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derekmcd

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<p>An idea I borrowed from another forum.&nbsp; Get the answer right and you choose the next question.&nbsp; I'd prefer no search engines, but do as you must.&nbsp; Ok, first question:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Who was the first to come up with the concept of the atom?&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div> </div><br /><div><span style="color:#0000ff" class="Apple-style-span">"If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing." - Homer Simpson</span></div> </div>
 
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cosmicdustbunnie

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Got the idea from another forum and looks like fun.&nbsp; Pose a question and whoever gets it correct get to pick the next question.&nbsp; I'd prefer no search engine use, but do as you must.&nbsp;Who was the first to propose the concept of an Atom?&nbsp; <br />Posted by derekmcd</DIV></p><p><br /><br />John Dalton but i expect because you are more intellectually endowed than I, it will be someone alot older <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-wink.gif" border="0" alt="Wink" title="Wink" />&nbsp;or a trick question!</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="2" color="#ff0000">*<font color="#ff6600">t</font><font color="#ffcc00">w</font><font color="#00ff00">i</font><font color="#00ffff">n</font><font color="#00ccff">k</font><font color="#993366">l</font><font color="#0000ff">e </font><font color="#800080">t</font><font color="#ff00ff">w</font><font color="#ff0000">i</font><font color="#ff6600">n</font><font color="#ffcc00">k</font><font color="#00ff00">l</font><font color="#00ffff">e</font><font color="#993366">*</font></font></p> </div>
 
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derekmcd

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>John Dalton but i expect because you are more intellectually endowed than I, it will be someone alot older &nbsp;or a trick question! <br /> Posted by cosmicdustbunnie</DIV></p><p>Great answer (I actually had to look him up), but not the guy I'm thinking of.&nbsp; He predates him by quite a bit.&nbsp; I used to use a paraphrased quote of his as my old signature.</p><p>Have you seen my avatar and signature?&nbsp; Intellectually endowed, I am not. <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-tongue-out.gif" border="0" alt="Tongue out" title="Tongue out" /> </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div> </div><br /><div><span style="color:#0000ff" class="Apple-style-span">"If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing." - Homer Simpson</span></div> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'><font color="#ff0000">Great answer (I actually had to look him up), but not the guy I'm thinking of.&nbsp; He predates him by quite a bit.&nbsp; I used to use a paraphrased quote of his as my old signature.Have you seen my avatar and signature?&nbsp; Intellectually endowed, I am not. <br />Posted by derekmcd</font></DIV></p><p><strong><font size="2" color="#000000">I thought that Leonardo Da Vinci proposed that matter was made of energy & 'tiny particles'.</font></strong></p><p><strong><font size="2" color="#000000">Could be wrong though.</font></strong></p><p><strong><font size="2" color="#000000">Andrew Brown.<br /></font></strong></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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Mee_n_Mac

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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Great answer (I actually had to look him up), but not the guy I'm thinking of.&nbsp; He predates him by quite a bit.&nbsp; I used to use a paraphrased quote of his as my old signature.Have you seen my avatar and signature?&nbsp; Intellectually endowed, I am not. <br />Posted by <strong>derekmcd</strong></DIV><br /><br />I recall the word atom comes from the Greek word for "indivisible" so I believe it was&nbsp;a Greek who get's credit.&nbsp; I could not recall his name ... until I looked it up (then it was a&nbsp;"doh" moment).&nbsp; Because of the latter I will disqualify myself and say no more. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>-----------------------------------------------------</p><p><font color="#ff0000">Ask not what your Forum Software can do do on you,</font></p><p><font color="#ff0000">Ask it to, please for the love of all that's Holy, <strong>STOP</strong> !</font></p> </div>
 
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cosmicdustbunnie

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Lavoisier? is that even spelt right?! hehe :) <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="2" color="#ff0000">*<font color="#ff6600">t</font><font color="#ffcc00">w</font><font color="#00ff00">i</font><font color="#00ffff">n</font><font color="#00ccff">k</font><font color="#993366">l</font><font color="#0000ff">e </font><font color="#800080">t</font><font color="#ff00ff">w</font><font color="#ff0000">i</font><font color="#ff6600">n</font><font color="#ffcc00">k</font><font color="#00ff00">l</font><font color="#00ffff">e</font><font color="#993366">*</font></font></p> </div>
 
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derekmcd

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Mee_n_Mac is on the right path...<br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div> </div><br /><div><span style="color:#0000ff" class="Apple-style-span">"If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing." - Homer Simpson</span></div> </div>
 
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cosmicdustbunnie

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<br />leucippe (now im cheating) ;) <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="2" color="#ff0000">*<font color="#ff6600">t</font><font color="#ffcc00">w</font><font color="#00ff00">i</font><font color="#00ffff">n</font><font color="#00ccff">k</font><font color="#993366">l</font><font color="#0000ff">e </font><font color="#800080">t</font><font color="#ff00ff">w</font><font color="#ff0000">i</font><font color="#ff6600">n</font><font color="#ffcc00">k</font><font color="#00ff00">l</font><font color="#00ffff">e</font><font color="#993366">*</font></font></p> </div>
 
