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    Re: Oblateness calculation given observer's latitude
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2018 Feb 6, 19:28 -0800

    More to say on this tomorrow, I hope, but for now, how's this for some coincidental timing:
    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoca-nss020218.php.

    It's an article on the Moon's "equatorial bulge" also known as its oblateness (which even at its very low level is orders of magnitude too large for its rotation rate). This article was released to the public today, and I saw this notice just a few minutes ago. A friend of mine is working in management of this eurekalert.org website, and tonight she sent me a link to it. I sent her a link to the NavList website and described it briefly. What are the odds that one of today's announcements from there would relate so closely to an obscure topic we've been discussing this week here? I have worked it out in order of magnitude: it's about a zillion-to-one. 

    As for the article, this sort of analysis is more in the category of science fiction than science, but it's good fodder for the water cooler conversations.

    Frank Reed



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