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Merging WP templatesEdit

Should {{WikiProject Solar System}} be merged into {{WikiProject Astronomy}}? I.e. add a 'solarsystem=' flag to the latter? They are using the same importance and quality ratings, so combining them should make it easier to maintain. As an example, I just changed the WP:ASTRO rating on Talk:617 Patroclus so now they don't match. Praemonitus (talk) 15:41, 24 November 2020 (UTC)[]

I guess if WP:SS were a taskforce of WP:ASTRO, that might work. Praemonitus (talk)
Yeah, they're technically separate projects so it doesn't make much sense to merge them. Primefac (talk) 13:50, 28 November 2020 (UTC)[]
But unlike other parts of the universe, the Solar System is not solely the purview of astronomy and astrology and scif; aerospace and astronautics is also a going concern. Colonization of the various parts of Solar System is not an astronomy topic, but it is a Solar System topic. Asteroid mining is not an astronomy topic, but it is a Solar System topic. To me this doesn't make sense to have WPSOLAR as part of WPASTRONOMY. Rather, a WPEARTH taskforce should be added to WPSOLAR. With the efforts of Bezos and Musk, there should be growth in the non-astronomy content for WPSOLAR that would overlap with WPSPACEFLIGHT, also not an astronomy topic except where it launches astronomical space probes. -- 67.70.26.89 (talk) 10:55, 12 December 2020 (UTC)[]
Well this is more a question of maintenance than of separation of subjects. There's little benefit to maintaining two sets of reviews when one will do. Praemonitus (talk) 15:46, 13 December 2020 (UTC)[]
It is a matter of separation of subjects. Also, it does not help maintenance when the importances are hidden by a low score for astronomy, overshadowing any higher score for SolarSystem. There are vastly different importances with WPSOLAR and WPASTRONOMY when it involves spaceflight, space construction, and space colonization. -- 67.70.26.89 (talk) 04:14, 14 December 2020 (UTC)[]
This is not reflected in the documentation for the importance ratings, since it's the same for both. Ergo, you're just claiming a need based on tribal knowledge. Praemonitus (talk) 02:11, 15 December 2020 (UTC)[]
  • No, because the Solar System is our cosmic backyard that we are actively exploring with spacecraft and rovers. Astronomy is still useful of course in this ongoing effort, but the greater areas beyond our home system is the exclusive domain of the various branches of astronomy, the Voyager spacecraft notwithstanding. Apples and oranges, in my view. Jusdafax (talk) 21:34, 16 February 2021 (UTC)[]
I agree with this argument that they should be kept separately. Merging the two complicates the scope of each project our concerns with these areas of astronomy and how they are explored which seems that it also complicates the maintenance of the two as well.Swsn26 (talk) 02:58, 10 May 2021 (UTC)[]

Once in 800 years: all hands on deckEdit

An exciting opportunity to run an exciting and topical TFA, but all four articles need updating to be considered: see TFA discussion here about this event. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 18:06, 8 December 2020 (UTC)[]

Jupiter Featured article reviewEdit

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Transit of Venus Featured article reviewEdit

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Asteroid impact avoidance in solar systemEdit

The asteroid impact avoidance article currently focuses a lot on avoiding asteroid impact on earth. However, avoiding asteroid impact on other planets in the solar system seems just as important. The idea is that if another planet is hit by a large enough asteroid to pull it out of orbit, those altered pull/repel forces of those planets may also alter the orbit of the earth, as it is kept in balance by their pull/repel forces. Chance of that happening seems way higher then just the chance of the earth itself being hit by a (large) asteroid.

Can the article be altered to mention this ?

Another thing I'm thinking of is that the creation of a lunar base could (in the future) also help in improving the capability of deflecting asteroids which could potentially impact earth or other nearby planets in the solar system, as the launch of missiles or crafts that can alter the asteroid trajectory will be easier (and they may get much more kinetic energy, due to absence air resistance at launch). Can't find any refs, but perhaps someone can look into it. --Genetics4good (talk) 17:02, 4 June 2021 (UTC)[]

No. Almost all asteroids are less than one millionth the mass of Mars. They could seriously damage the surface of Mars or other terrestrial planet, but not alter its orbit by as much as one tenth of a percent. Even the few that are that big are in the Main Belts and in no great danger of straying into a real planet's path. Also, the time is at least a century away when someone will be ready to pay to set up a station anywhere, ready to throw something meaningful at a dangerous asteroid. Jim.henderson (talk) 01:37, 11 July 2021 (UTC)[]

Assessment - Popular pagesEdit

Today, at Assessment I added wikilink for

It is bot updated monthly. JoeNMLC (talk) 14:32, 8 July 2021 (UTC)[]

Thank you! I find that WikiProject popular pages feature to be most helpful. Jusdafax (talk) 10:34, 23 July 2021 (UTC)[]
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