Posts by William Rothamel

1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1880360)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Yes, NASA has been Obama-ized where bureaucrats want to collect their salary without much effort. Trump needs to get it back on track. Our probes to Mars and the planets seem to be repeating the same somewhat tired and largely ineffective science. I am referring to the Mars Rovers which still don't tell us if life ever started there and the Jupiter probes which can't tell us if there is a solid core. The latter may not have been NASA but I am suggesting international efforts led by NASA. As for a Moon and Mars effort I think that we are no further away than we were when Kennedy announced the effort to get to the Moon and back.
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1880267)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
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I think that a brainstorming group of engineers and idea men (personettes ?) should be assembled at once. It would be my dream to be part of this thrust even though I know nothing about how things are done now in boosting to orbit. In my day I was a pretty good systems engineer and Operations Research guy ( wife says not so).
I suggest Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Filippenko, Steve Wozniak a few top engineers from Boeing, Hughes Aircraft and supporting staffs for latter stages of design.

This could be Trump's JFK moment all over again.
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1880252)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
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And a proper space station would need to spin to produce artificial gravity, something that has never been done before.


I think that we could start on it in the near future. We would need a new lifting body and we would have to make it big enough so that vertigo problems are minimized.

I have posted this before but since we are talking about what we should do :

4) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1880052)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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I believe the Allen Array was partially built and then operated for a period of time which ended due to funding problems.
This was from the SETI institute also at CAL Berkley run by Seth Shostak. I don't know if it ever started up again. Maybe others have more current information ?

Who is then getting the 100 million?

It looks like there will be a proliferation of SETI endeavors emerging and/or expanding over the next few years. I think it would be better to concentrate these all into one effort as far as personnel, equipment and funding is concerned. The emphasis should be on space-based or moon based telescopes at optical, microwave and visual frequencies.

It might be conceivable to send a probe/explorer to the Alpha Centauri region if a significant advance in propulsion can be made. All we need is a sustained 1g push on a perhaps a mass of 1000 kilograms.

To reiterate my past rants. I think that we as a civilization need to concentrate on a proper space station, Moon base and then a manned trip to Mars (with return) I don't know if the cosmic ray problem can be solved for manned space travel.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Solar eclipse Aug 21, 2017 (Message 1879692)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Yes Gordon, I remember that event here in Nashville. It was around noon here as well and. I had a pinhole in a piece of cardboard projecting onto a sheet of white paper. I think that it got up to a 3/4 eclipse. Yes the light was quite different then. The total eclipse will be even more strange and exciting.
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Solar eclipse Aug 21, 2017 (Message 1879648)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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The sun is fixed. The Earth is rotating at 1000 miles per hour linear speed at the equator. At my latitude its about 600 miles per hour. If I could find a tall building here in Nashville, I might be able to see the darkness rolling in. I figure that the shadow is about 120 miles wide.
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Solar eclipse Aug 21, 2017 (Message 1879283)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Only for those who don't understand what's really going on.


Even so: to see the Penumbra racing along at very high speed will be an emotional realization for me I am sure.

I am still amazed that Columbus knew when an eclipse was about to take place.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Solar eclipse Aug 21, 2017 (Message 1879213)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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I think that we may get 3 minutes of total darkness here in Middle Tennessee. It is said to be frightening to watch and experience.
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1878811)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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I guess that they need to prove that it was not an anomaly before further analysis ?
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is our sun headed for a grand minimum temp? (Message 1878789)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Did you believe in the Y2K impending disaster?
Did you believe in Paul Erlich's prognostications in "The Population Bomb"
Did you believe the CIA document of 40 years ago that said we would be out of oil by now
Do you believe in a Supreme Being and life ever after ?

All of these folklore style myths are designed to attract money from the unsophisticated who are worried that the sky is falling.
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is our sun headed for a grand minimum temp? (Message 1878717)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Very interesting; but, this goes against the determination by NOAA that the sun's output has been increasing. I too feel that the sun now is more intense than it was 50 years ago --but; I don't have any measurements to back this up.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is our sun headed for a grand minimum temp? (Message 1878716)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Carbon dioxide, especially anthropogenic CO-2, is an insignificant cause of any effect on climate.
13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Green Bank field trip? (Message 1878715)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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It's 529 miles for me from Nashville. Too far for a day trip and return.
14) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1878714)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Since this signal is interesting it has already been detected ( or lifted up) above the background noise. If there is no modulation or on/off pulses then it should be discarded as having an indication of alien intelligence. It would be worthy of further study for the purpose of determining if it is a persistent phenomenon caused by cosmic events.

I believe that the way we are going about SETI here is "wasting " a massive amount of computing power. The researcher in this case did not use Seti@home to determine that this was a loud "signal".

How did the Allen array do it's computing.
15) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1878640)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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I cannot for the life of me understand why they don't look to see if there is a message in the so-called signal. If so, then it would warrant further investigation. If the investigation is just to figure out what is causing the "signal", then that is far different than reporting it on SETI boards and implying some form of alien life.

It seems to me that this is going about SETI backwards from the proper protocols. Maybe nobody claimed that this was a SETI-related object of interest.
16) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1878259)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Did he record and try to decode the signal. If so what did he find. If not, why not ?
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : How far do Earth radio/TV transmissions reach? (Message 1877982)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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At 1000 feet (335 meters) across it is hardly small. There is at least one other that is larger.
18) Message boards : SETI@home Science : How far do Earth radio/TV transmissions reach? (Message 1877953)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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The "They"' , if they exist, don't know about "Us" since they are not in our close neighborhood; and we are not sending any type of repeating beacon to promising directions in the sky.
19) Message boards : SETI@home Science : How far do Earth radio/TV transmissions reach? (Message 1877906)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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If true about arecibo then what are we doing here at SETI trying to eavesdrop.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photobucket (Message 1877284)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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What is the consensus of where we should go now after Photobucket ??

Probably best to download all of your albums now so you won't lose them.

I don't understand why the SETI boards couldn't just accept a JPEG directly just as FaceBook does.


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