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Zachary
2004-Nov-15, 07:11 PM
On my astronomy calendar, the month of november shows a picture of the flame nebula with the following caption:



The flame nebula, which is 9 to 12 hundred miles from Earth, lies in the Orion molecular cloud complex...

Gee, maybe I'll drive down there for Christmas :lol:

Normandy6644
2004-Nov-15, 07:29 PM
Wow, that's closer than I am to my home in Florida! :D

Humphrey
2004-Nov-15, 07:31 PM
I think we have found the next babb reunion!

Captain Kidd
2004-Nov-15, 07:33 PM
I think we have found the next babb reunion!And a BBQ to boot! Mmmm, Flame Nebula kissed burgers.

sarongsong
2004-Nov-16, 01:10 AM
Dibs on the parking concession (http://www.astrocruise.com/flame.htm)!

Robert Andersson
2004-Nov-16, 07:54 PM
The flame nebula, which is 9 to 12 hundred miles from Earth, lies in the Orion molecular cloud complex...
The flame nebula (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990713.html) is something like 1500 light years from Earth, which corresponds to about 9 million billion or 9e15 miles (according to my converter (http://www.onlineconversion.com/length_all.htm)). How the heck can million billion be confused with hundred??? :roll:

Edit: embarrasing errors. Thanks Kullat Nunu

Kullat Nunu
2004-Nov-16, 08:13 PM
The flame nebula, which is 9 to 12 hundred miles from Earth, lies in the Orion molecular cloud complex...
The flame nebula (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990713.html) is something like 15 light years from Earth, which corresponds to about 9 million trillion miles (according to my converter (http://www.onlineconversion.com/length_all.htm)).

15 hundred light years -> 9000 million million miles = 9 quadrillion miles (US) = 9000 billion miles (Europe etc.).

Probably the caption text meant light years instead of miles. Not much difference. :lol:

Robert Andersson
2004-Nov-16, 10:20 PM
15 hundred light yearsOops, my mistake :oops:. Although, my calculation is based on 1500 ly. However, I also wrote trillion instead of billion. Can't we just switch to scientific notation, please? :)

(I'll go edit my post as to not mislead someone)