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200,000 Elliptical Galaxies Point the Same Way
slashdot.org ^ | 29 aug 2007 | KJ Longo

Posted on 08/30/2007 6:47:29 PM PDT by jbp1

I have studied a sample of 200,000 elliptical galaxies with redshifts <0.20 from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to investigate whether they tend to have their ellipticities aligned along a particular axis. The data show a 13 standard deviation signal for such an alignment. The axis is close to the spiral spin axis found previously and to that of the quadrupole and octopole moments in the WMAP microwave sky survey

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Where are they pointing? Who are we?
1 posted on 08/30/2007 6:47:30 PM PDT by jbp1
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I have no idea what it’s talking about....but it’s probably Bush’s fault.


2 posted on 08/30/2007 6:48:52 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: jbp1

may the schwartz be with you.


3 posted on 08/30/2007 6:48:56 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: jbp1

Who are they pointing to? The ultimate question.


4 posted on 08/30/2007 6:49:53 PM PDT by colorcountry (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. --Voltaire)
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To: jbp1

Just imagine the size of the critter that would leave a trail of bread crumbs like that.


5 posted on 08/30/2007 6:50:42 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: jbp1

For those interested you can get the SDSS zoomable sky with the NASA worldwind program. Really cool program. Google earth now has something similar as well.


6 posted on 08/30/2007 6:51:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: colorcountry

Towards Mecca.... :o)


7 posted on 08/30/2007 6:52:15 PM PDT by traumer
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To: jbp1
You are here...

You are here... You are here...

8 posted on 08/30/2007 6:52:53 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: jbp1

whenever i feel that way i have an apple cider or a beer

or both


9 posted on 08/30/2007 6:53:04 PM PDT by Flavius
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To: jbp1

Time to bring out the bunny.

10 posted on 08/30/2007 6:53:24 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Compromise on your vote and you get a compromised government.)
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To: colorcountry
“Who are they pointing to? The ultimate question.”

42.

11 posted on 08/30/2007 6:53:49 PM PDT by decal ("The Political Advisor Is IN.")
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To: jbp1
some of the postings on the link are pretty funny. debating academic nerds. i say that in the nicest way due to the fact that i can't understand any word of their's over 4 characters long. i like the guy who wrote:

translation: "give us more funding"

12 posted on 08/30/2007 6:54:46 PM PDT by thefactor
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To: jbp1

That’s Our Heavenly Father’s Creation...HE knows...


13 posted on 08/30/2007 6:55:11 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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"200,000 Elliptical Galaxies Can't Be Wrong"TM
14 posted on 08/30/2007 6:55:46 PM PDT by mikrofon (Pointer Systems)
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To: jbp1
As noted by a poster from your link:

"200,000 galaxies can't be wrong!"

15 posted on 08/30/2007 6:57:37 PM PDT by xJones
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To: traumer

16 posted on 08/30/2007 6:58:43 PM PDT by traumer
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To: joebuck
I have no idea what it’s talking about....but it’s probably Bush’s fault.

Bush and those damned SUVs.

Women and minorities hardest hit.

17 posted on 08/30/2007 6:59:49 PM PDT by kennedy
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To: DaveLoneRanger

ping


18 posted on 08/30/2007 7:00:42 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Teacher317

19 posted on 08/30/2007 7:04:16 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: jbp1

It sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo to me, and I love science/astronomy.

Wouldn’t it also take at least 2 days to examine one galaxy? Or can they identify its orientation within minutes?

I’m confused :/


20 posted on 08/30/2007 7:05:38 PM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: All

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, I love FReep. I’m dying laughing over here. No I don’t need an ambulance.


21 posted on 08/30/2007 7:09:54 PM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: jbp1
They are all heading toward


22 posted on 08/30/2007 7:11:19 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: colorcountry

God


23 posted on 08/30/2007 7:11:44 PM PDT by bannie
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To: jbp1
Where are they pointing?

They are pointing towards that large "hole" in the universe discovered a few weeks ago. Methinks God has something to do with it...

Just a guess.

5.56mm

24 posted on 08/30/2007 7:13:02 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: bannie

: )


25 posted on 08/30/2007 7:13:08 PM PDT by colorcountry (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. --Voltaire)
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To: colorcountry

:)


26 posted on 08/30/2007 7:13:50 PM PDT by bannie
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To: wastedyears

27 posted on 08/30/2007 7:14:55 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: jbp1


28 posted on 08/30/2007 7:16:56 PM PDT by capydick (What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?)
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To: jbp1

At a treed squirrel.


29 posted on 08/30/2007 7:18:19 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Teacher317

I used to be there, but I moved a few years ago :>)


30 posted on 08/30/2007 7:19:14 PM PDT by irishtenor (There is no "I" in team, but there are two in IDIOT.)
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To: mikrofon

“”200,000 Elliptical Galaxies Can’t Be Wrong”TM”

And 300,000,000 Chinese people can’t all be WONG either.

:0)


31 posted on 08/30/2007 7:21:48 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

LOL!


32 posted on 08/30/2007 7:23:13 PM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: capydick

Of course! How simple. I should have seen that at once. Thanks for clearing things up.


