Sunday, June 15, 2008

RA error acknowledged

Patrick Kelly, editor of the 2008 RASC Observer's Handbook, responded to my Sunday afternoon email regarding the transposition of the Jupiter and Pluto labels in the Right Ascensions chart.

Hi Blake:

I caught that one when I was preparing the chart for this year.  I think that James should already have the correction on the handbook web site, if not it should be there shortly.



Once again, I noticed something... This impresses me. Again, I'm not trying to rub anyone's nose in it, but a couple of things occur to me:
  • The Observer's Handbook is not perfect. I had this notion it was flawless. But there are chinks in the armour. It's damn fine armour! And, well, that's just the way it goes, I guess. A work of this magnitude, with many contributors, with imposing deadlines (I'm sure), mistakes are bound to creep in.
  • Don't trust everything (anything?) you read.
  • I'm not a slouch. I'm finding or noticing errors. And I cross-check things to see if I'm doing something wrong. I forget what that's called, where you don't lose yourself in some text, but that you're thinking about the text as your read it, questioning, evaluating.
Sorry, tooting my own horn a little. Gotta get whatever feathers in my cap that I can! Seriously, though, it shows me that I do know some things about astronomical matters.

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