False color, true images

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I.e. home surveillance cameras are not good enough.


This is exactly how I take pictures of my cat…

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Do NOT take false color images of cats - some things should not be revealed.


Who decides which way up the images should be shown? If you turn these upside down, the heart shape looks more like it’s part of the three-leaf clover (with the third leaf stretching over the top). Would we have been so ready to see a heart if the image was oriented differently?

Whoever decided that the northern hemisphere is up…
Edit to clarify that up is “north” of the orbital plane of the solar system.


So, normal to the ecliptic on the side that includes Earth’s north pole, then?

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Yep, right hand rule to the orbital direction and the majority of planetary rotations.

Ah this old chestnut,

Our eyes catch such a narrow band of the spectrum, they are not really reliable instruments at all. If anything the spectrometer on the craft gives quantitive data that is more ‘real’ than we see.

The reason scientists don’t normally bother with the idea of a true colour image is because vision is subjective. It isn’t useful to us.

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I don’t want to be human! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I want to - I want to smell dark matter!

Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can’t even express these things properly because I have to - I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid limiting spoken language! But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws! And feel the wind of a supernova flowing over me!

I’m a machine! And I can know much more! I can experience so much more. But I’m trapped in this absurd body!


Gah, thanks, now Pluto is also a portal to existential dread! Semiotically appropriate, I suppose…

Raw radiometric data is “realer” than what we see in the sense that it’s closer to what’s actually “out there” than any specific set of colorimetric data, whether converted to imagery or not. It’s more complete, more thorough.

Subjectively though, those maroons are beautiful, aren’t they? Hadean scabs.

That’s what transhumanism is for.

You are not alone. Let’s go to the lab.

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