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August 4th, 2008

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Dark Matter Smoking Gun

The Bullet Cluster - Witness the power of the Dark (Matter) Side... (will explain later in notes)
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Eye candy



You can see the new star-forming regions in the spiral arms...
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Launchpad Day 5, AM - Galaxy Class

Yes, I'm splitting this one. When you spend a morning playing with galaxies and dark matter, you kind of need to give them their own space.

Um. So to speak.

It was prof_brotherton's day to lecture again and he picked up this morning more or less where we left off the previous night.

Galaxies are fascinatingCollapse )

Dark Matter!Collapse )

History of the Milky WayCollapse )

So, what else do you want to know about galaxies?Collapse )

Pant, pant, pant...

Okay. That is QUITE enough for one night. Past midnight now, local time. I better get to bed. The rest of today I will catch up on tomorrow, which is also the last day of Launchpad.

But before I go - we got a book recommendation today, apparently one of the worst books ever written, with a "read it if you dare" warning. Now, of course, I have to go find that sucker. The title is apparently "Galaxy 666". I will have to hunt for that one - it was recommended by such GUSTO that I want to at least have a taste of it now, especially when I know all this stuff about galaxies now and can gleefully pick holes in the thing...

Bedtime.

See y'all tomorrow.
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