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Swampcat

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<p>Aristotle?</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="3" color="#ff9900"><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong><em>------------------------------------------------------------------- </em></strong></font></p><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong><em>"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."</em></strong></font></p><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong>Thomas Jefferson</strong></font></p></font> </div>
 
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vastbluesky92

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Aristotle?&nbsp; <br /> Posted by Swampcat</DIV></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>No, if I remember correctly Aristotle thought that one could contunue to cut matter in half forever. The other guy disagreed with Aristotle but I CAN'T REMEMBER his name for the life of me. But I think that John Dalton was the best answer 'cause the greek guy proposed only that there was a fundamentally small amount of matter, not anything like a modern atom.&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>--____________________________________________--</p><p><font size="1"> Don't be too hard on me...I'm only in PHY 1010 ;)</font></p><p> </p><p><font color="#339966">         The following goes without saying:</font> </p> </div>
 
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derekmcd

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;No, if I remember correctly Aristotle thought that one could contunue to cut matter in half forever. The other guy disagreed with Aristotle but I CAN'T REMEMBER his name for the life of me. But I think that John Dalton was the best answer 'cause the greek guy proposed only that there was a fundamentally small amount of matter, not anything like a modern atom.&nbsp; <br /> Posted by vastbluesky92</DIV></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The guy I'm thinking of&nbsp; posulated that the elements could be divided up to a certain point until that element was no longer divisible. The term 'atom' is greek, though we all know now that the atom can be broken down further.&nbsp; His concept is still true to this day.&nbsp; I only learned about this guy through reading Leon Lederman's "The God Particle".&nbsp; He opened one of his chapters with the quote (paraphrasing) "There is nothing but atoms and empty space".&nbsp; I read this quote a long time ago and I still find it such an elegant statement describing the universe.&nbsp; It really had a profound affect on me in its simplicity.&nbsp; This coming from a man that lived over 2000 years ago and no empirical way of proving it. </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div> </div><br /><div><span style="color:#0000ff" class="Apple-style-span">"If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing." - Homer Simpson</span></div> </div>
 
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spin0

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<p>First to propose existence of atoms was greek philosopher Demokritos (sp?).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>My turn? :)&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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derekmcd

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>First to propose existence of atoms was greek philosopher Demokritos (sp?).&nbsp;My turn? :)&nbsp; <br /> Posted by spin0</DIV></p><p>We have a winner!!&nbsp; I'm sure the spelling can be varied, but I've always seen it spelled Democritus, though your way looks more Greek.</p><p>I guess if you are sure you got the answer right, just go ahead and ask the next question.&nbsp; If it is, in fact, wrong... who cares.<img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-smile.gif" border="0" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /> </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div> </div><br /><div><span style="color:#0000ff" class="Apple-style-span">"If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing." - Homer Simpson</span></div> </div>
 
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spin0

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>We have a winner!!&nbsp; I'm sure the spelling can be varied, but I've always seen it spelled Democritus, though your way looks more Greek.<br /> Posted by derekmcd</DIV></p><p>It's Finnish spelling so no wonder it looks like Greek to you! :)</p><p>OK, my question is already pending on an another forum, so I'll just copy it over:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>How many known human-made objects are on a trajectory out of our Solar System and what are they?</strong><br /> <br /> This could be trickier than it first appears.<br /> <br /> Oh, and urban legends about high-speed by-products of nuclear detonations doesn't count here, nor yo-yo's. <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-smile.gif" border="0" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /> </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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cosmicdustbunnie

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<p>I'm going to hazard a guess that you mean space missions that are leaving the solar system, so I'm going to go with, voyager 1 and 2, pioneer 10 and 11, and viking</p><p>am i even close? hehe :)<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="2" color="#ff0000">*<font color="#ff6600">t</font><font color="#ffcc00">w</font><font color="#00ff00">i</font><font color="#00ffff">n</font><font color="#00ccff">k</font><font color="#993366">l</font><font color="#0000ff">e </font><font color="#800080">t</font><font color="#ff00ff">w</font><font color="#ff0000">i</font><font color="#ff6600">n</font><font color="#ffcc00">k</font><font color="#00ff00">l</font><font color="#00ffff">e</font><font color="#993366">*</font></font></p> </div>
 
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spin0

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I'm going to hazard a guess that you mean space missions that are leaving the solar system, so I'm going to go with, voyager 1 and 2, pioneer 10 and 11, and vikingam i even close? hehe :) <br /> Posted by cosmicdustbunnie</DIV></p><p>Very close, you got <strong>Voyager 1&2</strong> and <strong>Pioneer 10&11</strong> right, but Vikings landed on Mars.</p><p>Ok, four objects named. But there's more! :)</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Very close, you got Voyager 1&2 and Pioneer 10&11 right, but Vikings landed on Mars.Ok, four objects named. But there's more! :) <br />Posted by spin0</DIV><br /><br />New Horizons is another one. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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spin0

