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Telescopes 'worthless' by 2050

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wyrdo, 2 Mar 2006.

  1. Wyrdo


    Joined: 19 Feb 2004

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    Location: Darlington, UK

  2. Hugogo

    Wise Guy

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    That would be so upsetting! Not being able to see the stars would be horrible!
  3. cheets64


    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

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    Location: Wigan

    It would be sad but its near impossible to see stars at night now from the light pollution from towns and cities. I can see a couple of stars at night with the naked eye.
  4. Soogs


    Joined: 11 Jun 2003

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    Location: The Shadows (london)

    :( i love the stars... cant really see any in london anymore but the skys lovely down in brighton tho
  5. Jokester


    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

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    Location: Aberdeenshire

    Some amazing shots of the con-trails from space there. This will just hasten the building of orbital arrays which should allow us to direct view planets round other stars.

  6. leaskovski


    Joined: 22 Oct 2004

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    Location: Berkland

    I wouldn't worry because according to the scientists we will all be dead by then thanks to global warming (*cough*ice*cough*age*!!!)
  7. ethan


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    Location: What used to be a UK

    I won't be around for 2050 but it is a shame for those that will :eek:
  8. basmic


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    Hang about - what with fuel prices going through the roof, how will those planes actually be profitable to run? :confused:
  9. frosty03

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    the article assumes there will be enough oil left to sustain the growth of cheap air travel... seeing as how we are near or have passes peak oil, i doubt that will come to pass.
  10. Ren.182


    Joined: 2 Mar 2006

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    Location: Birmingham, England

    I would hate not to be able to see the stars. I know it's hard to see them now, but if you're out in the country the sky really is beautiful :). It'd be a shame for us and future generations.

    Though i doubt it'll get that bad we wont be able to see any.
  11. RandomTom


    Joined: 28 Sep 2004

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    That's depressing, although by 2050 I want to have got closer to the stars in some way, I love star gazing. :)
  12. Ugley_Matt

    Wise Guy

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    It was interesting that they noticed the difference in temperature on Sept 12 when all air traffic was closed down post 9/11.

    I would hope that by 2050 we would have massive telescopes build on the moon,
  13. Stringy


    Joined: 2 Aug 2004

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    Location: The moon

    By then all the imagery worth having will be taken from space itself surely? Not that its the answer, theres clearly more important consequences beyond this...
  14. Moredhel


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    Best place for a space telescope or array of optical and radio telescopes, is the dark side of the moon. It's in the shadow of both the earth and the sun all the time, so no light polution and none of the constant stream of radiowaves we chuck out.
  15. Mickey_D


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    Not quite true. There is no such thing as "the dark side of the moon". It's just that one side is always facing away from Earth. As the moon revolves around the earth and comes between us and the sun, the side facing us becomes "the dark side" and the back side is full on facing the moon.

    The only time the back side is dark is when we are between the moon and the sun.
  16. Moredhel


    Joined: 11 May 2004

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    Location: Gloucester

    I always thought it was in the L5 point, always in the same point in regards to the sun and the earth, however, as soon as I stopped to think about it, that would mean solar eclipses and lunar eclipses would be impossible, and that the moon is millions of miles away instead of a few hundred thousand. It IS always sheilded from earth though, so the radio telescope thing is valid at least. :)