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2022-01-09, 15:05   #78
chalsall
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 Originally Posted by retina Pointing the mirror directly to the Sun would make for a nice temporary light show. A 10B firework. Thanks for the idea. Only you... 2022-01-09, 15:32 #79 Dr Sardonicus Feb 2017 Nowhere 2·52·107 Posts Quote:  Originally Posted by retina Yes, but it is more than that. Test equipment doesn't align or calibrate itself. The root problem was with procedures that were not followed to ensure such a basic error never occurred. I did mention that the report identified how the error happened, and provided a link for anyone interested in the details. Quote:  Originally Posted by retina Pointing the mirror directly to the Sun would make for a nice temporary light show. A10B firework. Thanks for the idea.
Alternatively, it might be possible to reorient the thing so the sun shield "flashes" the Earth. It's fairly reflective, and a lot bigger than the mirror.

2022-01-09, 16:13   #80
Uncwilly
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 Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus Alternatively, it might be possible to reorient the thing so the sun shield "flashes" the Earth. It's fairly reflective, and a lot bigger than the mirror.
It would still be subpixel size for any detector working in the visible and would be too faint for the Mark I eyeball.

2022-01-09, 16:41   #81
Dr Sardonicus

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Originally Posted by Uncwilly
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 Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus Alternatively, it might be possible to reorient the thing so the sun shield "flashes" the Earth. It's fairly reflective, and a lot bigger than the mirror.
It would still be subpixel size for any detector working in the visible and would be too faint for the Mark I eyeball.
Come to think of it, the sun shield will be reflecting sunlight at us, or nearly at us, all the time anyhow.

Oh, no! This means the James Webb Space Telescope will increase Global Warming!

;-)

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2022-01-09, 19:20   #83
xilman
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 Originally Posted by Uncwilly It would still be subpixel size for any detector working in the visible and would be too faint for the Mark I eyeball.
That is an interesting claim. I have no reason to doubt you but I will "trust but verify" regardless.

Given that Gaia, which is much smaller and less reflective than JWST, is visible from L2 with my kit, I look forward to imaging JWST when the observatory is working again. Gaia is ~mag 20-22 which takes 30-180 minutes for a decent SNR; JWST should be 16-18, or 40 times brighter. Ten magnitudes way too faint for naked-eye detection (a factor of 10,000) in general but a specular reflection from the entire sun shield is not "in general".

 2022-01-09, 20:41 #84 firejuggler     "Vincent" Apr 2010 Over the rainbow 13·211 Posts Lego has a JWST st apparently or someone claim.. anyway https://twitter.com/LEGO_JWST/status...87469361479681

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