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Nov
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comment Can I see comet ISON from Saudi Arabia?
@AstroFloyd: Please put that up on Github! I would love to see that, no matter what language it is written in.
Nov
21
awarded  Teacher
Nov
21
comment Can I see comet ISON from Saudi Arabia?
I also highly recommend Stellarium.
Nov
21
comment Can I see comet ISON from Saudi Arabia?
By 'most visible' I infer the greatest visual magnitude difference between light originating from the comet components (nucleus, coma, tail) to between sunlight reflected from out atmosphere or direct from the Sun.
Nov
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answered Can I see comet ISON from Saudi Arabia?
Nov
21
answered How can only 1 magnetic pole of the Sun change at a time?
Nov
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answered Doesn't gravity attract objects in space until they collide?
Nov
21
comment How would I measure that I'm at a pole?
Thank you! I have read how Amundsen measured the Sun's altitude while searching for the South Pole, so obviously there exists a daytime method as well. However, I believe that he know which day of the year he was in, so he would know the expected changes in altitude due to the Earth's orbit around the sun.
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asked How would I measure that I'm at a pole?
Nov
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comment Might Oort cloud comets be exchanged between solar systems?
@Rory: Congrats on the 1000!
Nov
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accepted Might Oort cloud comets be exchanged between solar systems?
Nov
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comment Might Oort cloud comets be exchanged between solar systems?
The Oort cloud is about 1 LY from the sun, or 1/4 the distance to the current nearest star. That means that the gravitational pull of the current nearest star is 1/16 that of the sun: hardly insignificant. I don't believe that planets could have a stable orbit with that type of perturbation.
Nov
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comment Might Oort cloud comets be exchanged between solar systems?
My line of thinking is that as stars pass one another on their way around the galaxy, they could 'brush' Oort clouds and thus exchange comets. The same mechanism may also perturb the comets to rain down on their own suns/stars.
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asked Might Oort cloud comets be exchanged between solar systems?
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awarded  Scholar
Oct
31
accepted How much did we know about asteroids at the beginning of the 20th century?
Oct
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comment How much did we know about asteroids at the beginning of the 20th century?
Thank you. No matter which object Twain was referring to, he certainly knew enough to state that the asteroid is a huge object (compared to a hen's egg).
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awarded  Student