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Dark matter observatory on Nimbus IV
Though a scientific failure, the dark matter observatory on Nimbus IV preserves Zargonian architecture at its finest.
About this creation
Please feel free to look over the images and skip the verbiage.

The Zargons discovered dark matter just like we did. They surveyed their sky for all the matter they could find while paying close attention to how the matter moved and clumped at galactic and larger scales.



They eventually realized that there must be a good deal more to the observable universe than ordinary matter, which astronomers still detect for the most part through the electromagnetic radiation it emits or reflects. Indeed, the large-scale observations demanded a universe consisting mostly of some strange dark matter detectable only through its gravitation.





When the Emperor first learned of dark matter, he was seized by an image he couldn't shake: If beings of ordinary matter exist, why not dark matter beings, too? And for all he knew, one could be standing right next to him, mocking his every word and gesture!



Delusion soon turned to obsession, and before long, the vast resources of the Zargon Empire had been spent with but one goal in mind: To make the Emperor's dark detractor visible.

The scientific quest to render dark matter visible in some manner turned first to the Arana Cluster, home to the largest concentration then known. The Zargon outpost on distant Nimbus IV was thought to provide the best vantage, and there the Emperor constructed this lavish dark matter observatory, the first and most costly of its kind.



Twelve Class M planets had to be dissolved in acid just to supply the germanium and xenon for the radial array of weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) detectors.

When it became clear that no dark matter images would be forthcoming, the Emperor had the observatory raised up on a pedestal for a better view, but still nothing.









The dark matter observatory was ultimately abandoned as a scientific failure, but exoarcheologists still point to the well-preserved edifice as the finest example of Zargonian architecture anywhere.

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Notes

This tablescrap nearly fell together on its own from a large lot of random brick I found myself sorting several days after Denver Comic Con. Imaginary worlds were a dime a dozen there.

The back story probably bubbled back up from a recurring theme recently encountered in Robert Courtland's wonderful history Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common Man-Made Material. Apparently, wacko emperors and their grand and disastrous follies have always been with us.

Background inspiration also came from the work of favorite builder David Roberts, who knows how to spin a colorful space yarn.



With the pedestal, BTW, the model also makes a nice bowling trophy.

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Specifications with pedestal

Overall dimensions:280x136 mm (DxH)
Mass:~250 g
Instruments and detectors:56 weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) detectors, 4 dark-field telescopes for massive compact halo object (MACHO) detection, and a gravitational wave spectrometer
Modified LEGO® parts:None
Non-LEGO® parts:None
Credits:Original MOC with inspiration from favorite builder David Roberts
See also:Andromeda disk top and Blacktron Chamberlain-class Capitulator

