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Kodak moments at Pluto: Help requested
illexsquid
post May 29 2008, 10:58 PM
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I hope I'm not to late to be useful, but I noticed that following Nix backward in time from the date of the encounter, it drew closer and closer to Hydra. Following that all the way back to June 18, 2015 led to a close encounter, and at about 13:40 we get an interesting syzygy of all four bodies:

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Not overly spectacular, but it does have the advantage of being nearly a month before the encounter and so hopefully during a, er, less busy time. smile.gif

Actually, I really just wanted the opportunity to use the word syzygy.
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post May 29 2008, 11:22 PM
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Excellent first post. Welcome aboard.
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post May 30 2008, 12:08 AM
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QUOTE (helvick @ May 29 2008, 04:22 PM) *
Excellent first post. Welcome aboard.

Long time, first time.
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post May 30 2008, 01:17 AM
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looks kewl, and thanks for turning me on to the word "syzygy" biggrin.gif


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post May 30 2008, 01:24 AM
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QUOTE (lyford @ May 29 2008, 08:17 PM) *
"syzygy"


Which is perhaps one of the best words ever for six-letter-dups-allowed jotto.
(The taste of defeat still rings metallic in my mouth.)


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post May 31 2008, 12:31 AM
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QUOTE (illexsquid @ May 29 2008, 11:58 PM) *
... and at about 13:40 we get an interesting syzygy of all four bodies:


Cool! We might give that one a shot.

Thanks,
John.

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post May 31 2008, 01:35 PM
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QUOTE (john_s @ May 30 2008, 07:31 PM) *
Cool! We might give that one a shot.

:^) For outreach purposes just being able to have "Syzygy" as the headline word may be enough to pick up a little extra distribution. It really is a cool word!
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post May 31 2008, 02:58 PM
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Gotta be careful, though. Last time I said the word "syzygy" to someone, the response I got was "gesundheit".... rolleyes.gif


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post Jun 3 2008, 03:18 PM
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John, has the team made any Kodak shot selections yet? (I'm rooting for the syzygy!) smile.gif


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post Jun 4 2008, 12:47 AM
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Nothing definite yet. We are having a "feasibility review" next week where we see whether we can meet all our prime science goals given available resources, so we have a draft timeline which does not yet include specifically "Kodak" images (though of course every image we take will be awesomely beautiful :-) ). We'll add the "Kodak" images, or tweak existing images to meet "Kodak" goals, once we see what resources are left. Observations a long time from closest approach, like the syzygy one, are of course easier to add, so that one has a relatively good chance for reasons in addition to its cool name.
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Sorry for the resurrection here, but this very thread was mentioned prominently in an excellent NH article by Alan in the June 2010 issue of Sky & Telescope. Dr. Stern also referred to some of our members as "advanced amateur planetary scientists"-- high praise indeed! smile.gif


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post May 30 2010, 08:08 PM
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When I read that article on the bus I so wanted to turn to the strangers next me and brag, "I posted to that thread!!!!" But I'm sure I was a lot more excited than they would be. blink.gif
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post Feb 7 2014, 07:35 PM
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As well sorry for resurrection of this thread but as I cannot found here or in New Horizons main thread results of the selection process of kodak moments for Pluto/Charon system,
I found one which is probably selected as observation "P_MVIC_LORRI_CA".
It's this one.
Evidently Charon will no be entire in MVIC frame but I think that it will be fantastic image.
Drawback is that MVIC will be working only in panchromatic mode (according to this article) so image will be only BW.


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post Feb 8 2014, 12:23 AM
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\o/. wink.gif


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post Feb 10 2014, 07:13 PM
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Bear in mind that these big scans take time to execute, and Pluto and Charon are moving relative to each other during the scan. Depending on exactly where Pluto is during the sequence (its position is somewhat uncertain, and the scan design takes that into account), Charon is quite likely to be hidden behind Pluto during the observation. So I think it's most likely (but not certain) that we'll miss that cool view of Charon peeking out from behind Pluto. That's a shame, but we're collecting our prime science data at this time, and can't afford to compromise the designs for scenic purposes.

Regarding the rest of the "Kodak" observations that were requested, we've accommodated as many as possible, though the bulls-eye geometry of the system on approach and departure, and the intensity of activities near closest approach, mean that we don't have the same opportunities to observe transits and conjunctions as we did at Jupiter. Still, I don't think anyone will be disappointed by the views we'll get!

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