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For any science/space buffs out there, there are some really great shots from Messenger - doing a fly-by of the planet Mercury.

This is a pic of the previously unseen side:


Hi res shots here: http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/scienc...hp?gallery_id=2

Makes me wish I followed into the science field. I find it so amazing now that I am older.

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The University of Toronto is trying to sell of the land that the observatory sits on. :censored:

The Royal Ontario Museum used to have a planetarium, but now it is mothballed and they are trying to put up a 45 storey condo there.

I think video games and Star Trek Next Generation killed interest for a lot of young 'uns for astronomy. How's that for irony? I mean, who wants to crawl to Mercury when Captain Picard has been half-way across the galaxy and back!

I used to be a big astronomy freak. I once fancied myself to be an astrophysicist one day (now I can barely spell it!), until I realized in grade 12 calculus that my math stank to high hell. Still, one of my class mates is a big shot physicist/lawyer working in California, and another of my buddies is a hot shot SF writer.

Sigh, if only I had kept up my studies, kept my willy in my pants and stayed in university.

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I so wish I could see planets in space! I love this stuff... I think it's beautiful. I just wish there were color images!

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