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Across the Universe: Frequently Asked Questions — 3 Comments

  1. In response to a common question:
    “Has the Vatican Observatory’s telescope in Arizona made any important discoveries?”
    Why not study ‘Oumuamua or its interstellar sister objects
    traveling within the orbit of the Earth several times per year?

    ‘Oumuamua has a rotation period of 8.1 hours,
    similar to Kuiper Belt objects
    implying a common origin
    in the vast depths of interstellar/intergalactic space, but it’s hardly
    implausible that some bodies originating in different places might
    have roughly similar rotation periods.
    Arthur C. Clarke, envisioned a long cylindrical metal
    ‘Hindu Rama’ entering our solar system with a four minute period (much too short).
    Arthur may have liked the analogy to Rama
    in the Hawaiian name ‘Oumuamua
    -“reflecting the way this object
    is like a scout or messenger sent
    from the distant past to reach out to us”
    Apparently several of these interstellar objects
    travel within the orbit of the Earth several times per year,
    thus providing possible opportunities for study.
    In the mean time it interesting to note
    that a similar ~8 hour time period
    has been observed from separate perspectives:
    1. Kuiper Belt object rotations
    2. Asteroid rotations (not as good a correlation due to collisions
    possibly modifying their original 8 hr periods)
    3. Lisa Pathfinder accelerometer oscillations (1/8 hrs)
    (A Machian oscillating universe)
    4. Gravity Probe B anomalous gyro oscillations (1/8 hrs)
    5. Solar oscillations (1/8 hrs)
    6. Distant stellar oscillation observed by the Planck space craft
    7. Several thousand RRC stars with 8 hr oscillation periods
    8. The 8 hr period is dimensionally linked to a trinitarian space time
    at the quantum level.

    This data all point to a possible inherent property
    of interstellar/intergalactic space.

    Such a coherent space property (nu~1/8 hrs)
    would necessarily define an extremely low temperature(T).
    T = h x nu/k ~ 10^-16 K
    This extremely low temperature(T) would provide a ‘dark energy’ milieu in thermal equilibrium with dark matter.

    The Vatican Observatory’s aplanatic Gregorian, f/9 telescope capabilities in Arizona appear to be directly applicable to tracking the multiple interstellar objects(similar to ‘Oumuamua) and their rotations within the orbit of the Earth to test this hypothesis.
    This tedious but disciplined work obtaining 8+ hour light curves compares to watch paint dry, but surely it is extremely important.

  2. Many of those rotation rates for Kuiper Belt Objects that you cite were in fact observed at the VATT. However, our telescope at 1.8 meters aperture is far too small to be able to make useful measurements of ‘Oumuamua… the faintest we can detect is about 22nd magnitude, two magnitudes brighter than this object was… and it’s far fainter now!

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