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>New Horizons is another one. <br /> Posted by MeteorWayne</DIV></p><p>Yes, New Horizons. That's five so far:</p><p><strong>Pioneer 10&11, Voyager 1&2 and New Horizons.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But here's the tricky part: there's more!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Since I don't think Google will help much here, let's continue in 20 questions style - hints given by asking simple yes/no questions.<br /> </p><p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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cosmicdustbunnie

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pretty please could u tell us how many there are?! <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-embarassed.gif" border="0" alt="Embarassed" title="Embarassed" />&nbsp;and then we guess at the names!<br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="2" color="#ff0000">*<font color="#ff6600">t</font><font color="#ffcc00">w</font><font color="#00ff00">i</font><font color="#00ffff">n</font><font color="#00ccff">k</font><font color="#993366">l</font><font color="#0000ff">e </font><font color="#800080">t</font><font color="#ff00ff">w</font><font color="#ff0000">i</font><font color="#ff6600">n</font><font color="#ffcc00">k</font><font color="#00ff00">l</font><font color="#00ffff">e</font><font color="#993366">*</font></font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Yes, New Horizons. That's five so far:pioneer 10&11, Voyager 1&2 and New Horizons.&nbsp;But here's the tricky part: there's more!&nbsp;Since I don't think Google will help much here, let's continue in 20 questions style - hints given by asking simple yes/no questions. &nbsp; <br />Posted by spin0</DIV><br /><br />I'm trying to answer without cheating :) <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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cosmicdustbunnie

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I'm trying to answer without cheating :) <br />Posted by MeteorWayne</DIV></p><p>&nbsp;not like you to behave! <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-wink.gif" border="0" alt="Wink" title="Wink" /><br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="2" color="#ff0000">*<font color="#ff6600">t</font><font color="#ffcc00">w</font><font color="#00ff00">i</font><font color="#00ffff">n</font><font color="#00ccff">k</font><font color="#993366">l</font><font color="#0000ff">e </font><font color="#800080">t</font><font color="#ff00ff">w</font><font color="#ff0000">i</font><font color="#ff6600">n</font><font color="#ffcc00">k</font><font color="#00ff00">l</font><font color="#00ffff">e</font><font color="#993366">*</font></font></p> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;<font color="#ff0000">not like you to behave! <br />Posted by cosmicdustbunnie</font></DIV></p><p><strong><font size="2">Pioneer 10 & 11, Voyager 1 & 2 & New Horizons spacecraft & their UPPER STAGES of the launch vehicles, so I make that 10 man made objects, leaving the Solar System.</font></strong></p><p><strong><font size="2">Am I right or not??</font></strong> <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/2/9b6229fe-3663-4a9c-b214-c96598f68878.Medium.gif" alt="" /></p><p><strong><font size="2">Andrew Brown.</font></strong></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Pioneer 10 & 11, Voyager 1 & 2 & New Horizons spacecraft & their UPPER STAGES of the launch vehicles, so I make that 10 man made objects, leaving the Solar System.Am I right or not?? Andrew Brown. <br /> Posted by 3488</DIV></p><p>Woohoo! Close enough and the jury approves! Not 10 but <strong>nine</strong> crafts/objects.</p><p>On a hyperbolic orbit out of our Solar System are following 9 crafts/objects:</p><p>Five probes:</p><p>Pioneer 10 <br />Pioneer 11 <br />Voyager 1 <br />Voyager 2 <br />New Horizons <br /> <br />And following four third rocket-stages:<br />Star-37E (Pioneer 10) <br />Star-37E (Voyager 1) <br />Star-37E (Voyager 2) <br />Star-48B (New Horizons)&nbsp; </p><p>Pioneer 11 used two slingshots (Jupiter and Saturn) to gain necessary speed, but it's rocket booster apparently did not gain enough speed on it's single flyby of Jupiter to leave the SS.</p><p>There are some other objects too:</p><p>Some probes have used detachable yo-yo-weights in the process of spin-stabilizing the craft (New Horizons and possibly Pioneers too). Some of the yo-yo's are leaving the Solar System also. I don't know how many there are. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>And there's one craft which I am a bit uncertain of: the rocket booster PAM-S of Ulysses-probe. Ulysses used Jupiter to gain it's highly inclined orbit around Sun. Ulysses was the fastest launch until New Horizons, but I don't think it's booster stage gained enough angular speed from Jupiter to escape SS. OTOH I don't know it's current orbit either. Here's an applet which shows Ulysses' orbit: http://ulysses-ops.jpl.esa.int/ulsfct/rgpCafe/solsys/solsys.html</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Good thinking Andrew! o/</p><p>Your turn...&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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spin0

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<p>As Andrew hasn't asked a question yet, in the meantime I'll entertain one more question about our Solar System.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On which planet in our Solar System can you see two sunrises during the same solar day?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>As Andrew hasn't asked a question yet, in the meantime I'll entertain one more question about our Solar System.&nbsp;On which planet in our Solar System can you see two sunrises during the same solar day?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Posted by spin0</DIV><br /><br />If I recall it correctly, there was something special regarding Mercury, rotation and sunrises. So, tis Mercury? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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