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Re: IN SYMPATHY to the Hale-Bopp Cooperative

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Subject: Re: IN SYMPATHY to the Hale-Bopp Cooperative
Date: 23 Feb 1997 18:10:49 GMT

In article <5eo9od$> Jim Scotti writes:
>>> A "swamp of unmapped stars"? Where? We've mapped
>>> the whole sky down to around magnitude 20 - almost a
>>> million times fainter than ..
>>> jscotti@LPL.Arizona.EDU (Jim Scotti)
>> How many stars is that? I'm not looking for an exact
>> number (though that would be nice), just a ballpark figure.
>> Just curious. Thanks in advance.
>> eric kline (
> I've never counted them myself - by mapped, I mean
> photographed. The work of making catalogs of them is still
> in the works. It will obviously be a very big database.
> jscotti@LPL.Arizona.EDU (Jim Scotti)

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As we said, Sagittarius is a swamp of unmapped stars. What the layman or non-professional astronomer uses lists only a fraction of the stars, and these the brightest or the most often referenced. Any images published in handbooks to be used by the layman are NOT of a high resolution quality that gives the layman access to what is out there but unknown to him or her. Thus, they could take ANY object along the orbit published for Hale-Bopp to be the comet they are being told by their astronomy authorities exists!

Never mind that it was roaring like a lion in 1995, and is as tiny and quiet as a mouse as it gets close to the Sun, just mind your shepherds like the good little sheep of sci.astro you're expected to be, or anticipate unsolicited e-mail from the angry shepherds who want to control your perceptions and your conclusions!
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