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Source: (consider it) Thread: Circus: Knockout Quiz 2008
PataLeBon
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I pick Dysnomia (previously known as Gabrielle) which orbits Eris (previously known as Xena).

It orbits at a distance of 37,370 plus or minus 150...

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I like to think of the exploration of space as a romantic journey, astral bodies have such evocative names - Pluto, Charon, and 40233.1 miles from Pluto one of its smaller moons, S/2005 P1 ...

(They did have a rethink and rename it Hydra, to go with the underworld a little later. The accurate distance is in the Hydra link.)

[ 29. September 2008, 22:29: Message edited by: Doublethink ]

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quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I'll choose Charon, which apparently orbits Pluto at a distance of roughly 19,640km.

I hate to be pedantic already, but Pluto is no longer a planet.

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I pick this, of questionable taste, moon (very blurry but possibly not safe for work) which orbits 1.5 metres above the earth or 2.5 km around the local mall.

Actually, upon reflection, it is not of questionable taste. It's actually a bad taste moon.

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jedijudy

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Perhaps I should get Luke Skywalker to check out Mimas. It orbits 185,520 kilometers above the surface of Saturn.

[different word]

[ 29. September 2008, 22:47: Message edited by: jedijudy ]

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PataLeBon
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quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I'll choose Charon, which apparently orbits Pluto at a distance of roughly 19,640km.

I hate to be pedantic already, but Pluto is no longer a planet.
Pluto is a dwarf planet.

There are now 8 major and 2 minor...

Yeah, I don't get it either, but *shrug*

Pluto a planet?

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Liberty

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Button Moon! Now, surprisingly there is very little data about precisely how far away Button Moon is from "home" (Mr Spoon's planet that Button Moon orbits).

I do have an assignment for University due. BUT no fear, I have been researching this instead.

It would appear from the many pieces of information available on youtube that I can make a visual estimation. At the end of this clip you can see that from "home" Button Moon still appears quite large. Having placed a largish button at one end of my hallway and walked backwards until the button appeared the same size as Button Moon, I would conclude that there is approximately a 2 metre distance.

As I am a fair and rational person, I understand that my answer is not as precise as others, and therefore if the median average turns out to be anywhere between 1 and 5 metres I will accept that I will be eliminated. This possibility, you will be pleased to know, will not keep me up at night.

For those of you interested this clip demonstrates the origins of Button Moon, and how the flying wok was foiled.

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PataLeBon
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quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
I pick Dysnomia (previously known as Gabrielle) which orbits Eris (previously known as Xena).

It orbits at a distance of 37,370 plus or minus 150...

Rereading can be a good thing...

Those numbers are in km if anyone cares.. [Biased]

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I'll go with Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter which has a mean orbital radius of 1070400 km. It's one of the least eccentric moons out there... in the technical geometric sense, of course!

He was also cup bearer to the gods in Greek mythology. I feel a certain affinity to him, as I once served a glass of wine to Boy George.

(the ship doesn't seem to like wiki articles)

[ 30. September 2008, 21:26: Message edited by: Chorister ]

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OK, so hopefully there's nothing for the pedant in my pick. I choose Ganymede (that's a view from the surface, apparently), because it's got a funky-sounding name, and because it's mean orbital radius is 1.07 million kilometres.

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Raaah!

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I choose the moon in this picture. It is about 6inches from the surface of the planet in the picture. It is also about 6 feet from the surface of earth.

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My moon is Callisto - 1,070,000 km from Jupiter.

Callisto was discovered by Galileo in 1610, and named after one of Jupiter's many lovers from Greek mythology. She's got some mileage on her, and shows the highest density of impact craters in the Solar System. For an old lady, she's still a beauty. I read somewhere that Harrison Ford lives there.

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quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
My moon is Callisto - 1,070,000 km from Jupiter.

Umm...

Are you sure?

I'll try again with Deimos, which is Mars' other moon. It orbits at 23,459 km from the planet.

If anyone cross-posts the same answer this time, I'll.... [Mad]

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The Great Gumby

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quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I'll choose Charon, which apparently orbits Pluto at a distance of roughly 19,640km.

I hate to be pedantic already, but Pluto is no longer a planet.
I anticipated that objection. Quizmaster said that we had to choose an orbiting mass commonly known as a moon. Charon undoubtedly fits the bill. The second sentence assumes that any orbiting mass commonly known as a moon orbits a planet, or at least that's how I read it. And as PataLeBon observed, Pluto is classified as a dwarf planet (not to be confused with minor planets, which are basically asteroids). It may have been kicked off the top table, but it doesn't deserve to be ignored.

