The Sideways Locomotive Thread; Your Level of Patriotism, Hot Takes and Overall General Nonsense

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    "It would be best and most glorious poop clean up in the history of the world. The previous administration did nothing but cause this bunch of shit, but trust me, It will be clean and the virgin Mary would be honored to take a poop there."
     
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    Coolest news I've heard in the last couple of days.

    When a burst of gravitational waves was detected in the constellation Orion last month, several astronomers around the world thought their wish had come true.

    For several weeks, they had been watching Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky, on the chance it would explode in a phenomenon known as a supernova.


    “As soon as I got this alert of a burst, I did walk outside to see if Betelgeuse was still there,” said Andy Howell, an astronomer who studies supernovas at the Las Cumbres Observatory and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

    Betelgeuse was still there. The burst of gravitational waves turned out to be a coincidence. But the star has created a sense of suspense in the astronomy world, which is hoping to someday observe a nearby supernova in real time.

    The star, which forms the eastern “shoulder” of Orion, was first observed in December to be dimming. Astronomers are now closely watching the star to see if it’s about to return to its normal brightness – or if it will grow fainter.

    “There does not seem to be any sign of the dimming stopping,” said Richard Wasatonic, an astronomer at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, who was one of the first to notice the change in the star.

    “We are keeping a good eye on it,” Villanova astronomy professor Edward Guinan said.

    Guinan and Wasatonic have observed Betelgeuse (whose pronunciation is the subject of some debate in the Astronomy community) for more than 40 years. It’s classed as a “semiregular variable” star, and its patterns of dimming and then brightening again are well-known to astronomers. Wasatonic and Guinan’s report last year that the giant star was now fainter than they’d ever seen before sparked headlines suggesting Betelgeuse was about to explode. Then, late last month, Guinan and Wasatonic reported that Betelgeuse has continued to dim, so that it’s down to a third of its usual brightness, producing a very visible change in the constellation Orion.

    All the astronomers NBC News spoke to for this story admitted hoping that Betelgeuse would soon go supernova so they could witness such a spectacular phenomenon for themselves.

    Most supernovas are detected in distant galaxies. The incredibly violent explosion, which occurs when a giant star has finally run out of the fuel that fires its fusion reaction, briefly outshines all the rest of the stars in that galaxy put together. No one has ever seen a supernova nearby, and astronomers would be able to gain a tremendous amount of knowledge by closely observing the explosion and how it evolves over hours, days and years.

    Whenever Betelgeuse does blow up, its supernova will be like nothing else seen in our skies for thousands of years – a star-like blast that could be brighter than the moon.

    Although it’s about 700 light-years away – far enough to keep us safe from its radiation – Betelgeuse is relatively nearby in astronomical terms. It’s also about 700 times the size of our sun, with a radius roughly equivalent to the orbit of Jupiter.

    “It would be astounding,” Howell said. “No person alive today will have seen anything so glorious as what will happen when Betelgeuse blows up.”

    “You could see it in the daytime, it would cast shadows at night, everyone in the world who could see Orion would be able to see it,” he said. “It would transform people’s fascination with the night sky.”

    But the connection between the dimming of a star and its eventual explosion is tenuous at best.

    Astronomer Stella Kafka, the director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said there is no theory to connect the dimming of a star with its supernova, and no other supernovas are known to have been preceded by similar dimming.

    There is no doubt that Betelgeuse will explode as a supernova someday. It’s a red supergiant star near the end of its 10 million-year life cycle. But astronomers can’t say if that will happen tomorrow, or maybe in 100,000 years.

    “It is inevitable,” Guinan said. “The star is going to blow up. It has no other choice in physics. I just don’t think it is now. But I’m becoming less and less certain of that.”

    They suspect the dimming is caused by the growth of dark regions on the star’s surface – a bit like the sunspots on our own sun, but much larger.

    The dark regions on Betelgeuse grow and shrink periodically, and the current dimming may be related to that, Guinan said.

