Comments on Mike Brown's Planets: Heading South, Looking Up
"we could see things 100 times fainter than C..."we could see things 100 times fainter than Clyde"<br />Of course, we all know that this is impressive, because Clyde was pretty dim.
@exofever: not only that, but McNaught himself act...@exofever: not only that, but McNaught himself actually took all of the images that we are using for the search
The Uppsala Southern Schmidt telescope has made ot...The Uppsala Southern Schmidt telescope has made other discoveries in the past. It was used to find Comet McNaught!<br /><br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uppsala_Southern_Schmidt_Telescope
@Mike Brown: Well, I am an IDL has-been as well, t...@Mike Brown: Well, I am an IDL has-been as well, though our telescopes are pointed mainly the other way these days (FUV spectroscopy/aeronomy from LEO).<br /><br />I have taught myself to speak a little bit of Python though: Hsssssss.
Hello, Phillip :D
Thanks for the link. Alex Park...Hello, Phillip :D<br /><br />Thanks for the link. Alex Parker and K. Kaavelars would probably be very pleased to learn that the work I've done with GravitySimulator amply confirms their work. I have flown virtual binaries past Neptune a LOT and they get ripped apart or collide. The Cold Classical belt has not been disturbed by Neptune to any great degree.<br /><br />Nevertheless I do think other populations have been disturbed by an as-yet-undiscovered object somewhere between 5 and 25 times the mass of Neptune. I wish I could call it Nemesis but the name's already taken. The Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer is out looking for the object right now. This is not news to regular readers of this blog. Rather than take up more space on Mike's blog:<br /><br />http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=435573268&blogId=456995212<br /><br />Here is a link to my "Nemesis" ideas; read the very first comment to the main article:<br /><br />http://www.2012hoax.org/nemesis<br /><br />It could be that Daniel P. Whitmire's "Tyche" is the same object I'm proposing that he found by analyzing the orbits of long period comets. However, his thing could also be a random passing star or brown dwarf or subdwarf and his "Tyche" and the "Nemesis" that so many scientists have proposed could both exist. But I think they're probably the same. I guess I need to come up with my own name, to assume responsibility for my ideas, but I'm stumped. :?<br /><br />I think the Nice model is incorrect.<br /><br />Anyway, thanks for taking the time to post, Phil. Have a nice day.<br /><br />-Michael C. Emmert
Suspense! Excitement! Nail biting anticipation! ...Suspense! Excitement! Nail biting anticipation! Will the Solar system Change? Or will WE have to?<br /><br />Good luck on the survey :D but of course I'm biased and think no real biggies will be found.<br /><br />Y'all spent a lot of time in Chile, I was wondering how you felt about the dramatic mine rescue and if you've ever cruised by Copiapo or know anything about the area. This will probably be a tourist hotspot and that might interfere with operations. I hope not.<br /><br />It was like the Moon landing, only coming up to the planetary surface from below rather than down from above. The capsule even looked like a little spaceship. The social effects were also Apollo-like. The only difference is that the disgruntled would-be heros will not be able to complain about the cost of the rescue, a mere $30,000,000. So -<br /><br />"If we can rescue men from 2000 feet below the ground, why can't we teach a gorilla to talk?", or, "If we can get the Chileans and the Peruvians together, why can't we get the Israelis and Palestinians to stop stealing each other's water?" (Answer: "Because we can").<br /><br />Mining old data sounds like a very sensible way to do a survey. Watch out for cave-ins, though :D<br /><br />-Michael C. Emmert
Meanwhile astronomers Alex Parker and K Kavelaars ...Meanwhile astronomers Alex Parker and K Kavelaars stipulate that the planet Neptune wasn't guilty of shaping the Kuiper Belt... The Nice model of Hal Levison and Alex Morbidelli might need some more squeaking!<br />http://www.astronomynow.com/news/n1010/11Neptune/<br /><br />Philip
@BrianW: I tend to write most software in IDL, whi...@BrianW: I tend to write most software in IDL, which, 10 years ago, made me one of the cool young hipsters. Now the youth of astronomy mostly uses Python and I just feel like a has-been.....
We truly live in the future when we can sleep whil...We truly live in the future when we can sleep while computers crunch our data.
Good luck! Maybe you can find that next TNO withou...Good luck! Maybe you can find that next TNO without even having to miss a junior soccer game.<br /><br />What are you using for your software? A commercial package like IDL or Matlab, or something homegrown?