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Red giant Betelgeuse

By santeewelding ·
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Almost the size of the orbit of Jupiter, I read, confirms for me that the magnitude of our affairs will have to serve me, there being no way for me to comprehend those of Betelgeuse.

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Don't say it three times though

by NexS In reply to Red giant Betelgeuse

You know what happens then.

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Screwed up the "<a" tag

by santeewelding In reply to Don't say it three times ...

Can't even get into the first one to edit it out of existence.

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You accidentally discovered antimatter...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Screwed up the &quot;&lt; ...

Use it with care!

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Magnitude.

by seanferd In reply to Red giant Betelgeuse

R136a1. Wrap your brain around this one. Larger even than VY Canis Majoris.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/100721-science-space-most-massive-star-ever-discovered-record/
Compare
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYnTqI3xGkg&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEheh1BH34Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RfPT5c9zAk This one has Betelgeuse in it.

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Not the center of the universe

by santeewelding In reply to Magnitude.

"The" universe.

Be careful of that definite article. Be careful of, "uni-", too.

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The center of the universe

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Not the center of the uni ...

The center of the universe
What use
is Betelgeuse
to me,
to youse
What use,
to Betelgeuse
are we
Obtuse?

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That's the final version now

by AnsuGisalas In reply to [s]The[/s] center of [s]t ...

Sorry it took a while.

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Nope.

by seanferd In reply to Not the center of the uni ...

There is one? And the other?

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I think I know what you are saying

by santeewelding In reply to Nope.

Pawing, as you are, with questions.

In another nutshell: the definite article ("the"), as well as indefinite ("a"), which I try religiously to scourge from my own remarks (backsliding, lately, I find), both necessarily relate to "other". Can't be helped. For example, if you use "universe" for Everything, crippled the way it is with, "uni-", meaning one, you bespeak some "other". It's like the numerical notion of "one". Go ahead. Try establishing "one" without reference to at least another "one". You could try, Nothing -- "a" thing in relation to no thing at all. Now you get to explain Nothing, and all you got is "a" thing to do it with. Neither does calling it "the" relieve you of intellectual responsibility. "The" in relation to what?

The only way off the existential merry-go-round I have found is to start with, "two", and both must "be", as opposed to "one", and having to explain another that is somehow not.

Instruct me -- anyone -- if you "know" other. "Know" is another of my favorites. I see that word and I am on the case. I have other favorites. Use them and you will know.

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Flavours of reference...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to I think I know what you a ...

"I am looking for a typist with an excellent mastery of French" [indefinite, most likely this is a generic reference, but...]
"we're looking for a man who just came out of Storage Room B two minutes ago" [...indefinite can be specific, too]
"the boy with the green jacket is called Jack" [definite is often specific...but...]
"the lion is feared for it's unpredictable feeding habits" [it can be generic too]

Finally, feast your eyes on this one, which I developed in a class held by Michael Fortescue: "I am looking for the way out" [Can you even tell if it's either, or neither?]

Known keywords : be, real, know, truth, a, an, the, universe, prove, God, Absolute

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