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Old Jan 18 2008, 03:21 PM   #19
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Default Re: Future Time Measurement

Just to kind of support Jay's argument, right at the beginning of Chapter 2 of DDawn, Kenjo and Sallah are discussing the Red Star, it's history and, oddly, it's future.

Kenjo remarks that:
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"[Xi Chu] Yuen apparently believes that with such an eccentric, almost parabolic orbit, this Pluto body may exit the solar system again or fall into the sun."
Xi Chu Yuen is described as a "staid, pedantic astronomer", so I would imagine that a lot of credence would be given to his report. So it is possible that, at some point, including the "nudges" given to it by the engines, the Red Star could go so close to Rukbat that it gets pulled into it and fried.
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