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Thread: Citizen Science and the Kuiper Belt

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    Citizen Science and the Kuiper Belt

    It is appealing to think of attempting (very modest) citizen science regarding things in the Kuiper Belt...

    ... but what?

    I offer this thread as a springboard for ideas. Posting papers having to do with the Kuiper Belt might be good, with discussion.

    Things that could be discussed here:

    Mining and other uses for KBOs
    Planet 9 or 10 or X or whatever
    Past history of the KB
    Geology and cryovolcanism
    Dwarf planets in the KB
    Nomenclature: KBOs, QB1s, fwotinos, plutinos, etc.
    Resonances among KBOs
    Strange KBOs
    Neptune as it relates to KBOs
    Wandering planets coming through the KB
    Spacecraft missions to the KB (New Horizons, etc.)
    Pluto and satellites
    Scattered Disk
    Oort Cloud
    Interstellar travel and the KB/Oort Cloud
    Cometary bombardments and mass extinctions from the KB

    Unless we get the chance to scan photos taken by New Horizons, probably the most science we could do is mathematics, figuring out things perhaps no one has yet paid attention to. YMMV
    Last edited by Roger E. Moore; 2017-Feb-07 at 02:55 AM.
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