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Android java developer newbie who tries to be as "agile" about it as I read be the current fashion.

I'm also interested in low level (c, assembler) programming of MCU IC's. Especially radio related (such as zigbee and low energy bluetooth).


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comment How could we observe Dyson spheres?
In the next couple of decades, within our lifetime hopefully, new telescopes will reveal ETI. Or severely constrain their existence. Finding "them" would be fantastic, of course. But finding nothing would also be revolutionizing. What makes us unique? If they are out there, why don't they cover stars to farm light? Maybe we are missing some basic physics or engineering here. My guess is that we will find them and that we will be disgusted by them. Horrible horrible "people" out there! We'll wish we never had a look at them. The night sky will never be the same again. Utterly disgusting! :-)
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comment How could we observe Dyson spheres?
Jason T Right is a guy who actually seems to have looked for them. Inconclusively of course, you would've known otherwise. He's a blogger and here's a talk he gave at SETI: seti.org/weeky-lecture/… "Covered stars" I think could still be very possibly undetected. There are more red dwarfs between you and the stars you see on the night sky, than there are stars you see.
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revised Would bacteria on incoming meteors burn before impacting?
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answered Would bacteria on incoming meteors burn before impacting?
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revised Could a space radio telescope fill multiple purposes?
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asked Could a space radio telescope fill multiple purposes?
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revised Can you explain the pattern of Hill sphere sizes of the objects of the Solar system?
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comment Is there an astronomy exam I can take?
A master in physics followed by a PhD when you can start to specialize in astrophysics. That's the normal way, and it only takes eight years or a little more normally. And I don't think it would be good to do all of it in Bangkok.
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asked How many astronomers are there in the world today?
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comment Sedna, VP113 and the likelihood of the PX/Tyche/Thelistos hypotheses
It would need to be in the direction of the Milky Way in order to have been confused with background stars up until today, if it is much larger than Mars. Attempts are planned to find microlensing of Oort cloud objects in the data from the Gaia space telescope.
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revised If we count Avogadro's Number of stars that are closest to Earth, how big that space would be?
Spelling of Afogadro
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answered Why does the Moon sometimes look Yellow?
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comment What can a lunar-based telescope do?
"There is a lot of dust kicked up when as meteoroid strikes." I doubt that! Exhaust from rocket engines during landing could be a problem, but if the telescope is uncovered after that, nothing will ever move on the Moon's surface.
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comment What can a lunar-based telescope do?
The Chinese Chang'e 3 lander has an ultraviolet telescope and a camera in operation on the Moon right now. Seems to do both cosmological and Solar/Earth science.
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comment Was the progress of astronomy in the 1800s surprisingly slow, and if so why?
I would recommend "A popular history of astronomy during the nineteenth century" by the female astronomer Agnes M. Clerke, published 1893-1902, for a pretty deep overview of astronomy in the 1800s. I couldn't imagine a more perfect answer to my question here! archive.org/details/popularhistoryof00clerrich
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accepted Telescope in Sun's gravity lens focus - pointing, gain, distortions
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accepted Can the Gaia telescope detect small temporarily captured asteroids near its Lagrange orbit?