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E. Q. Taft 14 July 2015 11:02 PM

Uranus might be full of surprises
 
Scientists used to think that things were pretty chill over in the south hemisphere of Uranus. In fact, they thought it was one of the calmest regions of any of the gas giants. But in analyzing images taken nearly three decades ago by NASA's Voyager-2 spacecraft, researchers think they've found a kerfuffle of activity — which might indicate that there's something unusual about the planet's interior.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/s...-of-surprises/

(It's a serious science article! Stop giggling!) :p

E. Q. Taft 14 July 2015 11:04 PM

(Whoops, meant to put this in Techno-Babble. Apologies)

Ieuan ab Arthur 15 July 2015 04:59 PM

"Uranus might be full of surprises" - snerk!

55 years old, 5 years old, what's the difference? :fish:

Ta ra 'wan,

Ieuan "You're only young twice" ab Arthur

TallGeekyGirl 15 July 2015 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by E. Q. Taft (Post 1879539)
(Whoops, meant to put this in Techno-Babble. Apologies)

You gotta be careful where you put Uranus!

:D

GenYus234 15 July 2015 05:30 PM

You all might think this a fun game, but whole threads have been hijacked like this.

Not_Done_Living 15 July 2015 06:03 PM

Its true -- Uranus is a Gas Giant -=-

TallGeekyGirl 15 July 2015 06:11 PM

I'm sorry... I'll stop playing with Uranus...

:D

Amigone201 15 July 2015 07:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GenYus234 (Post 1879632)
You all might think this a fun game, but whole threads have been hijacked like this.

I'm pretty sure we're there already.

Alarm 15 July 2015 07:53 PM

I thought I saw something about there being things in the southern hemisphere of Uranus...

:fish:

and it wasn't cling-ons...
:lol:

Psihala 15 July 2015 09:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GenYus234 (Post 1879632)
You all might think this a fun game, but whole threads have been hijacked like this.

Entire threads have been hijacked for less than this.

~Psihala

E. Q. Taft 16 July 2015 08:34 PM

"I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.."

"Oh. What's it called now?"

"Urectum!"

TallGeekyGirl 16 July 2015 08:52 PM

My high school science teacher nipped this problem in the bud and would only ever refer to this planet as "the 7th planet." :lol:

WildaBeast 16 July 2015 09:12 PM

Last night's episode of Nova about the New Horizons space probe seemed like they were trying to get around that problem by using the other pronunciation. Because making it sound kind of like "urine us" is so much better.

1958Fury 16 July 2015 09:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WildaBeast (Post 1879789)
Because making it sound kind of like "urine us" is so much better.

If you have a bad enough Southern drawl it sounds like "You're an ass". I swear this planet is just doomed.

TallGeekyGirl 16 July 2015 09:21 PM

The only solution aside from renaming the planet is a more Greek pronunciation, something like oo-RAH-noss.

GenYus234 16 July 2015 09:34 PM

What about being grownups about the fact that a name for something also sounds like a reference to a body part?

Or were you talking about solutions that could actually happen? :p

TallGeekyGirl 16 July 2015 09:50 PM

Please! Let's be realistic about this! :lol:

smittykins 17 July 2015 02:21 AM

The way the topic title was truncated on the main page, I was kind of hoping Uranus would be full of something else beginning with "s". :D

Amigone201 17 July 2015 04:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1958Fury (Post 1879791)
If you have a bad enough Southern drawl it sounds like "You're an ass". I swear this planet is just doomed.

Not as doomed as Uranus.

WildaBeast 17 July 2015 04:17 AM

This thread prompted me to go to Wikipedia, where I found myself giggling at phrases like "Pierre Lemonnier observed Uranus at least twelve times between 1750 and 1769,<sup id="cite_ref-24" class="reference">[20]</sup> including on four consecutive nights." (If you know what I mean.)

I completely lost it when I got to "Exploration of Uranus". (Oh my)


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