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Old 01-22-2009, 07:24 AM   #21
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Default Re: The Universe is around 13 billion years old.

Oh! That's a lot of calculations
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:41 AM   #22
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Indeed. It's hard to believe that enough data really existed to make the determination for sure. Scientists like to make statements before they really have all the evidence in; they don't want to be scooped by someone else and lose their funding. We will probably be continuing to analyze data for centuries to make sure.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:46 AM   #23
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Default Re: The Universe is around 13 billion years old.

Then saying that the universe is 13 billion years old is not accurate....yet
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:17 PM   #24
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Well, I'm not sure how accurate it is, having not examined all the data personally. It's probably pretty close. But then again, scientists always think they are right until some other evidence comes along to prove them wrong. I would guess that if and when we get data from outside the solar system, in interstellar space, for example, or even better, intergalactic space, things will look slightly different. But that's going to take a while.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:29 PM   #25
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I would guess that if and when we get data from outside the solar system, in interstellar space, for example, or even better, intergalactic space, things will look slightly different.
What do you the call Hubble Deep Field, if not intergalatic space?
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:39 PM   #26
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I meant putting probes and radio telescopes into deep space. Hubble is just in orbit around the Earth. And of course putting something in intergalactic space is going to take thousands of years just to get there, unless we develop hyperspace or something.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:43 PM   #27
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Default Re: The Universe is around 13 billion years old.

And I bet that we haven't yet invented a probe or telescope that can reach deep space. It will probably take plenty of years before probes are perfected.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:29 PM   #28
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One of our probes, once it had finished its primary mission out near Jupiter and Saturn etc. veered off into interplanetary space. It was Voyager or Galileo, I forget. So we can put stuff into interplanetary space anytime we want to, we just can't control them and necessarily get data back. But I think NASA is working on it.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:35 AM   #29
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We are still receiving data from Voyager, despite it heading out of the solar system some time ago. The only problem is that there is a horrendous time lag between us receiving the signal and when it is transmitted.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:07 PM   #30
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Excellent. When is Voyager due to reach another solar system? Several hundred or thousand years hence?
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:09 PM   #31
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I have no idea, but a rough guess is that around 1300 years from now it will reach Alpha Centauri.
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Is that the direction it's heading?
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:16 AM   #33
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Probably not, I have no idea.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:17 AM   #34
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Default Re: The Universe is around 13 billion years old.

So this probe is out of our solar system and we don't know where it is going and we are not recieving the information sent by it. What good is that?
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We are still receiving data from Voyager, despite it heading out of the solar system some time ago. The only problem is that there is a horrendous time lag between us receiving the signal and when it is transmitted.
And the scientists in charge presumably kno where it's going, though I don't.
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this seems like a Seekers of Truth topic to me...
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this seems like a Seekers of Truth topic to me...
..which inevitably gets lost in the discussion of other things.
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