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Comments

 I made it 
  June 29, 2016
Quoting Magma ! Round shapes in LEGO are always fun to look at. Great MOC!
Thanks, Magma! Couldn't agree more about round things in LEGO. Even better are round things spinning round -- as you'll see in my folder full of spinning tops at http://mocpages.com/folder.php/188421.
  June 29, 2016
Round shapes in LEGO are always fun to look at. Great MOC!
 I made it 
  June 28, 2016
Quoting Nick Barrett I was thinking of David Roberts even before you mentioned him. I love a well constructed fantastical yarn like this.
Thanks, Nick! Pleased that you liked the back story.
  June 27, 2016
Hey Jeremy, I made something that might make you laugh a little: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/430127
 I like it 
  June 27, 2016
I was thinking of David Roberts even before you mentioned him. I love a well constructed fantastical yarn like this.
 I made it 
  June 27, 2016
Quoting D H Love it! Creative and fun design/story, and the colors make it even more of a feast for the eyes!
Many thanks, D H! Really enjoyed the color freedom offered by this build. Most of my MOCs are working Technic gadgets of one kind or another, and strategically chosen accents are usually the best I can do on the color front.
 I made it 
  June 27, 2016
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus I kind of wish it were photographed with a background at least. But it looks good and the concept is interesting.
Thanks! Backgrounds would certainly be nice, but for me, it comes down to resource allocation. For starters, backgrounds would add a good bit to the time and energy I already put into my MOCs and MOCpages, which have a higher priority for me. A permanent studio for MOC photography would make backgrounds a lot easier, but I have neither the space nor the lighting equipment for that.
 I like it 
  June 27, 2016
Love it! Creative and fun design/story, and the colors make it even more of a feast for the eyes!
  June 26, 2016
I kind of wish it were photographed with a background at least. But it looks good and the concept is interesting.
 I made it 
  June 25, 2016
Quoting Brick Boy Nice work! I like how colorful it is, and the story complements the build.
Thank you! The colors kind of came together by themselves from a large pile of brick I was sorting. Doubt that I would have chosen them by design, but I like the result, too.
 I like it 
  June 25, 2016
Nice work! I like how colorful it is, and the story complements the build.
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  June 25, 2016
Quoting Oran Cruzen That glass table top when photographed at just the right angle looks like a calm lake with just a little ripple effect!
I like that effect, too -- especially with boats. You see it a lot in my MOCpages because the lighting there is almost always good with no setup involved.
 I made it 
  June 25, 2016
Quoting VAkkron ™ From Dark Matter beings to salted Licorice, I've learned things today! Thanks Jeremy for giving me something to think about! The story is wonderful and certainly could belong in the David Roberts Story Collection. Very nice! Now why do I feel like there's something sitting next to me, mimicking my every motion... ?
Many thanks, VAkkron! Sorry about that. Wishing now that I'd never had that idea, 'cause I can't shake that feeling either.
  June 25, 2016
That glass table top when photographed at just the right angle looks like a calm lake with just a little ripple effect!
 I made it 
  June 25, 2016
Quoting Oran Cruzen WOW! Give me a minute to recover from seeing this! Ok, wonderful my friend! Oh, when you have a chance let me know what you think of this design: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/430053
Thanks, Oran! I'll check it out.
 I like it 
  June 25, 2016
From Dark Matter beings to salted Licorice, I've learned things today! Thanks Jeremy for giving me something to think about! The story is wonderful and certainly could belong in the David Roberts Story Collection. Very nice! Now why do I feel like there's something sitting next to me, mimicking my every motion... ?
 I like it 
  June 25, 2016
WOW! Give me a minute to recover from seeing this! Ok, wonderful my friend! Oh, when you have a chance let me know what you think of this design: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/430053
 I made it 
  June 24, 2016
Quoting Nils O. Very cool, I really like the unusual style of the architecture. Well done! :-))
Thanks, Nils!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2016
Very cool, I really like the unusual style of the architecture. Well done! :-))
 I made it 
  June 23, 2016
Quoting Oliver Becker Sweeeet 'cause my first thought was: licorice! No matter which way and no matter how hard I try to make my fault undone, dark matter is no laughing matter!? Apparently it's vice versa, my friend! Love your creation, description and the mentions! :)
Thanks, Oliver! I'd be absolutely delighted if dark matter turned out to be salted licorice, my all-time favorite treat. I envy your access to good salted licorice in northern Germany. In my experience, it's very hard to find outside the Baltic region and almost non-existent in the US now.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2016
Quoting David Roberts Firstly, thank you ever so much for the mentioms in your description :D. I love the idea of the Emperor's dark matter shadow, following and mocking him and his vain efforts to pin it down. The obsessions and follies of the powerful! The build looks great, though it's a little too close to Blacktron for this spaceman's liking!
Thanks, David! Had to give credit where credit was due. You are, after all, the undisputed master of "bringing color to space". Hmmm, perhaps you undertook that cause in reaction to Blacktron? Glad you enjoyed the back story. Given the prevalence of obsession around here, good thing none of us are emperors!
 I like it 
  June 23, 2016
Sweeeet 'cause my first thought was: licorice! No matter which way and no matter how hard I try to make my fault undone, dark matter is no laughing matter!? Apparently it's vice versa, my friend! Love your creation, description and the mentions! :)
 I like it 
  June 23, 2016
Firstly, thank you ever so much for the mentioms in your description :D. I love the idea of the Emperor's dark matter shadow, following and mocking him and his vain efforts to pin it down. The obsessions and follies of the powerful! The build looks great, though it's a little too close to Blacktron for this spaceman's liking!
 
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