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So, when something is moving about 80 times faster than a bullet, do you really still compare it to a bullet?
I thought this same thing! Bullets really are not that fast when compared to anything stellar. I mean the space shuttle travels over 6 times the speed of the fastest bullet from any gun! (Not including rail guns people. Just talking bullets that most people would think of) I think they need to start using something other then this very old saying!
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Some kind of elephant gun? Definitely doesn't look like a .50cal.
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I mean the space shuttle travels over 6 times the speed of the fastest bullet from any gun! (Not including rail guns people. Just talking bullets that most people would think of) I think they need to start using something other then this very old saying!
We use bullet because its something very fast that most people at least have a basic familiarity with.
    
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I'll never even begin to grasp how they can know its 'water' looking at it from 750 light years away. Seriously, how can they possibly narrow down the particles like that?
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I'll never even begin to grasp how they can know its 'water' looking at it from 750 light years away. Seriously, how can they possibly narrow down the particles like that?
Maybe a laser radar gun? it shoots the radar out and when it returns it
measures the wavelength and pattern and they calculate what element it is?
(im guessing here)
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Originally Posted by Celeras View Post
I'll never even begin to grasp how they can know its 'water' looking at it from 750 light years away. Seriously, how can they possibly narrow down the particles like that?
Spectroscopy. Easy stuff. They analyze the EM (probably IR or X-ray) spectrum that it radiates and compare it to known materials.

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Maybe a laser radar gun? it shoots the radar out and when it returns it
measures the wavelength and pattern and they calculate what element it is?
(im guessing here)
See above. Besides, it would take 1500 years to get a signal back and it'd be too weak to even detect.
    
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i wanna put my hands through that water see how warm it is
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