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Old 22nd August 2017, 09:22 PM   #1
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The Greatest No-show on Earth

Karl Sagan would have asked this question:

Where were they?

Talk about wonders of the Alpha Quadrant, The Planet Earth is not only remarkable as a lush, life supporting planet and home to intelligent species, but it has a magnificent natural satellite, it's moon being so large as almost amounting to a double planet pairing.

If you are an alien visitor to Earth, one of the many extraterrestrials who are said to be observing the Earth, even to the extent of abducting Humans for study and experiment, certainly you are going to want to take home some lovely photos of the Moon from the earth's surface.

And then comes the Solar Eclipse: a very, very rare and amazing sight! How many natural satellites are just the right size and distance to neatly shadow their planet's star. This is a must see! This is a tourist event! This is space documentary gold! One would expect bus loads of Space Aliens, or at least expeditionary crews setting down to not only capture the wonder, but the reactions of the curious natives of Earth. If NHK can send a news crew halfway around the planet, some Space Channel crew from Tau Ceti or the like, would have the same motivations.

But where were they? For all the extraterrestrials the government is supposed to be keeping secret, there was not a single curious alien who had to see the big event.

For all the cameras, smartphones, colanders, and eyes gazing at the sky, there were no UFO sightings to speak of. When the day became night, and the stars came out, no one got a photo of an alien craft positioning itself to record the stunning event.

Where were they?
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Old 22nd August 2017, 09:26 PM   #2
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Streamed it.
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Streamed it.
From NASA YouTube I suppose.
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Got stuck in a galactic traffic jam.
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Old 22nd August 2017, 10:15 PM   #5
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Got stuck in a galactic traffic jam.
Undoubtedly!
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Old 22nd August 2017, 10:16 PM   #6
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Whoa! here's one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw5VEMRS5Ok
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They had seen it all before like I did in August 1999 at Berry Head, Devon, England.

I, and several thousand other eclipse tourists witnessed totality, and due to the location looking out to sea, could also see the edge of the moon's shadow, around twenty miles away on the horizon. Awesome.
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Originally Posted by Apathia View Post
Karl Sagan would have asked this question:

Where were they?

Talk about wonders of the Alpha Quadrant, The Planet Earth is not only remarkable as a lush, life supporting planet and home to intelligent species, but it has a magnificent natural satellite, it's moon being so large as almost amounting to a double planet pairing.

If you are an alien visitor to Earth, one of the many extraterrestrials who are said to be observing the Earth, even to the extent of abducting Humans for study and experiment, certainly you are going to want to take home some lovely photos of the Moon from the earth's surface.

And then comes the Solar Eclipse: a very, very rare and amazing sight! How many natural satellites are just the right size and distance to neatly shadow their planet's star. This is a must see! This is a tourist event! This is space documentary gold! One would expect bus loads of Space Aliens, or at least expeditionary crews setting down to not only capture the wonder, but the reactions of the curious natives of Earth. If NHK can send a news crew halfway around the planet, some Space Channel crew from Tau Ceti or the like, would have the same motivations.

But where were they? For all the extraterrestrials the government is supposed to be keeping secret, there was not a single curious alien who had to see the big event.

For all the cameras, smartphones, colanders, and eyes gazing at the sky, there were no UFO sightings to speak of. When the day became night, and the stars came out, no one got a photo of an alien craft positioning itself to record the stunning event.

Where were they?
If they exist, they don't even know we're here... and why would they?

How many natural satellites have we found orbiting extrasolar planets?
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They were there, they just had their invisibility shields on, obviously. Technology.
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Solar eclipses aren't very interesting. All you have to do is position your ship behind any moon or planet at the right distance and BAM!

So what's the point of the OP?
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Old 23rd August 2017, 04:34 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Argumemnon View Post
Solar eclipses aren't very interesting. All you have to do is position your ship behind any moon or planet at the right distance and BAM!

So what's the point of the OP?
The idea may be: if alien tourists weren't there to see this stupendous event, alien spacefaring civilisations don't exist - and we are alone in the universe, or at least the Galaxy.

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Old 23rd August 2017, 05:08 AM   #12
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I saw plenty of intergalactic tourists visiting for the eclipse. Their disguises were pretty good, but they just couldn't replicate the look of human eyewear.

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Check the news, There was a rather large orange alien looking directly at the eclipse yesterday.
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Originally Posted by Argumemnon View Post
Solar eclipses aren't very interesting. All you have to do is position your ship behind any moon or planet at the right distance and BAM!
It's pretty cool that we can just do it from the surface of the planet though. I mean, with a spaceship you're kinda cheating since you can put yourself wherever you need. The cool thing is that the sizes and distances of the sun and moon make them look like they're about the same size. That's a neat coincidence.

To a human, anyway. I guess these aliens just don't have the same standards.

