[aclug-L] Re: Put that laser pointing device to use
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On Tue, 30 Oct 2001, David Carmichael wrote:
> Inexpensive, yet surprisingly powerful laser pointing devices have
> become ubiquitous in America. Millions of people own such a device.
> Laser light stays coherent over vast distances, the beams spreading
> very little. In theory, even a single laser pointer could reach the
> Moon. The original idea behind Paint the Moon was to organize
> millions of people in North America to shine their laser pointers on
> one area of the Moon at one time, in an artistic experiment to see if
> we can create a temporary visible field of color on our nearest
> celestial neighbor.
I think this paintthemoon.org guy may need a quick physics lesson. It
would take at least billions of these things to even hope to be able to do
something that could be seen with the naked eye.
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