    And although there are signs that the dimming may be slowing, it could be that Betelgeuse doesn’t get brighter as expected – and that increases the chances, however slim, that it will explode as a supernova.

    “I think it is a low probability,” he said. “But it could.”
     
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    It's said that when it does go, it would be as bright as the full moon and we'd be able to see it in the middle of the day. That's pretty awesome.

    I saw a fact the other day. The light emitted from a supernova is 9 magnitudes brighter than what an atomic bomb's brightness would be if it exploded as it was pressed up against your eyeball.
     
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    As much as I want to see something like that happen hundreds/thousands of years ago, (speed of light), I feel for those beings that lived close to it, hundreds/thousands of years ago.

    What ever happens, already happened.
     
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    Techinally, those ppl around that sun, knew it was happening, and had enough knowledge to travel faster than the speed of light. They chose Earth as a...stage to watch it unfold, and those beings were what we call humans.
     
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    Bruh, Betelguese engulfed its planets millions of years ago. That area was a dead zone. I imagine anything left would have looked like the Mustafar system. Only droids and enemies of the state would be left.
     
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    but....did it kill a terrorist? I prefer supernovas that kill terrorists.
     
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    Superpower, supernova. tomato potato.
     
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    red jacket...green jacket
     
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    i see orange and purple
     
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    I will drive to your house and kick your ass for that.
     
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    Be careful. The roads are icy
     
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    traction control m'fer.
     
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    i love people
     
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    Humanity needs a good down-sizing.

    Not ME per se, but most.
     
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    Oh...you're solidly in the safe zone, but a few others on here...........
     
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    anybody else toss some vodka in there yeti cup on saturday mornings to make them even better?
     
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    On it!
     
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    Nope. I’m on my way downtown to ask for forgiveness for past centuries of abuse. I beg you to do the same.

     
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    wtf
     
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    The full video is on pornhub premium.
     
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    This thread is full of a bunch of dog faced pony soldiers.
     
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    stop flirting with me
     
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    Is that really a term to call someone?
     
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    11788 lurkeraspect84, Feb 10, 2020
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    Right? I wonder if the white ppl got any reparations off camera? Dude's a cuck and that had to be all set up for them to f*ck his wife. They could at least do that after him kissing their boots.

    *only have basic pornhub, just making a guess here.
     
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    Oh Amy, you slay me. Put down the books, and do what you were meant to do. Stand up comedy is your true calling in life.

     
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    Someone told her that joke.


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    Watching the perp run I was thinking of Chris Berman yelling “He could. Go. All . The. Way!jumpingsmile
     
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    The way the perp and the other cops ran, compared to the guy, they had to be female or midgets.

    In Liberty Kentucky, they used to have a sheriff named Carl Meece. The pig literally looked like Porky Pig. However, story tells, small, porky guy could shuffle his hooves faster than any human and could chase down anyone.
     
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    This is pretty great.
     
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    Smollett about to get punched in his very gay nards by federal prosecutors.
     
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    speaking of gay nards. I'm glad I'm married.the skanks Men and women i get hit only daily would surely ruin my life long streak of STD free.

    If I wasn't married...,I'd might consider some.

    top 2 reasons I don't sleep around, 1)wife,2) fear of my wife getting a std I brought home.
     
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    What’s the Valentine’s Day plans?

    I happen to have that as a combo with an anniversary. We’re going to Dallas for the weekend. Museums, Dealey Plaza and some other stuff are planned. DFW used to be home for me but my wife hasn’t really ever gotten to experience it beyond visiting family so this will be fun for her.

    By the way, if you’re trying to plan for dinner this weekend and you haven’t set a reservation yet then you are probably ****ed. I dropped the ball on this and didn’t start looking until last week. Literally every top tier restaurant in the Dallas area was booked all weekend long for Valentine’s Day.
     
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    told the wife, "if I don't come in 10 seconds, I'll let you keep going"
     
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    Me and my right hand are planning on having a great night alone at home
     

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