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# Jugglers in space

Jugglers in space
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They should send jugglers into space
 — JesusHChrist, Aug 21 2012

Three-body problem http://en.wikipedia.../Three_body_problem
Gravitational perturbation. [8th of 7, Aug 23 2012]

Yes. ALL the mimes.
 — 8th of 7, Aug 21 2012

 Category - public: royalty ?

When there's screaming, it's difficult to concentrate...
 — normzone, Aug 21 2012

A problem which has spurred on the development of the triple-glazed glass mime box.
 — 8th of 7, Aug 22 2012

Can't help picturing those of vague juggler appearance floating dead and frozen against the blackness of space amongst a scattering of bowling pins and coloured balls.
 — rcarty, Aug 22 2012

 Well, it would be rather tricky on the inside of a space wheel, to compensate for the coriolis effect (if that is what it could be called).

 For a greater trick, throw and catch on the other side, at 180 degrees...

P.S. How would the flaming torch act be done?
 — Ling, Aug 22 2012

On re-entry.
 — 8th of 7, Aug 22 2012

 // bowling pins //

 Actually, they are descended from Indian Clubs, the old exercise equipment. Jugglers call them "clubs".

An astronaut did some "juggling" with apples on one of the space stations. He mostly just moved floating things from place to place. There was some argument whether one can properly juggle while experiencing Zero-G. (The argument was settled by an all-night Combat derby. (The "It wasn't juggling" faction won. (Nobody died.)))
 — baconbrain, Aug 23 2012

Maybe if the smaller object is moved in an orbit around the juggler then something akin to juggling could be done in space.
 — rcarty, Aug 23 2012

I've got it. You put a juggler in space. A really fucking accurate juggler. You tell him to throw 6 billion juggling pins just to the left of a nearby planet, to such a degree that the pin is hooked by the gravitational force of the planet, swings round it and exits its orbit, flying back to where the juggler is, some 2 years later. He then begins to catch them and throw them again as they arrive, forming a constant flow of juggling pins, 6 billion in number.
 — theleopard, Aug 23 2012

 Won't (can't) work.

 — 8th of 7, Aug 23 2012

Oh yeah, when he throws the first one, he'll move in the opposite direction by the same force. This is hard.
 — theleopard, Aug 23 2012

Maybe if the juggler uses science then it would work?
 — rcarty, Aug 23 2012

One juggler doesn't work, but two would, if they tossed clubs to one another. [+]
 — sqeaketh the wheel, Aug 23 2012

 In freefall, they'd move further apart; conservation of momentum.

 Each club thrown would produce an equal an opposite reaction. Each club caught would transfer its momentum to the combined club-juggler system.

 As their separation and velocities increased, accuracy would become increasingly inportant (and difficult)

 Also, each "throw" and "catch" has to be precisely in line with the juggler's centre of mass, otherwise some of the momentum becomes rotational.

We went outside the Cube and tried this- it's really hard to do and made us dizzy.
 — 8th of 7, Aug 23 2012

That's an interesting closed system...not that the jugglers are becoming separated (centre of mass is the same), but that a slight change of angle of throw causes one juggler to spin, but the other hardly at all. On second thoughts...they must end up spinning with the same overall momentum, (ignoring the obviously spinning pin), so...?
 — Ling, Aug 24 2012

Throw in some jaguars and jugulars and you've got my bun.
 — AusCan531, Aug 24 2012

 "Gun-Juggler could do it..."

 "He could be juggling with just slightly less force than the discharge of each bullet if each shot had the right trajectory... and he could even pirouette if'n he wanted to."



 "Prove he couldn't."

<eerie bandelero music in background>
 — 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Aug 24 2012

[2 fries], meet Mr Newton. Mr Newton, meet [2 fries]. He would like you to explain the fundamentals of mechanics to him, as he clearly has absolutely no concept of what they are.
 — 8th of 7, Aug 25 2012

 Ah, you spotted the strings super-glued to the triggers then...

Newton and me are cool.
 — 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Aug 26 2012

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