Talk:Lunar and Planetary Institute
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This page redirected from "NASA Lunar Science Institute" but this is actually incorrect. There is a newly formed organization within NASA with this name and it is separate from LPI with a different mission. More information about the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) can be found here: http://lunarscience.arc.nasa.gov/ I do not want to edit the article because I do not have objectivity, but thought it would be nice to point out this change and information for somebody with objectivity to look at. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:30, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
It would be very useful to have on this page either:
- 1. A table of data for lunar and planetary bodies
- 2. A link (or a better advertised link) to similar elsewhere
What I would like to see is data for:
- main planets
- larger asteroids
- Kuiper belt objects regarded as planets (or 'Dwarf' Planets)
- larger moons
As a general principal of clarity I would not expect lesser bodies to be shown - the data is availiable elsewhere after all.
Information that would be useful would be:
- basic orbital data - eccentricity, distance from the sun's centre, or for moon's from their parent planet's centre (mean, max and min or similar), siderial year or again equivalent for moons
- axial tilt - if known
- orbital inclination - relative to Earth's orbit may be useful for observers, though again planetary emphemerides are avaliable elsewhere.
- brief notes about atmosphere and composition - a few words only
- symbol - if one exists
Units used should be SI or astronomical - not imperial - as an engineer in a previous life I realise both systems have advantages and have no axe to grind, but the majority of the world use metric units.
These are just ideas, I am a trained astronomer and astro-physicist but its not my profession, and I am not even sure if this is the best place in the wikipedia for it - it seems best not to do this myself but to put it out for discussion! What I envisage is information that a scientist, engineer or enthusiast might want for 'back of an envelope' work during coffee break. All of this can be found elsewhere but its not well laid out (or I didn't find the best source on Wikipedia) perhaps a new article called 'planetary and lunar data' with a link here would be best!?--Eek10bears 14:03, 28 August 2006 (UTC)