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Best place to see stars near San Francisco?

I have a hunger to see the night sky in all its glory. Where can I go to within 50 miles of San Francisco to be awed by a sky full of stars?
posted by mono blanco on Dec 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Where to see stars near lake Geneva

We are going to be in Lake Geneva this weekend where can we get away from light pollution and see the Milky way? [more inside]
posted by dstopps on Oct 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Where to see the stars (the space ones) +/- 2 hours from LA?

Good news: After a long period of being broke as a joke, I fell into a little bit of cash. I'd like to take the lady friend on a trip. She recently mentioned that she'd never seen a real night sky. I'd like to change that. Where, say, plus/minus 2 hours from Los Angeles can two young folk go see a sky full of starts? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

What does space look like when you're in space?

Once you've flown away from the Earth what's the view like during interplanetary travel? Do planets look as they do on Earth, or are they brighter? What about the stars—or does the sun wash out a lot unless you're in a shadow? Aside from very bright, what does an unshielded sun look like? How far do you need to travel before you loose sight of the Moon? Is any of this like playing Kerble Space Program? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker on Jul 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Things Girls Don't Understand About My Drunk Kitchen

Recommend other Youtube channels/artists, now that Jenna Marbles and My Drunk Kitchen are annoying? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jan 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Sun and Sun and Moon and Moon and Moon

A world with binary suns and multiple satellites that can still be livable by a diverse (even lush) assortment of life forms - true or not? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Nov 30, 2012 - 11 answers

How many stars we see are already gone?

How many of the stars whose light we see at night are actually already dead/gone/disintegrated? [more inside]
posted by progosk on Aug 18, 2012 - 7 answers

What were these flying 'stars' I saw yesterday evening?

Yesterday evening I was looking at the sky and noticed a star like object flying across the sky. As I watched I noticed there were 5 or so more... and then a moment later even more, perhaps 9 or 10, moving at the same speed across the sky, South to North, at a rather slow pace, yet I got the impression they were very high up so in actual fact moving at some speed. I called out to the wife to see them and she saw them also. So I guess the question is, what objects flying across the sky may look like stars moving? I thought satellites but never thought they flew in clusters like that. [more inside]
posted by razzman on Jul 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Dark sky, cheap telescope, totally inexperienced operator. What can I see?

Astronomy/Skygazing Beginner: I'm gonna be camping out in a dark place, and I have access to a cheap low-consumer-grade telescope. Is it worth it to take it? What could it see? What could I reliably find? Three technically-competent operators, but zero experience/familiarity with the use of any telescope. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Hypothetical Astronomy

If all non-solar-system stars ceased to exist, how would things look different to us on earth? Would anything change? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on May 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Amazon Five Star items

Is it possible to search Amazon.com for the highest rated, five star products, across all departments? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on May 7, 2012 - 1 answer

Where is a good place to star gaze the night of May 20 around Sonoma, CA?

Where is a good place to star gaze the night of May 20 around Sonoma, CA? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Apr 19, 2012 - 7 answers

The Stars are Exploding?

My housemate and I just saw a bright pinpoint flash (approx intensity and size of Rigel) in the sky, lasting about an eighth of a second, what's it likely to have been? [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

You know Robot Unicorn Attack? Like that!

Is there a name for the kind of aesthetic you find in Sailor Moon, the Sixth Doctor's TV intro, and Robot Unicorn Attack? What's the history of the whole magical-sparkles-in-space thing, and where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Feb 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Star stud earrings from "Starryeyed" music video

Where can I find the star stud earrings featured in this Ellie Goulding video? They appear to be shaped like 5-pointed stars, have gems at the base of each triangle, and one in the center. My wife loves starry earrings, stud earrings, and Ellie Goulding, and I would love to get them (or a reasonable clone) for her. [more inside]
posted by Xoder on Feb 14, 2012 - 7 answers

How to contact big name talent?

Any tips for securing big name (sort of) talent for an indie pilot? [more inside]
posted by djduckie on Jan 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are.

What makes a star "twinkle"? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jan 4, 2012 - 13 answers

To infinity and beyond

If the expanse of the universe is infinite, does it necessarily follow that the number of stars and planets is also infinite?
posted by HotPatatta on Nov 30, 2011 - 13 answers

How to create a galaxy?

How do I create the dark gas of a galaxy within Maya? [more inside]
posted by supyo on Oct 3, 2011 - 1 answer

Help Me Make My Mom Cry Happy Tears

Looking for an old children's book from the 1940's, about some kids who buy magic star-shaped cookies that, when thrown into the sky, provide a stairway to another world. Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 15, 2010 - 4 answers

How to respond to a Charlie the Unicorn when you can't take his freakin' kidney.

Every week during Poetry Workshop, we write criticisms on our classmates' poems. This week, my friend handed me this. How can I retaliate next week? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Nov 10, 2010 - 31 answers

Songs about movie stars

I need inspiration for a playlist - all songs about actors [OR by movie stars that don't normally sing]. So - Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood", works well, as does Clint Eastwood - "I talk to the trees". I prefer songs about the stars, but by is acceptable too.
posted by dash_slot- on Sep 23, 2010 - 91 answers

Honey, the stars are acting crazy.....

