic telescopes traditionally have inverted images as you don't want to lose light/quality from having an extra lens just to flip the image to be "the right way round"."

This is why many telescopes are in the southern hemisphere - since everything is already upside-down the images come out the right way up.

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It depends

If you want to view the edge or the face of a planet ;)

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The right way up would be north. Duh!

Seriously, you can determine the local north by the objects prograde rotation relative to the rotation of the Sun. Admittedly, Uranus goes the wrong way. Ahem. And Venus too. And Triton goes the wrong way around Neptune. But apart from that, it's all good. Except for Pluto, it rotates the wrong way also. --->

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North is up

...but which North? Local North? Magnetic North? Solar North? North relative to the plane of the ecliptic? Galactic North?

Personally, I'd probably define it as parallel to the axis of rotation of the body, in whichever direction happens to be pointing in roughly the same direction as ecliptic north, but I don't know how well that will work for bodies that are noticeably titled relative to the ecliptic.

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Actually any optical device has inverted images.

How common a lens to invert the image again is I don't know, but you certainly don't see them with cameras - film is flipped to the preferred orientation manually, and digital does it automatically but it isn't done optically.

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"Actually any optical device has inverted images."

Including everone's MK I eyeball.

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normally it would be north up, where "north" is defined by the ecliptic plane and what 'north' would be on earth in relation to it. or something like that, with the planets all revolving in roughly the same direction around the sun, and rotating in roughly the same manner [with notable exceptions]. Assuming they all "follow the standard" north would be up, and planetary rotation would be west to east, in whatever photo they show, even for exoplanets [ok no photos of THOSE yet but still...]

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Re: Cannot be a mirror image problem.

actually gravity isn't involved - it's just our perception of the image being "flipped"

if both right/left and up/down were flipped, it would be "rotated 180 degrees". isn't it like that inside of our eyeballs?

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Facepalm

See icon...

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So, when are we getting streetview?

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Man, you should have used amanfrommars' icon for that one ;-)

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The detail on Mimas is good, but not quite good enough to see the Greggs half a mile from Pangea Chasma.

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Not on Mars

... it'll be Canal View ...

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Bugger

Shit. This is gonna be terrible. People will be getting stranded on the wrong planets, miles from their destinations.

You book a holiday in Spain, set off to drive across Europe with your Satnav, and before you know it - BOOM. You're lost, miles from Earth and stranded on Barcelona, Jupiter, miles from your hotel.

Google, sort your shit out. People's lives are at stake!

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Re: Bugger

Wait a moment here - It accurate enough for launching someone, like maybe Zuckerberg or Larry Ellison on a Mars Mission.

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Re: Bugger

You don't want to send Zuck or Leisure Suit Larry to Mars, the locals might take that kind of thing as an act of war, and rightly so. I've seen movies indicating that riling up the locals might not be a very good idea.

Send 'em off to one of the planets of Betelgeuse, assuming there are any. Better yet, send them to go find out if there are any planets in that system. It'll take a long time for them to get there, and even more time for the locals to send a response. (Betelgeuse is a red supergiant, so there probably aren't any _surviving_ planets; this makes it an excellent choice to send those two off to. Besides, it's expected to go supernova Real Soon Now as astronomers measure time, making it an even better choice to send 'em to. I think I'll start a Kickstarter to fund this worthy mission.)

<exits, singing Queen's '39.>

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Re: Bugger

So, looks like the person who made all the cockups on Apple maps a few years ago got a job at Google...

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Re: Bugger

I can see it now, the BFR arrives at its destination but there is no planet there. What has happened? They noted where the planet was when they planned the mission and then aimed for there.

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Re: Bugger

Thumbs up for '39 - it's been a long time since I heard that.

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They should have been able to figure out that they made a wrong turn when the wind really picked up and the car started to smell like ammonia.

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Pittsburgh?

When I type 'moon' in Google Maps I get a map of Pittsburgh.

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Re: Pittsburgh?

must resist deploying the 'arse end of Pennsylvania' joke, I really must...

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Google can now automatically sort photos of animals from pics of people

But can it sort my pron collection?

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Re: Google can now automatically sort photos of animals from pics of people

"But can it sort my pron collection?"

Depends. How many pics of animals are we talking?

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Re: Google can now automatically sort photos of animals from pics of people

But can it sort my pron collection?

I'm sorry, Google, AWS and Azure combined, do not have sufficient processing power to complete this task before the heat death of the universe.

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Ganymede, Mimas, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, Europa, and Titan.

Isn't that something Dave Lister used to sing?

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Re: Ganymede, Mimas, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, Europa, and Titan.

Tom Lehrer, surely as in the elements song.

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