Here's what it looks like today! Nearly there! Image Credit: Rubin Observatory/NSF/AURA
Whoops 2017 not 2015!
Here's what the observatory looked like in 2015 (image credit: Rubin Observatory/NSF/AURA)
The observatory is being constructed right now in Chile. It is expected to turn on mid-2024.
The telecon is about the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, which is going to find an order of magnitude more Solar System objects than we know of today!
Toot = a post (or 'tweet')
Boost = re-sharing content (or 'retweet')
Favourite = liking or bookmarking something (or a 'star')
CW = content warning (basically self-censoring a post)
Instance = a version of Mastodon (like a Discord server or Reddit subreddit)
Remember 2 things:
1. if you don't like the way an instance is governed, you can always choose another
2. The internet isn't the be-all of life. Go outside & enjoy the sunshine
And now the adrenaline rush has ended. I’ve been able to tap into my giving a science/public talk persona when teaching but it’s tiring. It’s 5 o’clock. Time to go home. 🥱
A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!
So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.
This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.
In two weeks we talk about social media.I now have a slide about mastodon.
Planetary scientist & astronomer at Queen’s University Belfast: KBOs, Planet Four(Mars), exoplanets (Planet Hunters NGTS) ,LSST SSSC co-chair. Opinions posted are my own
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