We just saw the stars do the craziest thing in the night sky - what happened?! [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Jul 10, 2010 - 13 answers

higher than the stars

I'm looking for songs. Very specific songs. Synth-pop songs, with female vocalists, that are related (tangentially) to the word "stars." [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Jul 1, 2010 - 28 answers

How much money does the gossip magazine / gossip blog / tabloid industry make?

So, celebrity gossip is everywhere and lots of $$$ is forked out for images of famous babies, etcetera... BUT how much money does the gossip industry MAKE? [more inside]
posted by Elle Vator on Dec 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me find "Living Famously"

Can anyone help me track down a documentary series called "Living Famously"? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Sep 3, 2009 - 2 answers

Where do those star ratings for movies in TV listings come from?

Where do those star ratings for movies in TV listings come from? [more inside]
posted by RotJ on Jun 25, 2009 - 2 answers

Was the entire universe created by the Big Bang, or is the space/time generated by the Big Bang part of a larger universe?

Was the entire universe created by the Big Bang, or is the space/time generated by the Big Bang part of a larger universe? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Jun 23, 2009 - 23 answers

What did we see in the Kenyan sky?

Did we see the International Space Station on Friday night from the beach in Malindi, Kenya? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Apr 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Weird Star?

AstronomyFilter: What was that crazy thing I saw in the sky? [more inside]
posted by bmalicoat on Aug 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Help introduce me to new indie music.

Help introduce me to new indie music and any blogs that cover them. [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx on Mar 25, 2008 - 24 answers

My god, it's full of Stars

I'm looking for a series of hardback science fiction anthologies I dimly remember from childhood (sometime in the mid 80s). I think it had a one word title with a number, and the series went up to at least number five. I remember two stories in particular... [more inside]
posted by Artw on Jan 13, 2008 - 11 answers

poster for my boyfriends office

My boyfriend got a cool promotion but he's keeping the same office so I want to celebrate by giving him a new framed poster. Please suggest some good places where I could order one online. (The poster, not the frame.) [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Nov 12, 2007 - 20 answers

Starstruck!

Please reccomend a tattoo artist in either the Augusta, GA or Charlotte/Gastonia NC area who has experience working with white ink in pieces. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Oct 26, 2007 - 2 answers

Best places to stargaze in the Midwest US?

I am trying to organize a short camping trip with a friend. We would like to go somewhere in Southeastern Missouri, Southern Illinois or Southwestern Kentucky where there is little to no light pollution. Our plan is to spend some time photographing the stars, particularly the band of the Milky Way that's visible here on Earth when skies are clear. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman on Jul 25, 2007 - 12 answers

Seeing stars

What does it mean if I'm seeing stars? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Jul 2, 2007 - 19 answers

Talking out of my arse, once again

Help me show my wife that I am not a complete and utter windbag (at least concerning horror movies) [more inside]
posted by rtimmel on Apr 5, 2007 - 28 answers

Would the stars really look like that?

Would the stars really look like that? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Jan 16, 2007 - 9 answers

Town with stars on their roofs for Christmas?

Trying to track down a town where a resident makes Christmas-light star decorations for the roof of every house in the town. Vaguely remembered details from an NPR story inside. [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Dec 7, 2006 - 4 answers

Am I turning into a boxing cartoon?

Y'know how, in cartoons, when one is knocked out, particularly in a boxing match, there'll be stars floating around your head as you lay there? My grandfather said this was based on a real medical condition where boxers would see 'stars' of light in their field of vision after getting knocked out, and I need to know more about this. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Nov 21, 2006 - 32 answers

How common are shooting stars?

Is it possible to see random shooting stars, or am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe on Aug 22, 2006 - 18 answers

How do stars work in Google?

How do stars work in Google? David Beaver describes a series of searches using multiple asterisks in this Language Log post; specifically, he says: "there is * * * * a house in New Orleans" gets, at time of writing, precisely the same number of hits, 3560, as "there is a house in New Orleans" But when I click on the former, I only get two hits. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by languagehat on Mar 8, 2005 - 16 answers

Overrated Stars

HollywoodFilter: Who are the Most Overrated Stars in ShowBiz?
Full Disclosure: This is research for a paid writing assignment on the subject. (And I'll be sad but accepting if Matt chooses to delete) I usually rely on my own opinion and depth of knowledge, and have been Google-fishing this like crazy, but this topic is so general that I want as many outside suggestions as I can collect.
NOTE: I am not looking for the latest teen queen lip-syncher or reality show discovery, I'm looking for candidates with a longer, more successful showbiz career than their obvious level of talent deserves. Actors, singers, comics, 'personalities', maybe even writer/creators. William Shatner (IMHO) is my poster boy. (And no dead people, please)
posted by wendell on Nov 4, 2004 - 112 answers

Help, can you identify these three symbols?

I am trying to identify three different symbols, two of which were bumper stickers and one is a popular tattoo...[mi] [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Aug 27, 2004 - 11 answers

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