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The width of the Veil Nebula is 3 fingers

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View image | gettyimages.com So how does one calculate the width (in degrees) of any distant object – from say the Veil Nebula 2100 light years away to the width (in degrees) of that mountain just 21 miles away? Simple. But you will need a scientific calculator. Here’s one: http://web2.0calc.com/ Using the information given to you, […]

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The Veil Nebula. What’s a few trillion miles between friends?

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  Article Source: http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/space/article/NASA-s-Hubble-images-of-Veil-Nebula-supernova-6530074.php I believe someone’s math is incorrect in this article. I’m not spoiling the fun, just correcting the record. The image is truly breathtaking and wondrous! But Numeracy counts. :~) 63,000 just didn’t seem big enough, and I was right. Somebody’s calculation re: the width of the Veil Nebula is off by a […]

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Cat’s meow

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Albert Einstein: “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” Then again, Einstein was a bit of a wag. Consider his explanation of wireless communication: “The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail […]

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Darwin clan pretty special, I’d say

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  View image | gettyimages.com “As the earth and ocean were probably peopled with vegetable productions long before the existence of animals; and many families of these animals long before other families of them, shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic […]

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Cool English Town names

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Bognor Regis Beachy Head Royal Turnbridge Wells Snave Smarden Great Mongeham Foulness Island Pratfield Mortimer Bumbles Green Pilgrims Hatch Shellow Bowells Great Oxney Green Messing Cressing Walton on the Naze Preston Bissett Maids’ Moreton Hinton on the Hedges Rotherfield Peppard Related articles Bungling Hampshire hospital invites 99-year-old woman to maternity appointment The world’s sunniest destinations