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Watch the Skies

December 7th, 2006

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Sorry about this long lapse in new posts. The end of the academic quarter has left me awash in deadlines and scrambling to get everything done.

Nevertheless, we’ve been making progress behind the scenes. The new oklo server has been delivered, configured, and slotted into a rackspace in a dedicated server room. To use the vernacular, it’s hecka fast. Over the next several days, we’ll be transferring the site over to the new machine, and then it’ll be bye-bye bluehost.

HD 80606 is looking more interesting all the time. I’m working on a writeup of what we’ve been learning. It really has the potential to give us an unambiguous value for the radiative time constant appropriate to the atmospheres of hot Jupiters. The next ’606 day is December 26th, and I’ll be sending out a circular to the transitsearch.org observers to get a definitive confirmation that it doesn’t transit. Here’s the promotional poster (inspired by the SAO Moonwatch program, while simultaneously attempting to achieve a retro cold-war-flying-saucers feel):

Finally, keep fitting the last batch of Systemic Jr. systems. We need to get a full range of good fits for all of the data sets in order to carry out some very interesting analyses…

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  1. andy
    December 7th, 2006 at 21:14 | #1

    It looks like the discussion forum on the backend isn’t accepting new threads.

    Also, the velocity set for systemicJR_353 has zero error, which doesn’t work with chi squared calculations.

  2. wbianco
    December 8th, 2006 at 03:45 | #2

    Greg,

    Any chance that “Watch the Sky” is available as a real poster? Just the thing for the exoplanet aficionado who has everything…wb

  3. greg
    December 9th, 2006 at 03:28 | #3

    Hi Andy — The issue you describe should be fixed now.

    WB — Sure! I’ll be printing some copies. Send me an e-mail
    with your address. -Greg

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