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The Planets To Scale [Pic]

Hits: 12067 | Rating: (2.7) | Category: Science | Added by: fancylad
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5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24198 Posts
Friday, July 20, 2012 6:47:33 AM
@Angilion: The joke? I was making one!
I'm just saying that Mother Nature is more amazing than "science" gives her credit for.

At the time the "flexable wings" of various insects wasn't known. Flex-wings VASTLY improve the lifting power of bug wings, so YES (obviously) bumblebees CAN fly, we just didn't know EXACTLY how for a while.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11060 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 6:22:48 PM
It is physically impossible for bumblebees to fly.


No, it isn't. The claim that science shows that bumblebees aren't able to fly is a combination of lack of understanding, urban myth and people trying to undermine science for religious reasons. It stems from applying equations regarding the flight of aeroplanes to bees. An aeroplane-sized bee moving as slowly as a bee wouldn't be able to fly, which only proves that bees don't fly in the same way as aeroplanes. Hardly a surprise.


keith2
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2541 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:46:37 PM
The better to protect you from comets, my dear.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24198 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 1:48:23 PM
It is physically impossible for bumblebees to fly.
Just sayin: nature is way cooler than we imagine.

ALBATROS!

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33895 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 9:06:12 AM

pterodactyls didnt fly, they glided

Katsufumi Sato, a Japanese scientist, did calculations using modern birds and decided that it is impossible for a pterosaur to stay aloft. But in the book 'Posture, Locomotion, and Paleoecology of Pterosaurs' it is theorized that they were able to fly due to the oxygen-rich, dense atmosphere. Denser than what we have today.

However, both Katsufumi and the authors of the above book based their research on the now outdated theories of pterosaurs being seabird-like, and the size limit doesn't apply to terrestrial pterosaurs.

So, pterodactyls did so fly! Mostly I base this on my desire to believe they did :) Just like in the Flintstones.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11060 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 7:55:25 AM
pterodactyls didnt fly, they glided, angilion


I didn't know that. It fits their size, but they're rather over-winged for a flightless animal.

Hmm...now I'm going to look into it a bit. Were they actually incapable of true flight, like a hanglider, or were they capable of it but glided most of the time, like some of the larger birds today?

...

The prevailing opinion is that they were capable of true flight but glided most of the time. There's a lot of lift to be had from that much wing and there's evidence of a complex wing structure, like a bird's. There's some dissent on the basis that the biggest ones were just too heavy to fly, but it's not proven.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33895 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 7:10:40 AM

Sistarose
Female, 30-39, Australia
 372 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:51:20 AM
Dracuyla-not good Goatse without the ring.

Sistarose
Female, 30-39, Australia
 372 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:49:48 AM
Pluto the special needs kid of the solar system.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 11534 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:41:41 AM
Fancy, dude, even I can do better than that. It's like you're not even trying.



RoboPatton
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2425 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:44:59 AM
Uranus is pretty big. But you knew that, didn't you?

slimofswiv
Male, 30-39, Europe
 116 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 1:22:07 AM
pterodactyls didnt fly, they glided, angilion

HolyGod
Male, 30-39, Western US
 4830 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:10:29 PM
nicodemus

Not quite that many, unless you are crushing the earths up.

Ani187
Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 4532 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:02:03 PM
I don't accept this chart if it doesn't include Pluto.

nicodemus
Male, 40-49, Canada
 81 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 7:00:47 PM
You could fit 1.3 million Earths inside the Sun. Do I dare ask how many can fit up Uranus? :p

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11060 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:42:58 PM
Where's Pluto?


Same place as Pallas, Ceres, etc.

Not literally, obviously, but in the list of "things that were once classed as planets but aren't any more". Right next door to "other things that would have to be classed as planets if Pluto is". We'd be up to something like a couple of dozen planets if we did that.

There has to be some sort of line drawn to define what is and what isn't something. Otherwise, for example, every animal that flies could be classed as an eagle. Or a pterodactyl.

markust123
Male, 40-49, Western US
 3784 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:17:04 PM
Damn, all the good uranus jokes are taken.

HolyGod
Male, 30-39, Western US
 4830 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:16:06 PM
itzazoom

"the sun is ~ 20x bigger than lil jupy, so if this is 500 pixels large the sun would be around 10,000 pixels"

Your math is off.

The Sun's diameter is 865,000 miles.
Jupiter's diameter is 88,700 miles.

That's 9.75 times larger, not 20. So if this is 500 pixels the sun would be 4,875 pixles, not 10,000.


Burton_Ian
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 809 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 2:21:25 PM
Hmm so the four rocky planets can all fit inside uranus...

Neat

Angelmassb
Male, 18-29, S. America
 15498 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:24:45 PM
I can see now which was one of the classes Fancy used to skip

ScottSerious
Male, 18-29, Western US
 5329 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:15:21 PM
which one of you is going to ask where the sun is.

itzazoom
Male, 18-29, Europe
 182 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:44:59 PM
the sun is ~ 20x bigger than lil jupy, so if this is 500 pixels large the sun would be around 10,000 pixels (something between 5 and 10 screens across depending on your resolution)
talk about big

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 12019 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:07:32 PM
Be thankful it's a big as it is... makes for a rather handy space-hoover for us.

iGamer
Male, 18-29, Western US
 163 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 11:59:41 AM
Poor Pluto, I'll always consider you a planet, regardless of what Neil Tyson DeGrasse says

ajd121
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 577 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 11:43:19 AM
Meh Jupiter is all gas, if it was solid like the Earth then I would be impressed.

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