An independent discovery of Neptune ?

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  • #574460
    Robin Leadbeater
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    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

    Robin

    #581659
    David Swan
    Participant

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

    #581660
    Nick James
    Participant

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

    #581661
    Andrew Smith
    Participant

    Nice one Robin – Regards Andrew

    #581662
    David Swan
    Participant

    A transient loss of common sense?

    #581670
    Nick James
    Participant

    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.

    #581671
    David Swan
    Participant

    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.

    #581672
    Ron Arbour
    Participant

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

    Ron

    #581673
    Nick James
    Participant

    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

    #581674
    Nick James
    Participant

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

    #581677
    Robin Leadbeater
    Participant

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

    #581678
    David Swan
    Participant

    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.

    #581690
    Paul Leyland
    Participant

    Go for it.  On Twitter too.

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