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Posers and Puzzles

  1. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '05 16:15
    My hats off to anyone who gets this one.
    There is a sphere centered on the sun, (like Sol, our own star, ok?)
    the diameter of this sphere is over 200 billion miles across.
    What is it? I won't give hints now, but if everyone is stumped, I
    can give some.
  2. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    06 Jul '05 16:31
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    My hats off to anyone who gets this one.
    There is a sphere centered on the sun, (like Sol, our own star, ok?)
    the diameter of this sphere is over 200 billion miles across.
    What is it? I won't give hints now, but if everyone is stumped, I
    can give some.
    The Galactic Fun Zone?
  3. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '05 16:41
    Originally posted by PBE6
    The Galactic Fun Zone?
    boy you have to try harder than that! Besides, the galaxy, I have
    heard, is a lot bigger than that, would hope the galaxy fun zone
    would be too.
  4. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '05 16:42
    BTW for a small hint, you won't find this in many books, I figured
    it out on my own, so good luck!
  5. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    06 Jul '05 16:57
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    BTW for a small hint, you won't find this in many books, I figured
    it out on my own, so good luck!
    Give us a better hint. What kind of object/concept are you talking about?
  6. Standard member The Plumber
    Leak-Proof
    06 Jul '05 17:23
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    My hats off to anyone who gets this one.
    There is a sphere centered on the sun, (like Sol, our own star, ok?)
    the diameter of this sphere is over 200 billion miles across.
    What is it? I won't give hints now, but if everyone is stumped, I
    can give some.
    Is this related to the sun's gravitational field?
  7. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '05 17:26
    Here is one: Its not necessarily matter but it might include matter.
  8. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '05 17:26
    Originally posted by The Plumber
    Is this related to the sun's gravitational field?
    getting warm
  9. 06 Jul '05 17:53 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    getting warm
    The Solar system is too small and the Oort Cloud is too far away.
  10. 06 Jul '05 18:21
    of course it is a route on what earth travels around sun.


  11. 06 Jul '05 18:53 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Jusuh
    of course it is a route on what earth travels around sun.


    1 Astronomical Unit (AU) = mean distance of Earth from Sun = 92 million miles approximately.
  12. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '05 19:29
    Originally posted by THUDandBLUNDER
    The Solar system is too small and the Oort Cloud is too far away.
    yep, but its the largest "feature" in the solar system. I think
    most astronomers think the largest feature is the magnetic
    field of Jupiter but 200 bill+ dwarfs that for sure.
  13. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '05 19:30
    Originally posted by Jusuh
    of course it is a route on what earth travels around sun.


    only off by three orders of magnitude.
  14. Standard member Daemon Sin
    I'm A Mighty Pirateā„¢
    06 Jul '05 19:34
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    getting warm
    Is it the range of radiation emitted by the sun?
  15. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '05 20:04
    Originally posted by Daemon Sin
    Is it the range of radiation emitted by the sun?
    The "range" of radiation of the sun extends WAY past that distance.
    It(radiation) is said to affect the orbital trajectory of comets in the
    Oort cloud, which may extend a trillion miles.
    I did a calculation of the energy hitting the earth from Sirius a few
    years ago and found it amounted to over 13 MEGAwatts spread out
    over the whole surface of the earth. The numbers go like this:
    you aim a light meter at Sirius (brightest star in the sky, 8 LY from
    earth) and it says we get 9.8E-9 watts per square foot near earth.
    For the purpose of calculation, the earth can be considered a
    disk, so a disk roughly 8,000 miles in diameter is 64 million square
    miles times 0.78 (PI R^2) is about 50 million square miles, times
    640 (acres/square mile) times 43,600 (square feet in an acre) and
    you come up with about 1.4E15 square feet of collecting area on earth
    that would always face Sirius times by 9.8E-9 = 13+ Megawatts.
    Of course that is orders of magnitude lower than the power from the
    sun (126 w/ft^2 X 1.4E15 square feet= 1.8E17 watts hitting the earth
    from the sun, about 150 BILLION times more than from Sirius
    but it shows that power goes a long distance. 13 megawatts on the
    earth from a distance of 8 Light Years.