1020: "Orion Nebula"

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1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby jpk » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:12 am UTC

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Secondary joke: "Also on the agenda: What's with his hips?"

Orion Has a Dong is the name of my new band...
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1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Joepat » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:13 am UTC

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Alt text: "Also on the agenda: What's with his hips?"

I've never noticed the dong thing, but his hips are weird, you've got to admit. Then again, not much we can do about it.
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1020: Orion Nebula

Postby planet4589 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:14 am UTC

I didn't see this talk on the program! I would have reigstered otherwise...
Maybe it's not too late to get to Tokyo....
I agree it's time we professionals stopped using the euphemism of "sword", every time
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Halrandir » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:15 am UTC

Two seconds late in posting my own thread, which I only was compelled to create this one time because holy bejeezus THIS HAS ALWAYS BOTHERED ME AND NO ONE EVER BELIEVED ME. *cry*
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:17 am UTC

I think I've heard a theory that ancient-alien visitors to the Earth originated from around the Dong Star. They're either Greys or Crabs.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby rwald » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:39 am UTC

Speaking of bothersome, isn't it true that Orion is just a constellation, not a nebula? I remember that part of Men In Black...
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby madock345 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:45 am UTC

That and "where's his head, anyway?"
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Sir_Read-a-Lot » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:01 am UTC

It couldn't possibly be a sword - Orion was an archer!

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On a more serious note, Orion was known for trying to date Artemis, so it's a logical part of the constellation...
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby coachb05 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:06 am UTC

Orion may or may not have a dong, but the fact of the matter is that the thing hanging down is his loincloth, it was a hand-me-down from his brother. As for the head, a friend of mine had something to say about that:

What you guys are missing is Orion doesn't have a head because HE'S A ROBOT!
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:14 am UTC

The only constellation that has ever made sense to me is the Southern Cross.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby glasnt » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:16 am UTC

Dude, the galaxy is on Orion's Belt. Duh.

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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby alun009 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:49 am UTC

This would have been funnier if he'd used the word "penis". There's no place for the word "dong" outside of bell-ringing.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby orangustang » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:51 am UTC

Either way, the Romans called it a gladius.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby karanj » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:57 am UTC

For reference to the actual stars

Never really noticed that here in Oz, but I guess I'll have to look up tonight.

Also: the dong seems to be... the Nebula? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula) Gives a whole new spin to the birthplace of stars...
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:05 am UTC

Since when is it a sword? It's his belt. Everybody knows the phrase "Orion's belt". It's not just those three stars across his waist.

Old ring belts tie in the front of the waist with a length hanging down from the tie, like this:

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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Monotonius » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:17 am UTC

You just won xkcd.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Kit. » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:34 am UTC

Actually, according to Wikipedia, it's not that big:

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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby philippos42 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:55 am UTC

Leaving aside the scale problems, wouldn't it be more worrying if he had a void there? It's Orion the Hunter, not O'Ryan the Eunuch.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Sb0070 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:09 am UTC

What's more worrying is that Orion doesn't have a head..
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby kurkosdr » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:21 am UTC

Astronomers don't care about the fictional shapes we drew on the sky by arbitarly joining the stars. They might call that bunch of stars "Orion" out of tradition, but they don't care about the shape and how human it looks. Astrologers (=fraudsters) do, because they want to convince you the stars have mystical powers.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby dtilque » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:24 am UTC

karanj wrote:Never really noticed that here in Oz, but I guess I'll have to look up tonight.

He'll be standing on his head, from Down Underish point of view. Or you could stand on your head and he'll be right side up.

Also: the dong seems to be... the Nebula? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula) Gives a whole new spin to the birthplace of stars...

Yep, although there's a couple other stars making up the sword too.
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Re: 1020: Orion Nebula

Postby Proginoskes » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:54 am UTC

Geez ... How many threads are you guys going to make for this comic?
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby da Doctah » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:59 am UTC

I think it's a little irresponsible to go mucking about with Orion when they still haven't done anything about the name of the planet Uranus.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby The Moomin » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:12 am UTC

Looking at Orion's pose, it does look like he should be shouting 'redefine ALL the constellation anatomies'.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Iranon » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:49 am UTC

I should hope that Orion has a dong... dolls, figurines etc missing something down there freaked me out since I was a kid.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby ygp » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:17 am UTC

Wasn't Randall banned from IAU conferences? If it weren't for people agreeing with him, I'd say this was the event that caused it.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Andromeda321 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:17 am UTC

Damn. I'm an astro PhD student and had no real reason to go to the IAU conference this year (it's in Beijing), but now really, really want to. :)
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby jozwa » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:36 am UTC

da Doctah wrote:...they still haven't done anything about the name of the planet Uranus.

Well, it's only the English-speaking world that has a problem with that. :P
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Schumi » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:47 am UTC

I was expecting the joke to be that the Orion nebula was re-designated as a dwarf nebula for some trivial reason.


Quicksilver wrote:The only constellation that has ever made sense to me is the Southern Cross.

Cygnus doesn't take too much effort to turn into a flying swan. Cross shape: long neck, 2 wings and a short tail.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Tualha » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:00 pm UTC

Actually, 'tis O Ryan the Scotsman (Irish grandfather), and he has a sporran.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:09 pm UTC

I move the notion that Orion be renamed "The Streaking Quasimodo"
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby perry » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:11 pm UTC

Hit random after viewing this and came up with #194 lol.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Endless_Nameless » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:18 pm UTC

The interesting thing to me is that the Greek constellations are not the only set of drawings in the sky. Some of them can be seen in the ((recommended and free) software Stellarium, where you can choose to see constellation from different cultures.

To me, the most interesting constellation set is from my country former owners (Brazilian natives), where the constellations are like draws from a "connect the dots" book. They are really easy to picture what they are by their drawings. There is even a constellation that cross all the southern sky! They had structures that worked like compass, and apparently knew the difference between the magnetic and real poles.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby javahead » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:28 pm UTC

ygp wrote:Wasn't Randall banned from IAU conferences? If it weren't for people agreeing with him, I'd say this was the event that caused it.

Freaky good memory, or search engine skillz?
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby tstevens757 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:40 pm UTC

rwald wrote:Speaking of bothersome, isn't it true that Orion is just a constellation, not a nebula? I remember that part of Men In Black...


What about Messier 42 (M42)? That's the Orion Nebula and it's situated south of the belt. The white arrow in the comic is pointing to it.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Socks » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:42 pm UTC

Heh, my first thought was that BHG was banned from IAU for something about a fat joke, but I guess it was Randall. :P
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby dotancohen » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:51 pm UTC

How about the fact that some constellations, such as Cancer and Pisces don't even exist. I have been looking at the stars almost every night for decades and I still don't see anything between the Twins and the Lion.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby servman » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:53 pm UTC

alun009 wrote:This would have been funnier if he'd used the word "penis". There's no place for the word "dong" outside of bell-ringing.


I have to agree that "Dong" isn't appropriate in this circumstance. Can we agree on "Wang" or "Schlong"?

The 2nd "star" in the sword is M42, the Orion Nebula and it's breathtaking, even through 10 power binos... If I can see it in Toronto, you should be able to see it anywhere.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby Sharon_Gaughan » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:00 pm UTC

For 2012, the IAU Symposium 279 topic is Death of Massive Stars: Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts. This symposium was postponed until March 12-16, 2012, at the same location (Nikko, Japan). That should give you some extra time if you plan to attend.
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Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Postby mike65535 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:58 pm UTC

xkcd has always impressed me with its good spelling and grammar.

So, what's with the apostrophe in BRING'S ??
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