Wow.... I had to click on the links on the bottom coz I was kinda thinking this was made up. O.o Cool!! I did not know that! So Tolkien has influenced others! :) Nice essay, though it probably would have been less nerveracking if I'd taken astronomy.... I'm taking it next year so- :P
Oh yes and I'm not dead! Sorry I haven't replied back to ur email... and Fei's. My inbox has went up to 5000 (this is why you always check your email. Always) so hopefully I'll find it soon! *raises fist*
See ya! *hugs
Author's Response: *hugs* Very, very glad you're not dead! You're not out of school yet are you? I've been free for a week.. naturally the first fanficy thing I write has citations. Sigh... You're taking astronomy next year? Neat!! Can I do your homework? :P Tolkien is all over astronomy. It's whacky; in astronomy I believe there's more Tolkien references than even Star Trek. ( couldn't find a Spock asteroid, except one that was named for some dude's cat, Mr. Spock. How he's fallen...:( Good luck with sorting the emails! Wish I could help; 5000 sounds a bit daunting for one girl alone. :D Take care!!
Hello again. I am sure you know that being an astronomy student does not make your claims any more precise, I myself could use the authority argument as I am no longer a student, but that would not make me right, either. I will give you two points from your story that you may wish to look at. To detect a mag 12 star, you don't need an 8 inch telescope, you'd be fine with something much smaller, around 4.5 to 5 . Re asteroids, or minor planets, not all asteroids orbit the Sun. Please take my comments positively, as that was the purpose of them.
Author's Response: I based mag limits on my own experiences; with an 8-inch I don't have much luck with mags above 13. Iapetus has been the highlight of my scope's career. :P (Granted my skies are not Arizona pristine!) But thank you - it is fixed now! I did not include asteroids that orbit planets in my definition for simplicity's sake and because they do not make up the bulk of the minor planet population. But you are right, it is unfair to them! I will ammend that too. Thank you for the comments! It caused me to take a critical reread! :D If I sounded short it was because I hoped for clarifications. Thank you for taking the time to provide them! :)
I am not sure how this fits in with lotr fanfiction, but some of your claims are imprecise from an astronomical point of view.
Author's Response: Hmm. How imprecise? What claims? From what astronomical point of view? I am an astronomy student; if I'm way off somewhere I wish to know! As for fanfiction: My purpose it to show astronomy and Middle-earth collide in the real world - with examples from LotR and Silm for the fanfic author who may want to splash astronomy into her writings as Tolkien so liberally did. Thanks for the critique!