General discussion


Red giant Betelgeuse

By santeewelding ·
Tags: Off Topic
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.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

If life the universe and everything give you Santeeisms...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to It's that thing...

<a href=>make poetry</a>
I'm okay.
Though not, a lumberjack.
Ok, one more reference, nnngh - nah, can't do it!
How's you?

Collapse -

Thank you

by NickNielsen In reply to It's that thing...

One reference was enough. You'd have us all pining for the fjords.

Collapse -

The foot

by santeewelding In reply to It's that thing...

Hard x-rays taken within hours revealed metatarsal fractures. That's what I guessed moments after it happened, between alternating waves of shock and awe. I suffered one on the other foot 20 years ago due to a knee-blocked karate kick. On account of that experience I thought I had a handle on this one.


The term, "crush injury" appears on the paperwork. I had been looking for and expecting a rainbow of ugly colors -- been a week -- above the fractures. None. That is, until the other day when I was finally able to look at the underside. That's where colors were hiding. There, and outboard above the heel.

Lots of thoughts about managed healthcare, RNs, PAs, and their training culture, in which you may notice you are incidental.

Collapse -

@ Santee: That is exactly what I didn't want to hear.

by seanferd In reply to It's that thing...


Man, I'm sorry. Crushed metatarsals seems to belong in the particularly horrific class. I've had a good crush on a (ped) phalanx, and brutalized tarsals without serious injury, but it hurts like ****. I'm trying not to imagine how painful and <i>wrong</i> your foot feels. I hope you don't have any permanent complications in your future.

Take care. And don't do that again.

Collapse -

I guess you now know why

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Red giant Betelgeuse

Ford Prefect had to get away from home and travel the Galaxy as a Researcher for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Betelgeuse is way too big and overpopulated for anyone to live there. However we could always forge the Destruction Order and let the Vegans Destroy it if you like.


Collapse -

You're right

by santeewelding In reply to I guess you now know why

"It's so crowded, nobody goes there."

Collapse -

It's under way...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to I guess you now know why

With luck, a neighbor nova in our lifetime.

Collapse -

That would be very cool

by Michael Jay In reply to It's under way...

Let it wait till winter, I would rather see the death of that star in the night, when it fades away the sky will be missing one cool constellation, for without his shoulder Orion will be much less the hunter.

Stand by, it could be a while, or it could be tomorrow.

Collapse -

Not something

by AnsuGisalas In reply to That would be very cool

which will be over in a jiffy...
I read somewhere it might be visible during the day...
It's not that distant, you see.

Collapse -

Indeed it would be visible during the day

by Michael Jay In reply to Not something

possible that it would be as bright as a full moon, but at night it would be so cool, and yes it could be up for several weeks or even months before fading to darkness.

The only way to know is to see it happen.

Related Discussions

Related Forums