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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #30 on: March 21, 2011, 02:57:20 PM »
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Shaquile O'Neal:

A reporter was interviewing Shaq on his return from a visit to Greece,
"Shaq, did you get to go to the Parthenon while you were in Athens?"
" I don't know. I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."

hahaha, what a doofus!

Yeah, you've got his number.   I lived in Orlando when Shaq played for the Magic.  He was a regular font of wisdom.
I wish I could remember the interview where he was making for of some other player and then tried to spell a word and spelled it wrong.  It wasn't exactly a tough word to spell either.  Hilarious, from the look on his face he knew he shouldn't have tried to spell.

I saw that.  Shaq had just announced he was going to Miami to play for the Heat.
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #31 on: March 21, 2011, 03:05:31 PM »
I saw that.  Shaq had just announced he was going to Miami to play for the Heat.
"The people that know me they know what time it is and what the Diesel is coming to do, period, P-U-R-E-U-D, period."
That's it!  Fantastic, I misremembered the context but it is still awesome.  ;D

No wonder I had trouble googling it. ::)
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« Reply #32 on: March 21, 2011, 05:25:18 PM »
Don't you know he makes the academic types at LSU proud that he is an alum.
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #33 on: March 21, 2011, 09:15:25 PM »
What is the correct way to pronounce Perigee?

And what's the opposite, Apogee?

 How is that pronounced?

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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2011, 09:22:44 PM »
You can listen to pronunciations at m-w.com
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perigee

I say PEHR-uh-jee and APP-uh-jee, I think it's right.

Yes, perigee and apogee are opposites, the point in the orbit that is closest (perigee) or furthest (apogee) from the Earth.  I knew that orbital mechanics class I took in college would come in handy.*


*I never knew it would come in handy.

<edit> fixed typo, both are soft gee (jee) sounds
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #35 on: March 21, 2011, 09:43:41 PM »
Thanks, I was saying it right. (Ms. Tubercle and I were discussing this).

 I had the accents in the right place but didn't know if it was a soft G - jee - or a hard GEE sound.
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2011, 09:46:06 PM »
You can listen to pronunciations at m-w.com
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perigee

I say PEHR-uh-jee and APP-uh-gee, I think it's right.

Yes, perigee and apogee are opposites, the point in the orbit that is closest (perigee) or furthest (apogee) from the Earth.  I knew that orbital mechanics class I took in college would come in handy.*


*I never knew it would come in handy.

peri (near) ge (gaia [earth])

+1 on OM,  and my dynamics class too (the triple integrals and linear equations were brutal)
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #37 on: March 21, 2011, 09:57:59 PM »
Wasn't it that Kepler feller that came up with that stuff? Seems like I remember a little about it. Ellipses and foci and such.
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« Reply #38 on: March 21, 2011, 10:12:56 PM »
I believe Newton and Liebniz invented it simultaneously, and independantly.
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2011, 10:19:23 PM »
Can anyone demonstrate what One Newton of force is? I mean
since we are talking about ole Isaac....
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« Reply #40 on: March 21, 2011, 10:27:26 PM »
1N = force required to accelerate a mass of one kilogram at a rate of one meter per second squared.
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #41 on: March 21, 2011, 10:29:26 PM »
1N = force required to accelerate a mass of one kilogram at a rate of one meter per second squared.
But he asked for a demonstration . . . ;D
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #42 on: March 21, 2011, 10:31:08 PM »
Wasn't it that Kepler feller that came up with that stuff? Seems like I remember a little about it. Ellipses and foci and such.

Kepler determined the laws of planetary motion, based largely on Tycho Brahe's meticulous observational data if I remember it right.
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #43 on: March 21, 2011, 10:38:38 PM »
1N = force required to accelerate a mass of one kilogram at a rate of one meter per second squared.
But he asked for a demonstration . . . ;D

OK mister smarty pants; what does this equal:

Newton-meters per second squared?

And how many are now missing in Fukushima?
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Re: Lunar Perigee
« Reply #44 on: March 21, 2011, 10:59:00 PM »
OK mister smarty pants; what does this equal:

Newton-meters per second squared?

And how many are now missing in Fukushima?
Crap, it's been too long.  Newton meter is a unit of torque . . . per second makes it work . . . per second makes it power.  So it's a power measurement.  Maybe. :)

Fukushima . . . I don't know, I haven't been keeping up with the story.  A lot.

<edit>Torque is work, so I'm off for sure.  So it's power per second . . . that's weird.
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