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Solar System Simulator [20100609|15:11]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I was making a talk for a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshop for teachers that I'm running tomorrow, and it reminded me to tell you all about a fabulous toy.

It's the Solar System Simulator.

Imagine you're standing on Jupiter tomorrow morning at 10 AM. Being a naturally inquisitive space traveler, you're squizzing at Saturn through your telescope and thinking, hey, where's Cassini?

Since you happen to have a truly rockin wireless connection, you plug in your preferences to the Simulator and press Run, and bingo! You now know where to look (in the plane of the rings, a ways off to the right).

Go on, give it a go here. See if you can resist having a look at where Voyager 1 is now, when viewed from Earth (I recommend a 120 degree field-of-view).

[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-06-09 15:17 (UTC)
Oh, if ONLY I had a kickass connection. That doth rock.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-11 10:52 (UTC)
Well, you don't need a rockin connection to use the web site from Earth. It's not a bandwidth hog.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-06-09 19:48 (UTC)
Wow. I'll show it to Jim tonight. If by tomorrow you're bombarded by thousands of gushing comments from your fanboys at Advanced EHF, just remember it's only because you were awesome for sharing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-11 10:53 (UTC)
Perhaps one of these days I should do a linkspam post with all of the cool web-based science toys I have bookmarked.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-06-10 01:34 (UTC)
How cool!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-11 10:55 (UTC)
Yes! BTW, that cloud in your icon always makes me think of a pufferfish, which reminds me of being a child in Honolulu and going to Hanauma Bay on Saturday mornings to snorkel. I used to bring a bag of frozen peas to feed them. Watching a pufferfish attempt to eat a pea is a hilarious sight.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-06-11 13:30 (UTC)
I've been to Hanauma Bay! It's very pretty, and a nice place for beginning snorklers. How fun/funny to feed them peas!
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From: pbristow
2010-06-12 13:37 (UTC)
"See if you can resist having a look at where Voyager 1 is now, when viewed from Earth (I recommend a 120 degree field-of-view)."

Nope, I couldn't resist. =:o}

And then I needed to rty and interpret what I was seeing, so...

Voyager 1 as seen from Pluto:   Nothing to see but Charon.

Pluto as seen from Voyager:   Waitaminit, that's showing the entire solar system in miniature. Shurely shome Mishtake.
Hang on...

Earth as seen from Voyager 1 (30 degree view):  ... [JAW DROP]

Man, that thing has travelled a *long way*!   =8oO

Edited at 2010-06-12 01:41 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-16 11:43 (UTC)
Imagine if it had a Twitter account. "I'M OUTSIDE YR SOLAR SYSTEM, BEIN A SECURITY RISK."


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