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Norman Sperling
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Norm Sperling’s Great Science Trek: 2014

San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara
Palm Springs
Death Valley
Tucson
El Paso
Corpus Christi
Baton Rouge
Tampa
Everglades
Key West
Winter Star Party, Scout Key
Miami

MARCH 2014:
up the Eastern seaboard
mid-South

APRIL 2014:
near I-40, I-30, and I-20 westbound

MAY 2014:
near US-101 northbound
May 17-18: Maker Faire, San Mateo
May 23-26: BayCon, Santa Clara

California till midJune

JUNE 2014:
Pacific Northwest

JULY 2014:
Western Canada, eastbound

AUGUST 2014:
near the US/Can border, westbound
August 22-on: UC Berkeley

Speaking engagements welcome!
2014 and 2015 itineraries will probably cross several times.

Venus’s Tail

© Norman Sperling, February 5, 2015

Shortly after inferior conjunction, can Venus’s tail of ionized atmospheric particles be detected by space probes at L1, or orbiting Earth outside the magnetic field? At this distance, it ought to flap around a lot so it might take several days to traverse, and be discontinuous. Several decades of detector records already exist, so this shouldn’t require new observations, just mining old ones.

Mercury might act the same, though negligible atmosphere and greater distance would make it harder to detect and identify.

How about the Moon’s wake, either in sodium ions or in decrease of solar wind, just around New Moon? The sodium atmosphere is mighty thin, but detectors are now mighty sensitive.

Can we learn anything about those atmospheres?
About billows?
About flapping?

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