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  1. #1 directional flaw 
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    Jul 2007
    Often i give thought to the issues of the day, today my thoughts center on the Directional flaw inherent to our observation of our universe.

    It seem's to me to be two distinct ways to veiw or universe, one being through what i call topographical directions, which is the standard North, South, East, West veiw. this directions are navigational and solely for the use of the point A to Point B dictates here on planet Earth.

    The second veiw could be called stellar directions, which is the planets N,S,E,W these directions are oreintated to the planets place as it sits in the universe, thus north being the top of earth continues straight upwards and south at the bottom of earth continues straight down.

    Our observation telescopes here on the planet are thus inherently flawed because our position of them are dialed to a navitgational N,S,E,W,. when you take into account the circular sphere of our planet along with its turning on its axis our telescoopes captures only limited veiws of our solar system as a whole, and mostly these veiws are to the immediate sides of our planets position, E and W.

    Hubble could indeed be pointed at observable objects of intrest in our universe, but i dont think it ever oreintated itself to stellar directions where stellar north is directly above navitgational north and stellar south directly below navitgational south.

    With stellar directions we could have a more complete picture of our universe, then the navitgational directions can ever produce, and the quagmire of the line of sight variable would become moot.

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    May 2008
    Astronomical observations are based on the fact that at our present time, the star Polaris is in such a position that it does not move in the sky while as the Earth rotates west to east, all other stars appear to move around it. That is our north pole, the north star. An imaginary horizon is produced so we have our "equator" which enables us to give very accurate positions for everything in the sky in degrees, minutes and seconds of arc.

    The present system works well, and allows exposures of whole days at a time on the faintest objects.

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