The Campaign for Rights for All Planets starts here!

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ephemera
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quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
My moon is Callisto - 1,070,000 km from Jupiter.

Umm...

Are you sure?


[Hot and Hormonal] I'll try again with Callisto at 1,883,000 km from Jupiter. I somehow transposed something or other and ended up 813,000 km off. [Hot and Hormonal] does that qualify for stupidity points? I don't think I can earn any kind of points at all as I am a member of the undead...we can post but it means nothing. Thanks for your help.

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PataLeBon
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quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
The Campaign for Rights for All Planets starts here!

Hear, hear!! No planet deserves to be discriminated against no matter what it's size. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
The Campaign for Rights for All Planets starts here!

Hear, hear!! No planet deserves to be discriminated against no matter what it's size. [Big Grin]
Are you saying that size doesn't matter? [Biased]

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quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
Raaah!

Great minds, Dave.

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fletcher christian

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I choose my Korean friend Soon Duk Moon, who orbits the planet (admitedly on an airplane) at least once a year at a distance of approx 30,000 feet from earth.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
And as PataLeBon observed, Pluto is classified as a dwarf planet...

Just to muddy the waters further*, this article from CNN and this discussion both raise the question of whether Pluto and Charon are in fact a binary planet.

However, this page on Wikipedia says that an official decision was never reached, so our enquiring minds will have to fret impatiently until the astronomers can be bothered to make a decision.

* despite appearances, I'm only posting this because I found it interesting: I'm not trying to contest your entry.

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I pick my old vinyl recording of a rock & roll version of that old jazz classic MOON OVER MIAMI by Bill Haley & His Comets. It orbits about 4 feet off the surface of my living room floor at a rate of 45 rpm.

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I will ally myself with the moon phoebe which orbits Saturn at a distance of 12,952,000 km.

I like the name Phoebe, that's why I chose it.

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I'm going with one of Jupiter's 63 [Eek!] moons named Eukelade because it sound similar to eukelele.

It is 4 km in diameter and is 24,557,295 km from its planet.

And, not pertinent to the QM's question, its orbit is 237 days. That's pretty fast little sucker!

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Chorister

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Ah well, it's the first time I've been knocked out so early in the competition, so I can't complain too much. [Razz]

Just to show there's no hard feelings, here's a very special gnome moon - a present for Quizmaster's garden.

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The Rogue
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I understand that in space objects actually orbit each other rather than the smaller orbitting the larger. Therefore I will go for the Sun which is, if I remember correctly, about one AU above the Earth.

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I pick Caliban which orbits 7.2 million km from Uranus. He (?) also has a number S/1997 U 1, but I think a name is so much nicer.

And I am orbiting several inches off the floor because I have printed out and given draft copies of my first 3 dissertation chapters to my committee!!

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Angel Wrestler
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quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
I pick Caliban which orbits 7.2 million km from Uranus. He (?) also has a number S/1997 U 1, but I think a name is so much nicer.

And I am orbiting several inches off the floor because I have printed out and given draft copies of my first 3 dissertation chapters to my committee!!

Congratulations! [Yipee] I'm delighted for you. What's it on?

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I choose Rhea which orbits Saturn at 527040km. I chose it because it is the only moon to have a ring system!

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PataLeBon
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quote:
Originally posted by Rugmaker:
quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
The Campaign for Rights for All Planets starts here!

Hear, hear!! No planet deserves to be discriminated against no matter what it's size. [Big Grin]
Are you saying that size doesn't matter? [Biased]
Some things are good in small packages. [Big Grin]

(Can't spell...sigh...)

[ 30. September 2008, 22:41: Message edited by: PataLeBon ]

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Darn it, I have a decision to make.

I think one of you weirdos is going this time.

Take 24 hours while I formulate a decision.

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rugasaw
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quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Ah well, it's the first time I've been knocked out so early in the competition, so I can't complain too much. [Razz]

Just to show there's no hard feelings, here's a very special gnome moon - a present for Quizmaster's garden.

And I guesstimate that it is in a geosynchronous orbit of 4 inches.

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quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Darn it, I have a decision to make.

I think one of you weirdos is going this time.

Take 24 hours while I formulate a decision.

Weirdos? Us? [Angel]

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Weirdos? Why thank, QM, for that lovely compliment!

AngelWrestler, I am looking at the impact of clergy sexual abuse on survivors...using a between groups comparison model.