Or maybe they just already got all the data they needed? That's why UFO sightings aren't getting better or more common despite so many people walking around with cameras all the time - they've been here, done the research, bought a souvenir T-shirt and mutilated a cow for kicks. They're done. Earth is so 5 minutes ago (or whatever temporal measurement these things use).
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They were too busy flattening wheat fields.
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Originally Posted by SOdhner View Post
It's pretty cool that we can just do it from the surface of the planet though. I mean, with a spaceship you're kinda cheating since you can put yourself wherever you need. The cool thing is that the sizes and distances of the sun and moon make them look like they're about the same size. That's a neat coincidence.
At the risk of sounding pedantic, the coincidence is actually that homo sapiens happened to evolve during the relatively brief window in our planet's history when that is the case. The moon started off a lot closer to the earth and is gradually moving away, it's only going to be at the right distance to exactly block out the sun for a few million years.
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At the risk of sounding pedantic, the coincidence is actually that homo sapiens happened to evolve during the relatively brief window in our planet's history when that is the case. The moon started off a lot closer to the earth and is gradually moving away, it's only going to be at the right distance to exactly block out the sun for a few million years.
If anything that makes it cooler though, so I'm fine with it.
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Perhaps the thread needs to be merged with this one!
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Originally Posted by Argumemnon View Post
Solar eclipses aren't very interesting. All you have to do is position your ship behind any moon or planet at the right distance and BAM!

So what's the point of the OP?
You're right. The OP assumes that some space aliens could be curious, rubbernecking bastards like us. But truly advanced species don't go gallivanting about the galaxy in search of sensational things to make a slideshow of. To them we are just infants who get excited over a crib mobile.
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And then comes the Solar Eclipse: a very, very rare and amazing sight! How many natural satellites are just the right size and distance to neatly shadow their planet's star.
My answer is not very many, so, only billions within this universe.

We are lucky to live on one such planet.
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They were too busy flattening wheat fields.
Yes. We can't expect an Alien Life Form to be entertained in the same manner of which we are accustomed. They were busy watching the Home Shopping Channel.
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I witnessed the 2002 eclipse over South Africa and there were plenty of aliens if you knew where to look.
I can prove it.
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Originally Posted by Apathia View Post
...the Solar Eclipse: a very, very rare and amazing sight!...
Without trying to rain on the parade or the premise, that's apparently not a true fact. Solar eclipses in general occur two to five times a year and total solar eclipses occur about every 18-24 months.

That is to say, maybe they came another time when you weren't looking.
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I feel like we should at least mention the fact that the guy's first name was Carl, not Karl.
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Originally Posted by HarryHenderson View Post
Without trying to rain on the parade or the premise, that's apparently not a true fact. Solar eclipses in general occur two to five times a year and total solar eclipses occur about every 18-24 months.

That is to say, maybe they came another time when you weren't looking.
Indeed! A total solar eclipse isn't rare for us earthlings at all.
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I feel like we should at least mention the fact that the guy's first name was Carl, not Karl.
And you sir, win the thread! I've been waiting for that correction.
But now I won't get to do my junk thread about Carl Marx.
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I had use of a university telescope during the eclipse and spotted the Klingons circling around Uranus.

You should really shut the shades

Sorry Apathia, I've just been sitting on this joke too long.
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You're right. The OP assumes that some space aliens could be curious, rubbernecking bastards like us. But truly advanced species don't go gallivanting about the galaxy in search of sensational things to make a slideshow of. To them we are just infants who get excited over a crib mobile.
Ever read Asimov's "Buy Jupiter"
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Ever read Asimov's "Buy Jupiter"
Yes. The greatest e4xtraterrestial threat would be that extraterrestrials were like us. We'll be the first to carve company logos on the Moon.
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Check the news, There was a rather large orange alien looking directly at the eclipse yesterday.
A shame it used eye protection!!!!!
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I saw plenty of intergalactic tourists visiting for the eclipse. Their disguises were pretty good, but they just couldn't replicate the look of human eyewear.

http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/086...110_other6.jpg
They look like rejects from a Devo tryout.
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Got stuck in a galactic traffic jam.
Why is it never a galactic jelly????? Or a traffic jelly???
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They look like rejects from a Devo tryout.
I don't know what's funnier, the idea of a Devo tryout, or the idea that anyone could actually be rejected from a Devo tryout, lol.
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I had use of a university telescope during the eclipse and spotted the Klingons circling around Uranus.

You should really shut the shades

Sorry Apathia, I've just been sitting on this joke too long.
You will certainly hate to hear there was a film about that. It was, of course, a porno!!
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Indeed! A total solar eclipse isn't rare for us earthlings at all.
They're not? Yesterday I overheard a guy telling a bunch of other people they're "very, very rare." It never fails that I learn something new everyday.
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They're not? Yesterday I overheard a guy telling a bunch of other people they're "very, very rare." It never fails that I learn something new everyday.
According to news and a couple of science programs they are not rare (I forget the number but it is multiple per year -BUT most wind up going over in not good for observers locations and mostly are paths over the oceans ).
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Why is it never a galactic jelly????? Or a traffic jelly???
Got stuck out in the wildlife preserves.
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Originally Posted by HarryHenderson View Post
They're not? Yesterday I overheard a guy telling a bunch of other people they're "very, very rare." It never fails that I learn something new everyday.
Perhaps that guy was a space alien!
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According to news and a couple of science programs they are not rare (I forget the number but it is multiple per year -BUT most wind up going over in not good for observers locations and mostly are paths over the oceans ).
And since our solar eclipses are peculiar to our planet, they're quite rare to extraterrestrials, assuming intelligent extraterrestrials exist.

Of course with all the billions of planets out there, there's surely a chance that some other planet can have a lunar experience similar to ours where its moon neatly covers its star. But I bet it's kind of rare.

So the Earth Board of Tourism had better take advantage of this event to draw those sensation seeking, rubbernecking space aliens to spend their discretionarily incomes at our souvenir shops and restaurants.

Oh wait. Never mind, No extraterrestrial customers.
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Got stuck out in the wildlife preserves.
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