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19 Nov 2012 05:48 AM   |   17765 clicks   |   Some Guy
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SnarfVader     
That wind chill factor is a real biatch.

18 Nov 2012 10:03 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
It is the only object found so far that has a temperature lower than the background radiation.

The "lower limit" of temperature within our galaxy is quite a bit warmer, closer to 30K if I recall correctly. (I could be confusing that with how warm Earth would be without the sun; head flux from the interior would keep it warmer than starlight.)

18 Nov 2012 10:17 PM
vossiewulf    [TotalFark]  
I knew about it when it was still warm.

18 Nov 2012 10:53 PM
This About That    [TotalFark]  
Who took the picture? I'll bet that snow is fake.

18 Nov 2012 11:50 PM
quatchi     
It is the only object found so far that has a temperature lower than the background radiation.

Obviously these scientists have never met my exGF, the Ice Princess.

Seriously, snowmen would put on sweaters when they saw her coming.

/Also: 2nd coolest place in the universe?
//Inside a Tardis fridge.

18 Nov 2012 11:52 PM
ArkAngel    [TotalFark]  
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18 Nov 2012 11:55 PM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
The coldest place known is inside the Boomerang Nebula. It is in the constellation of Centaurus, 5000 light-years from Earth

Imagine that, we're way cooler than 99.999999999999999% of the universe.

/oh yeah
//we cool

19 Nov 2012 12:01 AM
quatchi     
Farking hipster Nebulae who think they're so cool, ya know I hate 'em.

19 Nov 2012 12:05 AM
optikeye    [TotalFark]  
No, it's Ursa Minor Beta...so many swimming pools you need a bloody gondola to get about. And home to the offices of the HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy.

"although it is excruciatingly rich, horrifyingly sunny and more full of wonderfully exciting people than a pomegranate is of pips, it can hardly be insignificant that when a recent edition of Playbeing Magazine headlined an article with the words, 'When you are tired of Ursa Minor Beta you are tired of life,' the suicide rate there quadrupled overnight."

19 Nov 2012 12:11 AM
SpikeStrip     
it was never underground, thus, never cool. QED

19 Nov 2012 01:23 AM
Tellingthem    [TotalFark]  
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\I don't know, but I've been told...

19 Nov 2012 02:23 AM
orbister     
1K is nowhere near the coolest place in the universe. Lots of physics labs work down to mK levels.

19 Nov 2012 05:59 AM
othmar     
that is all i needed to know... no pay raise. okay.

19 Nov 2012 05:59 AM
Deep Contact     
Liquid nitrogen is cool to play with.

19 Nov 2012 06:02 AM
starsrift     
So... Portal to another dimension, then?

19 Nov 2012 06:05 AM
Hilary T. N. Seuss     
No, the coolest nebula is the Mutara Nebula, because revenge is a dish best served cold.

19 Nov 2012 06:09 AM
Coming on a Bicycle     
It's a place called the Boomerang Nebula, but you've probably never heard of it.

19 Nov 2012 06:11 AM
Bhruic     
Ugh. As if we have enough knowledge of the universe to be able to make such a claim. If they want to say the coldest that we've detected, fine. That's a supportable argument. Coldest, period is not.

19 Nov 2012 06:12 AM
gregscott     
Hmmm. It's the coolest place observed. If the observations of that type are x% of the universe, why do we think it's the coldest place in the universe, if x

19 Nov 2012 06:17 AM
Gawdzila    [TotalFark]  

Bhruic: Ugh. As if we have enough knowledge of the universe to be able to make such a claim. If they want to say the coldest that we've detected, fine.

"The rapid expansion of the nebula has enabled it to become the coldest known region in the universe."


That's exactly what they did say if you had bothered to RTFA, now stop being so annoyingly nitpicky :p

19 Nov 2012 06:18 AM
gregscott     
is less than 50%

19 Nov 2012 06:19 AM
sexorcisst     
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19 Nov 2012 06:19 AM
gregscott     
We can nitpick headlines, and yet have read the article.

19 Nov 2012 06:21 AM
Trapper439     
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Disapproves

19 Nov 2012 06:22 AM
Impasse     
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"Oh cripes!"

19 Nov 2012 06:27 AM
Bob Down     
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I never saw a nebula jump a shark

19 Nov 2012 06:30 AM
Billy Bathsalt     
Chez Bathsalt strangely unmentioned.

19 Nov 2012 06:33 AM
sexorcisst     
It would be cooler without the bow tie.

19 Nov 2012 06:42 AM
Nick Nostril     
How does it rank against Subby's cooter?

19 Nov 2012 06:43 AM
mikaloyd    [TotalFark]  
Water Bears (tardigrades) could live through that for a couple of minutes.

