Author Topic: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp  (Read 91217 times)

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2008, 11:09:04 am »
Hi pavre and welcome to the Zoo

Your English is quite understandable and much, much better than my Dutch  :D
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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2008, 12:31:24 pm »
In Dutch the word “Zooitje” may refer for instance to a very dirty kitchen, with everything lying around.
In my case, unfortunately it is a very suitable word then.

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #32 on: August 04, 2008, 12:40:35 pm »
Hi pavre, welcome to the zoo!
Hey, if my French Dutch (bad guess!) was half as good as your English, we'd be on a roller!

Don't worry, there are plenty of chances to improve your English if you want them, in here!

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2008, 05:20:47 pm »
Welcome to the zoo fellow Limburgers! ;D Wauw, Kirchroa and Geleen presented, I'm impressed.. ::) :P Anyway, to get back to Serge's post about the word 'voorwerp'. You're right, but did you know the name was made up by someone here, who wasn't Dutch? ;) Anyway, really catching up with the links soon! 

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2008, 06:41:08 pm »
Don't forget Tegelen.......

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2008, 11:22:16 pm »
Welcome to the zoo fellow Limburgers! ;D Wauw, Kirchroa and Geleen presented, I'm impressed.. ::)

Yes! You may have started the long expected Limburg Authentic Revival Initiative Earthwide. (LARIE).
But I forsee some trouble, trying to get the word "Kirchroa" pronounced outside Limburg..
Let's have a beer first, being Limburg's traditional way to solve almost anything..

did you know the name was made up by someone here, who wasn't Dutch? ;)

Yeah, I knew! The Dutch media made a special point of that, because it was quite obvious that no Dutchman would have chosen that name. It was funny. Calling it like that was if you had something in your hand, that no one had a clue of what it was, but was worthwhile to fill the media with. Of course half of Holland rushed off to see what 'Hanny's Voorwerp' 'zum teufel' (the hell) was??..

Of course the one that invented the name, isn't to blame at all. It was very nice and original to invent a name like that. And in many cases an object really is a 'voorwerp', as you find it in a dictionary.
Also that was tolerant and respectful, then he must have know the word 'voorwerp' is probably impossible in English. They can't make anything out of it, and can't even pronounce it, perhaps can't even memorise it. So someone who speaks English himself, had no problem importing problems, just to do you a favour. I really like that. (the world is hard and intolerant enough these days.) It was a nice gesture, and who knows that also was a reason for the media to mention it..

Grinn.. I really hope you enyoy al this. Perhaps organise a 'Voorwerp Party' at school, where all children can bring their own strange voorwerp. (I don't know how old they are)

And I hope for everyone, the final explanation for the Voorwerp is not too dull..

A wild quess.. a supernova remnant, with the white dwarf covered by something. If by a companion black star, the effect of course is very temporarily. But I don't know how many pictures of it there are? If only one, it could..
It also could be a mocking star somewhere in between, that just gave up, after being very bright, but not getting any attention at all. Got depressed, and is now annoying scientists..

We could get inspiration from the anti-Darwin lobby, showing highly creative thinking. If you ask them "So, how about all these fossils they find in all the earth layers?", the answer sometimes is: "God put them there to mislead these wicked unbeliever scientists".. (serious, I've seen it twice, as well in the christian world as in the moslem world..)
So let's say, the Voorwerp is Orion's lost helmet, drifting off.. Probably kicked off by the Gemini-twins in their young days..

Good luck Hanny! Have lots of fun! :D

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #38 on: August 05, 2008, 06:48:12 pm »
And out today, a press release. The original version came from Oxford, but I can't find it online yet.

'Cosmic ghost' discovered by volunteer astronomer (Yale version)

Schoolteacher Discovers ‘Cosmic Ghost’ (U. of Alabama)

(The alert reader will notice certain symmetries in these three!)


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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #39 on: August 05, 2008, 06:52:12 pm »
Thanks for interesting link.  :)

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2008, 11:11:58 pm »
And another one - from BBC online: Teacher finds new cosmic object. They even know that the term will be Voorwerpen if any more turn up.

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #41 on: August 05, 2008, 11:51:31 pm »
I should collect all these into a blog post maybe tonight or tomorrow....

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #42 on: August 06, 2008, 02:31:07 am »
Hi,

another publication:

spiegel online (german online news paper) Hobby-Astronomin entdeckt neue Himmelskörper-Klasse
in english this is: "hobby astronomer discovers new class of celestial bodies"
IMHO. And I don't have a clue ...

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Re: Wednesday 25th June: Hanny's Voorwerp
« Reply #43 on: August 06, 2008, 07:28:09 am »
And another one - from BBC online: Teacher finds new cosmic object. They even know that the term will be Voorwerpen if any more turn up.

Oh good, is "voorwerp" the official name then? I had heard that it wouldn't be possible to keep that, which I thought was very disappoiting . . .

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Hanny's Voorwerp on BBC News website...
« Reply #44 on: August 06, 2008, 09:08:00 am »
Hi All  ;D

Hanny's in the news again  ;)  - Way to go!!!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7543776.stm

What an amazing object this has turned out to be.


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