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To: J40000
I don’t know where to start...
Me either. Guess I'll start at the beginning.
They can’t even tell if PLUTO is a real planet or not,
But that's a matter of definition, isn't it? They argued amongst themselves about what it means to be a planet and as a result of that shifting definition, Pluto lost out, that's all. That reclassification had nothing to do with something they couldn't tell about the planet.
but they can peer at THIS thing, FIFTY light years away, THROUGH clouds that surround it
Actually, it's 750 light years away. Secondly, they are looking at things at infrared wavelengths. The clouds are transparent at those wavelengths, and what they are looking at doesn't require such fantastic resolution either; the jets shoot outward 5,000 A.U. in either direction.
to tell us that it’s spewing water.. okay..not exactly water.. “telltale light signatures of hydrogen and oxygen atoms”

Come on, it’s a STAR. That means HOT. “temperatures are a few thousand degrees celsius..” And water is produced out of such heat HOW???

The article explains that as well. When that fast moving (i.e., hot) material hits the interstellar medium, it is slowed down (cooled) and condenses again into water. That's both a matter of well-established physical and chemical law, and can probably be observed directly through spectroscopy to boot.

13 posted on 06/15/2011 5:54:03 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Actually, the article contributes to a common misuse of language.

What we call “water” is really liquid water.

Water, like just about all other compounds and elements, is found in three phases: solid, liquid, gas; depending on temperature and pressure.

But ice, water vapor and liquid water are all three H2O, and are equally water.

Water vapor doesn’t condense into water, it already IS water. It just goes from the gas phase to the liquid phase.

16 posted on 06/15/2011 6:13:20 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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