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An independent discovery of Neptune ?

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An independent discovery of Neptune ?

It looks like the MASTER team made an independent discovery of Neptune last night ;-)

Posted today on the Transient Name Server

https://wis-tns.weizmann.ac.il/object/2019vvf

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Planetary photobombing

Ha, similar to the Mars episode. I see you have appended a comment.

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Well done them. You'd have

Well done them. You'd have thought that one of that almost infinitely long list of authors might have checked...

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Good catch

Nice one Robin - Regards Andrew

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Christmas joke

A transient loss of common sense?

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Seriously, if an amateur did

Seriously, if an amateur did this they would be crucified although at least we are trusted to post discoveries on TNS. We are not allowed to post to The Astronomer's Telegram since we can't be trusted to get things right on our own. I'd be interested to know what checking the MASTER team do before posting their discoveries. Checking for moving objects like asteroids and planets is pretty basic stuff. It would be nice to see a comment on TNS from one of the authors explaining what went wrong but so far nothing.

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Checking for objects

You probably know this but I've just put the coordinates and time into MPChecker and it doesn't output Neptune. I guess it is in the name.

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As you say, that's minor

As you say, that's minor planets. Perhaps we should send them a link to Dominic's site: https://in-the-sky.org/data/planets.php

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Professionals are not alone

Some years ago a BAA section director rediscovered Mars after claiming he had found a naked eye nova, and it wasn't me.

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At least when Peter Dunsby

At least when Peter Dunsby discovered Mars (AT 11448 here) he was presented with a nice certificate.

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A confirmation spectrum ?

I am tempted to upload a classification spectrum  (A G2v star with superimposed methane absorption bands)

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Spectro

You could simply describe the spectrum and make attributions to chemical composition. Rather than go the whole hog to object ID. And post your comment under the pseudonym Urbain Le Verrier.

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Re: A confirmation spectrum ?

Go for it.  On Twitter too.