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Grant Buchanan

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2018, 02:28:10 AM »
Mars would be my choice.

Daniel Ferguson

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2018, 06:04:14 AM »
Jupiter as we could build a Space station on Europa that could house a Hydrogen plant in order to make rocket fuel to get us out of the solar system

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2018, 11:26:13 PM »
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According to the collective brain cell, Pluto ain't a planet......

No, according to the IAU, a private organization of scientists with no more authority to classify the universe than the owner of a 7-11 franchise, Pluto ain't a planet. They're entitled to an opinion. But there's no reason to accept it. Most 7-11 owners are craftier and more experienced than most IAU member scientists anyway.

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2018, 04:58:11 AM »
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Jupiter as we could build a Space station on Europa that could house a Hydrogen plant in order to make rocket fuel to get us out of the solar system

It's actually easier to generate and contain a mini black hole to power extra-solar-system spacecraft.

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2018, 10:00:23 PM »
Interesting question. I think it would be a tie for all of the planets to see them from an up close position--maybe with the exception of Venus. You could not see much surface detail, even if hovering close to the planet.

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2018, 11:58:15 PM »
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According to the collective brain cell, Pluto ain't a planet......


Yea, about as much as ain't ain't a word!

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2018, 12:24:20 AM »
The moon already lights up enough nights each month so that you can't observe DSOs, I don't really want another bright nearby celestial object.

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2018, 10:26:35 PM »
Mars for me. It's a tantalizing s-o-b.

Half the time it looks like an out of focus orange tennis ball. Then when the conditions are good, it shows us its 'boring side'.

Those times when it is sufficiently close, in good seeing, and showing its 'fun side' are too few and far between.

The fact that you can see ice caps, atmosphere, a giant volcano and giant canyon (I have not yet seen either) make it rather fascinating.

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2018, 09:58:16 AM »
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Jupiter as we could build a Space station on Europa that could house a Hydrogen plant in order to make rocket fuel to get us out of the solar system

It's actually easier to generate and contain a mini black hole to power extra-solar-system spacecraft.

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Yeah if you have a ship on a certain Canadian show called Dark Matter or you are Princess Alura of Altea

Gabriel Green

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 06:32:36 PM »
Mars, if only because it would make it much easier for scientists to learn more about how our solar system evolved, and possible discover life.

From a purely visual point of view, Saturn (but not so close that it takes up the whole sky, just something along the lines of the angular size of the Andromeda Galaxy would be fine.

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2018, 02:30:08 PM »
I'd like to see the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds closer and in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2018, 02:54:52 PM »
Earth, definitely.

Sean Lee

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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2018, 11:07:31 PM »
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Earth, definitely.
How much closer were you hoping to get exactly?
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Re: which planet would you choose
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2018, 01:03:04 AM »
Earth would probably be the most interesting to observe from a distance of any of the planets, so if I could get myself in orbit and observe earth - that would be my choice. But given the current constraints, I guess I'd say Jupiter. Yes, it presents well already, but there is so much more detail to be seen.

That said, if we could get the orion nebula or some other star formation region ~50 light years away instead of ~1300, that would be the best. The nebula would take up something like 30 degrees of the sky...