Temperature - tardigrades can survive being heated for a few minutes to 151 °C (424 K),[21] or being chilled for days at −200 °C (73 K), or for a few minutes at −272 °C (~1 degree above absolute zero)

Radiation - tardigrades can withstand median lethal doses of 5,000 Gy (of gamma-rays) and 6,200 Gy (of heavy ions) in hydrated animals (5 to 10 Gy could be fatal to a human).The only explanation thus far for this ability is that their lowered water state provides fewer reactants for the ionizing radiation

Outer space - In September 2007, tardigrades were taken into low Earth orbit on the FOTON-M3 mission and for 10 days were exposed to the vacuum of space. After being rehydrated back on Earth, over 68% of the subjects protected from high-energy UV radiation survived and many of these produced viable embryos, and a handful had survived full exposure to solar radiation.


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Water bears dont give a fark

19 Nov 2012 06:49 AM
RobSeace    [TotalFark]  

sexorcisst: It would be cooler without the bow tie.

 

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19 Nov 2012 06:51 AM
INeedAName     
So.... my problem with their entire site:
"New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts" - 13k views
"Did Hiker Film Bigfoot..." - 23k views

WTF?!

19 Nov 2012 06:57 AM
Rann Xerox     

sexorcisst: It would be cooler without the bow tie.


Speak up....

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Brother Mouzone didn't hear you.

19 Nov 2012 06:59 AM
Oscar_Madisons_cleaning_lady     
It's far-out and cool, but is it groovy?

19 Nov 2012 07:06 AM
MarthaStewart     
Coldest place on earth: Link

19 Nov 2012 07:08 AM
Kibbler     

mikaloyd: Water Bears (tardigrades) could live through that for a couple of minutes.

Temperature - tardigrades can survive being heated for a few minutes to 151 °C (424 K),[21] or being chilled for days at −200 °C (73 K), or for a few minutes at −272 °C (~1 degree above absolute zero)

Radiation - tardigrades can withstand median lethal doses of 5,000 Gy (of gamma-rays) and 6,200 Gy (of heavy ions) in hydrated animals (5 to 10 Gy could be fatal to a human).The only explanation thus far for this ability is that their lowered water state provides fewer reactants for the ionizing radiation

Outer space - In September 2007, tardigrades were taken into low Earth orbit on the FOTON-M3 mission and for 10 days were exposed to the vacuum of space. After being rehydrated back on Earth, over 68% of the subjects protected from high-energy UV radiation survived and many of these produced viable embryos, and a handful had survived full exposure to solar radiation.







Water bears dont give a fark


You just made my week. Fascinating.

Thank you.

19 Nov 2012 07:21 AM
QuantuMechanic     
orbister

"1K is nowhere near the coolest place in the universe. Lots of physics labs work down to mK levels."

This. It takes only a few hours too cool instruments to well below 1 Kelvin.

19 Nov 2012 07:50 AM
maxx2112     
FTFA: The coldest place known is inside the Boomerang Nebula. It is in the constellation of Centaurus, 5000 light-years from Earth. Planetary nebulae form around a bright, central star when it expels gas in the last stages of its life.


Grandma?

19 Nov 2012 07:56 AM
taoistlumberjak     
And when the region is finally colonized, Canadians still won't wear a jacket there.

19 Nov 2012 08:07 AM
Spindle     

QuantuMechanic: orbister

"1K is nowhere near the coolest place in the universe. Lots of physics labs work down to mK levels."

This. It takes only a few hours too cool instruments to well below 1 Kelvin.


How do scientists go about cooling chambers to near AZ levels anyway? Obviously it's more than just good refridgerant.

19 Nov 2012 08:34 AM
starsrift     

taoistlumberjak: And when the region is finally colonized, Canadians still won't wear a jacket there.


Man, the biatches from Ontario will.
/ stayed for a couple weeks with a family, and they kept telling me to put a jacket on
// it was only -10, the nancies

19 Nov 2012 08:39 AM
PirateKing     
0 Farenheit = Unpleasantly cold
100 Farenheit = Uncomfortably warm

0 Centigrade = Chilly
100 Centigrade = Dead

0 Kelvin = Dead
100 Kelvin = Dead

19 Nov 2012 09:08 AM
orbister     

Spindle: How do scientists go about cooling chambers to near AZ levels anyway? Obviously it's more than just good refridgerant.


