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TITLE: Stars Fall on Sandford FANDOM: Hot Fuzz AUTHOR: annlarimer… - Thanks, ants.
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From: ashenmote Date: March 10th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC) (linkage)

That's a lovely story!

Isn't it neat that they live in a place where you can see the stars?

I like where painting the room is placed in Danny's order of things. And I like the car alarms. And I didn't know about the monkey either, but I am not surprised. And I like the general mood. There's no doomsday mood like a British doomsday mood.


But if Betelgeuse would explode...we would know it in 5hundred years or some figure like that...but the astronomers would know it now, right? Somehow?
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: March 10th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Nope. Speed of light limits what we see. It could already have exploded and we wouldn't know until the light gets here. If it explodes right now, we won't see it for 4-500 years.

The further away an object is, the older our view of it. Our view of Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighboring star, is one of Proxima four-and-a-bit years ago. If the Proximans watch TV, they'll get the first episode of Lost around the end of this year, and probably start their invasion plans shortly after that.

And I'm totally wrong up there about the Earth to the Moon. It's more like a second and a half:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Distance_From_Earth_to_Moon_In_Light_Seconds.gif
*headdesk*
From: ashenmote Date: March 10th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC) (linkage)
In principle that makes sense but I thought with the help of big and futuristic gadgets and I don't know, electro-magnetic waves or something and by watching the movements of other stars nearby you could maybe trick your way around that limit.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: March 10th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Nope. All that stuff moves at the speed of light. It's very cool, but also kind of maddening.
From: ashenmote Date: March 10th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC) (linkage)
It kinda makes astronomy dusty and backwards.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: March 10th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Not at all. It's one of the things that lets us see the history of the universe. Also it keeps George Bush from invading other solar systems.
ide_cyan From: ide_cyan Date: March 11th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (linkage)
If the Proximans watch TV, they'll get the first episode of Lost around the end of this year, and probably start their invasion plans shortly after that.

Teee-hee-heee. OK, I'm not sure how the dig at Lost works (invading so that they can see how it ends? Punishment for the show's baffling narrative?), but: heeeee.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: March 11th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC) (linkage)
I'm not sure, either, but I just got the Season 1 set, which has three or four episodes I've never seen (INORITE?), and, well, Welcome to Mindfuck Island, Proximans!
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