History Headscratchers / Moonraker

23rd Apr '16 10:38:58 AM DoctorNemesis
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** It's a lot more fun living out your god complex from a space station orbiting the planet with everyone down below looking up at you every time they look into the sky than in a cave somewhere.
12th Mar '16 3:20:05 PM Dragon101
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* Is Jaws supposed to be a good guy just because he found a woman and decided to turn against his master only when he realized it was in his own self-interest? I mean, this is a guy who was morally ok with biting a woman to death just a few days earlier. Clearly not a decent human being.

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* Is Jaws supposed to be a good guy just because he found a woman and decided to turn against his master only when he realized it was in his own self-interest? I mean, this is a guy who was morally ok with biting a woman to death just a few days earlier. Clearly not a decent human being.being.
** He was a good guy when he decided to help James Bond save his girlfriend and the rest of the world. It's called a HeelFaceTurn- he doesn't ''have'' to be a decent human being, but that doesn't mean he isn't doing the right thing.
25th Jan '16 12:22:41 AM Statzkeen
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** As for the possibility that the space station's size would be noticed from the ground as unusually large and bright, its important to remember that angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, consider why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]]

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** As for the possibility that the space station's size would be noticed from the ground as unusually large and bright, its important to remember that angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, consider why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]][[/labelnote]]
* Is Jaws supposed to be a good guy just because he found a woman and decided to turn against his master only when he realized it was in his own self-interest? I mean, this is a guy who was morally ok with biting a woman to death just a few days earlier. Clearly not a decent human being.
25th Jan '16 12:20:29 AM Statzkeen
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*** Why does rotation matter? The earth rotates near the equator at 1,000 mph, much faster than commercial jet craft, so airplanes must move along with the rotation of the earth or else nothing would be able to fly Eastwards over half the planet. Plus, they are in the atmosphere, which clearly rotates with the earth because the wind isn't flying past us at 1,000 mph.
13th Sep '15 4:33:02 AM gsv
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* In the book there's really no need for Drax to [[spoiler:develop the Moonraker and launch his nuclear warhead on London]] when he can just drive it there. M even [[LampshadeHanging lampahades]] this in the last chapter.
16th May '14 11:26:57 AM cliffc999
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** Because even an amateur, looking through a telescope, would quickly realize that the station was ''much'' too big to be an ordinary satellite, and would talk to ''someone'', even if that someone was just the local police, or something in the local paper: "Hey, everyone check out the cool new thing in orbit!"
*** You're forgetting that angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, ask yourself why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]]

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** Because even an amateur, looking through a telescope, would quickly realize As for the possibility that the station was ''much'' too big to be an ordinary satellite, and space station's size would talk to ''someone'', even if that someone was just be noticed from the local police, or something in the local paper: "Hey, everyone check out the cool new thing in orbit!"
*** You're forgetting
ground as unusually large and bright, its important to remember that angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, ask yourself consider why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]]
13th May '14 8:55:15 AM cliffc999
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*** As for 'why no lasers elsewhere in the series', we ''do'' see them. The laser Goldfinger uses to almost execute Bond. The miniature laser in Bond's watch that can cut steel. Lasers of various sizes and shapes, but much more powerful than real-life ones per unit size, are in multiple Bond movies. People just don't use laser rifles on the ground because bullets work just as well down here and are way cheaper.
9th May '14 12:06:12 PM cliffc999
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*** You're forgetting that apparent angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, ask yourself why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]]

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*** You're forgetting that apparent angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, ask yourself why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/labelnote]]
9th May '14 9:46:25 AM cliffc999
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*** You're forgetting that apparent angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, ask yourself why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[note]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/note]

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*** You're forgetting that apparent angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the further away something is from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. For another example of this phenomenon, ask yourself why the sun and the moon look about the same size in the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[note]]Because [[labelnote:Answer]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away than the moon, of course.[[/note][[/labelnote]]
9th May '14 9:45:09 AM cliffc999
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*** You're forgetting that apparent angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the higher up the thing is orbiting the smaller it will look, even if its actual size is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. The modern ISS, for example, orbits at only 230 miles of altitude. If Drax's station was in geosync that means it would be ''100 times further away''. Which means that unless it was ''more'' than 100x as big as the ISS it would still present a smaller apparent dot to an observer on the groundm not a larger one.

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*** You're forgetting that apparent angular diameter is directly proportional to the size of the object in question '''and''' inversely proportional to the distance between the object and the observer. Or, in plain English, the higher up the thing further away something is orbiting from you the smaller it will look, even if its actual size when viewed up close is pretty huge. Since we're never told exactly at what altitude Drax's station is orbiting at, we can't make ''any'' assumptions about how it would look from the ground... or, for that matter, whether it would be visible to the naked eye at all. The modern ISS, for example, orbits at only 230 miles For another example of altitude. If Drax's station was this phenomenon, ask yourself why the sun and the moon look about the same size in geosync that means it would be ''100 the sky when the sun has approximately 400 times the diameter of the moon. [[note]]Because the sun is also approximately 400 times further away''. Which means that unless it was ''more'' away than 100x as big as the ISS it would still present a smaller apparent dot to an observer on the groundm not a larger one.moon, of course.[[/note]
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