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Nothing is perfect.
And yet there are a number of disadvantages with this site:
No location other than one inside the Antarctic (or Arctic) circle can match the number of dark days.
And a strange advantage considering the number of months when the sun doesn't set:
Nothing is perfect. Yet they were able to obtain very good observations.
And some problems directly linked to site inaccessibility and seeing conditions:
No. You are assuming such conditions occurred on only one day. They selected a 24 hour period which had very good conditions to create their master reference.
And a statement showing that the best visibility was limited to one day:
Not quite "all". But did you miss the fact that it shows that anything visible from Dome A would be visible from anywhere in the southern hemisphere? But, of course, ASAS is not capable of performing the continuous observations which can be done at Dome A. Indeed, in glancing at the ASAS catalog it can be seen that there are a lot of sources near the celestial south pole which have only a single observation.
And then of course the fact that what they did had all been done before with equally tiny telescopes from someplace else without the climate and inaccessibilty disadvantages:
The Sun is 0.5º across. That makes the difference in the chords of the Venus transit about 0.05º. Yes, I admit I rounded the figures I gave to the nearest degree.
Originally posted by Phage
I'm sorry but my frustration level has reached its limit. Rather than trying to look at the project(s) on the whole you hunt for little "gotchas" to support your idea that PLATO was placed where it is for a single secretive purpose. Combining your confirmation bias (which comes from your conviction that there is something "out there" which is being hidden) with your lack of understanding of astronomy results in a pointless discussion. I'm tired of restating the same thing every time you misinterpret, misunderstand, or take a quote out of context.
Originally posted by ColAngus
Just seems like the Nibiru Truthers are working backwards.
Start with an endgame ("Nibiru exists and is possibly hearding towards us")
and then mold any and all evidence or data you can scrounge together to make it match up.
It's the classic "square peg into a round hole" idea. Truthers are gonna bash that peg with a mallet until it fits through the hole.
SAY WHAT??: The 7 telescopes are 14.5 centimeters in diameter (4 of them) and 1/2 meter (3 of them.) Plans for a 4-5 meter telescope and a 10 meter telescope are being tossed around. A 2.5 meter is supposed to be ready by 2012. Puny?? Tests using an infrared photometer showed that for infrared and millimeter wavelengths a S. Pole location is better than any other on earth. Previous tests at the S. Pole had indicated that seeing at the S. Pole Station is nearly twice as bad as at mid-latitude telescope locations. Now, however, it is supposedly 2-3 times clearer than mid-latitudes. What happened to cause this 180 degree turn around? Climate change or...? Looking for planets occulting stars or brightening them as they pass. Needle in a haystack business unless you know where to look. Looking at a 20 degree portion of sky to the south toward the pole. This seems to be it!! It's about as southern as you can get from earth!! Is this an oops moment or??!!...you tell me
Originally posted by luxordelphi
reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
This isn't a class where things are 'explained.' This is a social networking site that engages in dialogue on various topics. The 'SAY WHAT??' points that I threw out were the items relating to the stated purpose of this extreme Antarctic Plateau observatory that I, personally and immediately, found illogical.
If you have an opinion, I'll be happy to receive it whether I agree with it or not. If I don't agree with it I will give reasons sometimes from documents located in virtual space as I have done. If there is a point that I have made that you want to contend...I'm ready.
1) There may be an object, but it is not on an approach to Earth, but rather is a "rogue";
Writing in the latest issue of Nature, a team of astronomers is reporting the discovery of 10 objects roughly the size of Jupiter that seem to be on the loose, roaming the galaxy untethered to any star. And while 10 seems to be an insignificant number in a galaxy packed with 200 billion or more stars, the search was an extremely limited one. Unless the observers happened to be absurdly lucky, there could actually be a lot more of these rogue Jupiters — perhaps twice as many as there are stars in the Milky Way.
The quest for Planet X always starts out with celestial objects behaving badly. Astronomers notice that a known planet, or a bunch of comets, begin moving in ways Newton's laws of motion can't explain. They propose that it's caused by the gravity of something massive and still undiscovered lurking out in the Solar System, and they head to their telescopes to search for it.
2) The telescopes in Antarctica are so insufficient (size wise) their particular placement must be for a single, specialized purpose...that purpose to identify Tyche, Nemesis, Planet X; which, can only be observed from the specific spot where the telescopes are placed, according to what it is concealed information.
Well, I have one question: What is it about this "planet," in the video that prohibits it from behaving like any other planet in the Solar System? In other words, all the other planets orbiting within our system are visible from every location on Earth. Thank you.
But due to the orbital dynamics of Earth and Jupiter, this particular disrobing was far more abrupt. Jupiter has been hanging out on the other side of the sun since late 2009, obscured from our view for the last few months. The belt disappeared while Jupiter was hiding, making for quite a drastic change in appearance when it recently re-emerged.
Trojans sharing an orbit with Earth have been predicted but never found until now. Astronomers analyzing data from the asteroid-hunting WISE telescope – which ceased operations in February 2011 – found the asteroid, named 2010 TK7, and follow up observations with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii confirmed the discovery and the object’s stealthy orbit.
Researchers led by Brett Gladman of the University of British Columbia first spotted the maverick object in May. Observations suggest it is about 50 kilometres across and travels on a path that takes it from the distance of Uranus to more than twice that of Neptune (or between 20 and 70 astronomical units from the Sun, with 1 AU being the Earth-Sun distance).
Many small irregular jovian satellites have been discovered recently. Many new moons of Saturn and Uranus are also showing up.
I never said anything was in the solar system. But speaking of the solar system, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are in the solar system and can't be seen with the naked eye. Mercury is in the solar system and yet is only intermittantly viewable because of the glare of the sun. All the planets in the solar system travel behind the sun at some point and are not viewable.