You get low with liquid nitrogen. You get cold with liquid helium (I used to work with LHe and you soon get used to the idea of "warming things up" in LN2). You get a bit colder by pumping on the LHe - with a vacuum above it the boiling point falls to about 2K.

They you splash out a lot of money, get some Helium 3 and liquefy that with your He-4. That gets you down to 1K at atmospheric pressure and a lot less (10mK? I stuck at 4.2K) when you pump on it.

That's your limit with cryogenics. After that you need exotica like magnetic cooling. Magnetic fields align the atoms, that reduces the disorder, that reduces the entropy and that reduces the temperature. Or something like that.

19 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
ronaprhys     

ArkAngel: [upload.wikimedia.org image 611x709]

Because the author felt no need


So it's also a ghei nebula?

19 Nov 2012 10:09 AM
machoprogrammer     

orbister: After that you need exotica like magnetic cooling. Magnetic fields align the atoms, that reduces the disorder, that reduces the entropy and that reduces the temperature. Or something like that.


Farking magnets, how do they work?

19 Nov 2012 10:17 AM
orbister     

machoprogrammer: Farking magnets, how do they work?


Buggered if I know, and I did postgrad research in electromagnetism.

19 Nov 2012 10:27 AM
Feral_and_Preposterous     

mikaloyd: Water Bears (tardigrades) could live through that for a couple of minutes.

Temperature - tardigrades can survive being heated for a few minutes to 151 °C (424 K),[21] or being chilled for days at −200 °C (73 K), or for a few minutes at −272 °C (~1 degree above absolute zero)

Radiation - tardigrades can withstand median lethal doses of 5,000 Gy (of gamma-rays) and 6,200 Gy (of heavy ions) in hydrated animals (5 to 10 Gy could be fatal to a human).The only explanation thus far for this ability is that their lowered water state provides fewer reactants for the ionizing radiation

Outer space - In September 2007, tardigrades were taken into low Earth orbit on the FOTON-M3 mission and for 10 days were exposed to the vacuum of space. After being rehydrated back on Earth, over 68% of the subjects protected from high-energy UV radiation survived and many of these produced viable embryos, and a handful had survived full exposure to solar radiation.


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Water bears dont give a fark

The retardigrades are a completely different story; they're mobilizing against Ann Coulter.

19 Nov 2012 10:48 AM
Allen. The end.    [TotalFark]  

mikaloyd: Water Bears (tardigrades) could live through that for a couple of minutes.

Temperature - tardigrades can survive being heated for a few minutes to 151 °C (424 K),[21] or being chilled for days at −200 °C (73 K), or for a few minutes at −272 °C (~1 degree above absolute zero)

Radiation - tardigrades can withstand median lethal doses of 5,000 Gy (of gamma-rays) and 6,200 Gy (of heavy ions) in hydrated animals (5 to 10 Gy could be fatal to a human).The only explanation thus far for this ability is that their lowered water state provides fewer reactants for the ionizing radiation

Outer space - In September 2007, tardigrades were taken into low Earth orbit on the FOTON-M3 mission and for 10 days were exposed to the vacuum of space. After being rehydrated back on Earth, over 68% of the subjects protected from high-energy UV radiation survived and many of these produced viable embryos, and a handful had survived full exposure to solar radiation.


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[www.newscientist.com image 600x467]


Water bears dont give a fark


My favorite animal!

19 Nov 2012 11:05 AM
Allen. The end.    [TotalFark]  

orbister: Spindle: How do scientists go about cooling chambers to near AZ levels anyway? Obviously it's more than just good refridgerant.

You get low with liquid nitrogen. You get cold with liquid helium (I used to work with LHe and you soon get used to the idea of "warming things up" in LN2). You get a bit colder by pumping on the LHe - with a vacuum above it the boiling point falls to about 2K.

They you splash out a lot of money, get some Helium 3 and liquefy that with your He-4. That gets you down to 1K at atmospheric pressure and a lot less (10mK? I stuck at 4.2K) when you pump on it.

That's your limit with cryogenics. After that you need exotica like magnetic cooling. Magnetic fields align the atoms, that reduces the disorder, that reduces the entropy and that reduces the temperature. Or something like that.


Woah! That's...pretty hardcore!

19 Nov 2012 11:09 AM
mercator_psi     

Impasse: [images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 640x480]

"Oh cripes!"


"Ya godda dress for it dough..."

/One of my fave eps of all time. OF. ALL. TIME.
//Wants a sampo

19 Nov 2012 11:24 AM
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