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Knocked out for not naming the moon in his picture:
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ROUND NINE : WEATHER FORECAST

I need a bit of a breather to catch up on SMART and other points so this time round you have to predict the weather in Exeter (UK) next Tuesday.

This round is based on the following page:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/sw/exeter_forecast_weather.html


You must post all of the following: TIME, TEMPERATURE, WIND DIRECTION, WIND SPEED, WIND GUST and VISIBILITY.

I will match your entry with the relevant time on Tuesday 7th October and you get a point for every degree out, a point for every compass notch out, a point for every mile per hour out, and the tiebreaker will be visibility. Lowest score wins.
Highest score is eliminated.

You have until midnight on Thursday 2nd October UK time to post your entry.

Good Luck.

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The Weather? Oh my giddy aunt whatever next?

I hae just worked out with the assistance of This time converter that I have until approx 8.55 am Brisbane time on 3/10/2008 to post before it is midnight in London on 2/10/2008.

Everybody synchronize your watches....

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TIME: 12:00 (midday)
TEMPERATURE: 15 C
WIND DIRECTION: NNW
WIND SPEED: 16 mph
WIND GUST: 20 mph
VISIBILITY: very good

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Ah, what a wunder-ful world we live in, where this kind of information is available at our fingertips in just seconds!

And now for my atmospheric prognostications...

TIME: 2:00 p.m.
TEMPERATURE: 18° C
WIND DIRECTION: SW
WIND SPEED: 32 km/h
WIND GUST: 40 km/h
VISIBILITY: 8 km

and I'll add, just for good measure...
CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION: 70%

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I can't seem to find any data that would be easy to crunch, and I'll just make a reasonable guess.

TIME: 1300
TEMPERATURE: 14° C
WIND DIRECTION: NW
WIND SPEED: 15 mph
WIND GUST: 30 mph
VISIBILITY: Good

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quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
<snippet> you get a point for every degree out, a point for every compass notch out, a point for every mile per hour out...</snippet>

I didn't think about this until after I posted; I just assumed since we were predicting the weather in Exeter I should use metric.

So now I have to ask, QM: are you going to be adjusting the points if we posted in kph instead of mph? I'm guessing it will be only fair for any of us who are off the mark to have more points taken away when we predict windspeed in kilometers per hour, right? Or should I just repost my windspeed predictions in mph to make your life easier? [Angel]

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Time:2.30pm
Temperature:14 dgs c
Wind Speed:19 mph
Wind Direction:from SSE 165dgs
Wind Gust:21 mph
Visibility:clear, but a bit of rain could cause some spray on the roads

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Time: 1300
Temperature: 11 C
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Speed: 20 mph
Wind Gust: 25 mph
Visability: Poor

Like I know anything about weather in England, but I can try!! [Big Grin]

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TIME: 7:30 PM
TEMP: 55 F
WIND DIRECTION: Out of the NW (headed SW)
WIND SPEED: 10 mph.
GUSTS: 15 mph
VISIBILITY: fair

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Angel Wrestler
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quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
Ah, what a wunder-ful world we live in, where this kind of information is available at our fingertips in just seconds!

[Overused] Thanks, Chickiegirl! I couldn't have done it without you.

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TIME: 12 noon
TEMPERATURE: 13 degrees C
WIND DIRECTION: S
WIND SPEED: 18mph
WIND GUSTS: 28mph
VISIBILITY: poor


ij x

edited to add: you can get good long range info here!

[ 01. October 2008, 23:54: Message edited by: icklejen ]

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quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
Time: 1300
Temperature: 11 C
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Speed: 20 mph
Wind Gust: 25 mph
Visability: Poor

Like I know anything about weather in England, but I can try!! [Big Grin]

England I thought the QM was talking about Exeter
Missouri.

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(Parousia; Pre-eschaton)
TIME: 4 pm
TEMPERATURE: 13 degrees C
WIND DIRECTION: NW
WIND SPEED: 16mph
WIND GUSTS: 28mph
VISIBILITY: very good

(Eschaton)
TIME: for all time
TEMPERATURE: 1300+ degrees C
WIND DIRECTION: up
WIND SPEED: 160+ mph
WIND GUSTS: 280+ mph
VISIBILITY: very red, many pitchforks

Yes QM, I am disparaging your character [Razz]

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TIME: 0700
TEMPERATURE: 9 deg C
WIND DIRECTION: WSW
WIND SPEED: 27 mph
WIND GUST: 47 mph
VISIBILITY: very good

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Chorister

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Judging by the crazy weather we've been getting in Creamtealand recently, I reckon that in Exeter next Tuesday the weather will look like this. [Paranoid]


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