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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by shpalman » Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:08 pm

molto tricky

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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Al Capone Junior » Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:05 am

Mike Brown is trying to ruin western civilization, again.

https://astronomy.com/magazine/2020/01/ ... lanet-nine

https://mikebrown.caltech.edu/

More theoretical data, but I hope he finds it. Will be awesome when he does. :D

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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Grumble » Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:42 am

Al Capone Junior wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:05 am
Mike Brown is trying to ruin western civilization, again.

https://astronomy.com/magazine/2020/01/ ... lanet-nine

https://mikebrown.caltech.edu/

More theoretical data, but I hope he finds it. Will be awesome when he does. :D
Is there anything more recent than that? I will go for a hunt.

Edit: doesn’t seem to be. All gone a bit quiet from Mike Brown, but of course since that article was published we’ve had Covid-19, so maybe his research has been delayed?
You’ve got no chutzpah, your organisational skills are lacklustre and your timekeeping is abysmal.

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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Gfamily » Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:13 am

A useful 'rule of thumb' when thinking about the size of the Solar System and the distances to the nearest stars is:
If the distance from the Earth to the Sun is 1 inch, a light year is a mile.

So, on that scale, we're 1 inch from the centre, that 'FarOut' object, is just over 10ft away, and to get to the nearest star is over 4 miles.
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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by dyqik » Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:46 pm

Grumble wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:42 am
Al Capone Junior wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:05 am
Mike Brown is trying to ruin western civilization, again.

https://astronomy.com/magazine/2020/01/ ... lanet-nine

https://mikebrown.caltech.edu/

More theoretical data, but I hope he finds it. Will be awesome when he does. :D
Is there anything more recent than that? I will go for a hunt.

Edit: doesn’t seem to be. All gone a bit quiet from Mike Brown, but of course since that article was published we’ve had Covid-19, so maybe his research has been delayed?
The project I'm working on has Planet 9 as one of the subsidiary science items (goal is too strong a word here). We'll be scanning 70% of the sky to 1 mJy per pixel per day, for 7 years, at wavelengths across the peak of the blackbody spectrum for Kuiper and Oort cloud objects.

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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Al Capone Junior » Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:14 pm

Grumble wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:42 am

Is there anything more recent than that? I will go for a hunt.

Edit: doesn’t seem to be. All gone a bit quiet from Mike Brown, but of course since that article was published we’ve had Covid-19, so maybe his research has been delayed?
Haha I didn't even look at the date of the paper, it came to me as a link to a "news" story that was a few weeks old. Slow news week when you're rehashing theoretical derivations of unseen planets which are perturbing Kuiper belt objects (Plutinos? Minor planets? I can't remember which is which*).

*But I know Pluto, as interesting as it is, ain't no planet. It doesn't clear its orbit. Third criterion fail.

And I'm not sure about it being the primary thing in orbit, as Charon is not that much smaller, and thus they orbit a common center of mass. Are double planets cool? Does that one have wiggle room? Or have those evil astronomers conspired against poor Pluto again?

But if you really think about it, a planetary lineup that had both Pluto and Jupiter would really just not be right. Yes, earth is dinky next to Jupiter, but you can still see it. Jupiter has side-eddies on its smallest storms that would render dinky Pluto null and void.

Actually I found the whole Pluto hullabaloo quite humorous, especially what happened to Neil Degrass tyson with the 5th grader hate mail. :shock:

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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Al Capone Junior » Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:00 pm

Anyone who likes space and planetary science, especially if you also like history, should watch Parallax Nick on youtube

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC0QdW-H7_l0zh_CoNhlwoBw

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Re: Astronomy and Space

Post by Gfamily » Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:45 pm

Maybe surprisingly little attention has been given to the first completely private crewed orbital space mission.
Proper space tourism. Cost ~ $30 M, about $113 M raised in a raffle for charity.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/202 ... ilian-crew

A nice tweet thread from someone we know who is looking to get into sci communications.
https://twitter.com/DrJeniMillard/statu ... 87457?s=20
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