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I'm a Computer (Web) Programmer/Analyst based in Anchorage, AK and Minneapolis, MN. I use (among other things) ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server.

I build things. Bicycles, computers, websites, guitars, cars, motorcycles, sound sytems... lots of things.


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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
The sun does count. Many 'planetary alignments' are based on aligning 'in the sky', and being collinear without solar inclusion. Here's an example of such an alignment: modernsurvivalblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/…
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
I want 8 planets, a star, and the Earth's moon to be in alignment. 10 bodies.
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
Thanks for the info, I'll review the details when I get a chance. I'm beginning to realize that what I'm after is something different than the typical definition of planetary alignment, and includes a solar and lunar alignment in the same gravitational direction, in other words Mars through Neptune are across the Sun.
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
@Qmechanic I have read it, and I disagree that it applies to this question. I'd be happy to discuss in chat.
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
I'm only interested in said planetary alignments to demonstrate a maximal upper bound on planetary alignment effects (and likelihood/frequency) to provide a response to these 'zero-g day' posts. I want this to contain a full response for anyone googling 'zero g days' or gravitation effects of planetary alignments, thus the information is important (to me).
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
@DavidZ, I'd prefer not to remove it as the spirit of the initial question was about both magnitude/effects and possibility/timing; I was just pushed into answering the first part myself. They belong together in my opinion, jointly explaining superalignment.
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
No @lionelbrits, it is not a duplicate. That question is asking about simple collinearity of all 8 planets; I'm asking about a specific form of collinearity where the gravitational forces are maximally additive.
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
The calculation component could have been done before, in which case a link would suffice and save a deal of time, and I'm unaware of where I can find 'time to specified alignment'. What stops you from answering it? This is a question AND ANSWER site, after all.
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
I never said it did? I'm looking for an answer to $\frac {F_g - F_{moon} - F_{Venus} - F_{Mercury} - F_{Sun} - F_{Mars} - F_{Jupiter} - F_{Saturn} - F_{Uranus}- F_{Neptune}} {F_g}$ when they are in a particular collinear arrangement such that they are all constructive, and also if this arrangement is possible and if so how often it will happen / how soon until the next one, and I was assuming within a suitable margin of error this would happen at least once before the solar system became unstable.
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comment Could this planetary superalignment happen?
I'm not after minimum distance of each planet summed; I'm looking for maximum cumulative gravitational effects (Jupiter, for example, would be across the Sun). Also, how would it be possible to answer how often (if ever) said alignment with as much error margin is necessary would occur?
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comment Why is it so easy to create audible sound?
Relevant: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/…
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comment Why is it so easy to create audible sound?
@HenkLangeveld This is absolutely a physics question. "Audible" in this context is referring to average human audible limits, upon which a lower bound is ~20 Hz and an upper bound is ~20 kHz depending on age and genetics. Even if the OP wasn't kind enough to provide this explicit frequency range, after which this is clearly a relevant physics question, by what measure do you propose this is not a 'physics question'?
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comment 4- dimensional space geometry, what is the point?
could be living*
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answered What is the correct formula for gravitational time dilation for a satellite in a circular orbit?
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comment 4- dimensional space geometry, what is the point?
I'm not thinking of any in particular, but brane cosmology was what I was alluding to. In short, even if M-Theory turns out to be not the correct model of our universe, we still be living in more than 3+1 dimensions, and it's worthwhile to test whether or not this is the case and the potential implications thereof.
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comment 4- dimensional space geometry, what is the point?
String theory is by no means the exclusive proposer of extra dimensions. Some multiverse theories utilize them as well, but regardless of what theory is actually proposing it, we may be living in more than 3+1 dimensions, and it's important to test whether this is so.