33 posted on 08/30/2007 7:23:31 PM PDT by irishtenor (There is no "I" in team, but there are two in IDIOT.)
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To: jbp1
I read a book a few years ago that talked about a few concepts of superstrings’ interactions with matter (strings). This sort of thing reminds me of a few basic models. This is not necessarily a function of the nature of space if it can attributed to an external force like a brane. I don’t really buy a lot of the general concepts that constitute string theory, m-theory, etc. This just reminds me of a few general ideas and I could see some people very excited about this. It’s at least very odd.
34 posted on 08/30/2007 7:24:27 PM PDT by kinoxi
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I have studied a sample of 200,000 elliptical galaxies with redshifts <0.20 from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to investigate whether they tend to have their ellipticities aligned along a particular axis.

Dude, you have WAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY too much time on your hands...

35 posted on 08/30/2007 7:24:27 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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elliptical galaxies - Google Search
Results 1 - 10 of about 1,610,000 for Elliptical Galaxies.

I picked one from Google to read or at least skim through it:
Structure and Dynamics of Elliptical Galaxies

36 posted on 08/30/2007 7:25:00 PM PDT by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF)
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To: jbp1

“Heaven this way!”-——————————>


37 posted on 08/30/2007 7:25:08 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: Bigh4u2

Ding, Dong...


38 posted on 08/30/2007 7:27:58 PM PDT by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF)
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To: jbp1

I have bookmarked this for later. Much, much later.


39 posted on 08/30/2007 7:29:14 PM PDT by mark3681
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There’s a hell of a big magnet out there someplace!


40 posted on 08/30/2007 7:30:11 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: Buddy B

“Ding, Dong...”

Who’s there?

:0)


41 posted on 08/30/2007 7:30:35 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: jbp1
I have studied a sample of 200,000 elliptical galaxies with redshifts <0.20 from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to investigate whether they tend to have their ellipticities aligned along a particular axis. The data show a 13 standard deviation signal for such an alignment. The axis is close to the spiral spin axis found previously and to that of the quadrupole and octopole moments in the WMAP microwave sky survey

Ah ! This is proof positive of global warming. Two billion Galaxies have joined us today to get the message out that we have to stop using SUV's

Buy your Carbon Credits from me at....

42 posted on 08/30/2007 7:30:40 PM PDT by Wil H (Islam translates to "submission", not "peace" - you can figure out the rest.)
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To: jbp1
And God Said

∇ • E = ρ / εo

∇ • B = 0

∇ x E = - ∂B/∂t

∇ x B = μoJ + μoεo∂E/∂t

And there was light

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
-- Galileo Galilei

43 posted on 08/30/2007 7:32:57 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: yield 2 the right

>>>>> Hey, your line points to the Right side, over here! >>>>> Oh, your line is pointing to the Scroll Bar. >>>>> Is that where we are to look?


44 posted on 08/30/2007 7:33:11 PM PDT by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF)
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To: jbp1
So

Do they point to the right or the left?

Just wondering.

Maybe it's important or something.

.

45 posted on 08/30/2007 7:39:12 PM PDT by R_Kangel ("Please insert witty tag-line here")
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bump for later read


46 posted on 08/30/2007 7:39:41 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: traumer

LOOK. TARGETS. YAH!


47 posted on 08/30/2007 7:41:11 PM PDT by JEC ((Pray for ALL our troops))
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To: jbp1

It’s a reverberative echo of Babe Ruth, calling his shot.


48 posted on 08/30/2007 7:44:30 PM PDT by Migraine (...diversity is great... until it happens to YOU...)
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To: jbp1

49 posted on 08/30/2007 7:45:17 PM PDT by mirkwood (Maine coast is nice tonight-63 degrees f)
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To: jbp1

I created a great thought problem for astronomers, which I call the “time machine game”.

Some inventive genius creates a time machine that can take him either into the past or into the future. But unlike science fiction time machines, this one *doesn’t* move through space as well. With all the different speeds and directions we are traveling through space on spaceship Earth, all at the same time, when he materializes, his time machine is a long way away from where he started, most likely high up in the sky or inside the Earth, after even just a few seconds.

This means that either going back in time a year, or going into the future a year, the time machine is going to materialize out in empty space, the planet Earth no longer being where it was a year ago, or having not yet arrived at where it is going to be in a year.

But the question is: in what direction, in the past, or in the future?

To make things easier, just disregard the daily turning of the Earth, and since it is exactly one year in either direction, it will be in the same relative position around the sun.

But you need to figure out what direction the solar system is moving through the galaxy, and the galaxy is moving through the universe, to figure out where the Earth, and thus the time machine, was a year ago, and where it will be in a year.

That is, from the point of view of Earth, right now, you should be able to draw two lines into space, pointing in whatever direction the Earth was a year ago, and will be in a year.

Interestingly, if the time machine could *also* move in time relative to its location also, like a science fiction time machine, using some creative math, you could travel around the galaxy in your time machine by going into the past and the future, then *not* travel as you go in the other direction in time.

That is, say traveling into the past until where you want to be is where you are; then traveling into the future *with* that point in space until you are back in the present, but say, on the other side of the galaxy, which is where you traveled to is, in the here and now.

But to win the game, you should be able to look into the night sky, in the general direction of some stars, and say that that relative direction was where Earth was a year ago, and look at some other stars and say, and that is the direction where we will be in a year.


50 posted on 08/30/2007 7:45:25 PM PDT by Popocatapetl
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