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Change in sunspot numbers[edit]

There is a discussion that has been started at Talk:Solar cycle 2, and your input is requested. It involves a change made to the sunspot numbers. Primefac (talk) 14:01, 10 November 2017 (UTC)

JPL Horizons an unreliable source[edit]

There is a discussion going on at Talk:ʻOumuamua#Is the Inbound Velocity table original research? to prevent the use of JPL Horizons to compute anything on Wikipedia. This action could do serious harm to the computation of the orbital period of Oort Cloud comets. For Oort cloud comets the orbit *MUST* be computed at epochs when the comet is outside the planetary region (say epoch 1950 and epoch 2050). A generic link to the JPL Small-Body Database or the Minor Planet Center will be unreliable as it will be defined while inside the planetary system, near perihelion, as a generic one-size-fits-all solution. Perhaps most the important section is the Threaded discussion were it looks like someone is trying to create a Wiki-wide policy. -- Kheider (talk) 18:30, 30 November 2017 (UTC)

Uranus jokes[edit]

We have nothing about jokes about Uranus anywhere on Wikipedia, except for the Uranus in fiction entry about the planet being renamed “Urectum” and a role in the Captain Underpants series. Per “anus”, this would clearly be toilet humor. This issue has also been raised at WikiProject Comedy. (talk) 17:26, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

Uranus#In culture mentions this cliché. More detail could go into an article about astronomical tropes. Jim.henderson (talk) 22:49, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
OK, I added the info to Toilet humour. (talk) 02:51, 15 December 2017 (UTC)

Please come and help...[edit]

Greetings! I have recently relisted a requested move discussion at Talk:Ceres (dwarf planet) in fiction#Requested move 29 December 2017, regarding a page relating to this WikiProject. Your opinion and rationale are needed so a decision can be made. Thank you and Happy New Year to All!  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  06:54, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Change of source for number of comets & minor planets/asteroids for Solar System[edit]

A proposal to change the source for number of comets & minor planets/asteroids for the article Solar System is placed at Talk:Solar_System#Change_of_source_for_number_of_comets_&_minor_planets/asteroids. Request comments on the topic please. AshLin (talk) 20:48, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject collaboration notice from the Portals WikiProject[edit]

The reason I am contacting you is because there are one or more portals that fall under this subject, and the Portals WikiProject is currently undertaking a major drive to automate portals that may affect them.

Portals are being redesigned.

The new design features are being applied to existing portals.

At present, we are gearing up for a maintenance pass of portals in which the introduction section will be upgraded to no longer need a subpage. In place of static copied and pasted excerpts will be self-updating excerpts displayed through selective transclusion, using the template {{Transclude lead excerpt}}.

The discussion about this can be found here.

Maintainers of specific portals are encouraged to sign up as project members here, noting the portals they maintain, so that those portals are skipped by the maintenance pass. Currently, we are interested in upgrading neglected and abandoned portals. There will be opportunity for maintained portals to opt-in later, or the portal maintainers can handle upgrading (the portals they maintain) personally at any time.


On April 8th, 2018, an RfC ("Request for comment") proposal was made to eliminate all portals and the portal namespace. On April 17th, the Portals WikiProject was rebooted to handle the revitalization of the portal system. On May 12th, the RfC was closed with the result to keep portals, by a margin of about 2 to 1 in favor of keeping portals.

There's an article in the current edition of the Signpost interviewing project members about the RfC and the Portals WikiProject.

Since the reboot, the Portals WikiProject has been busy building tools and components to upgrade portals.

So far, 84 editors have joined.

If you would like to keep abreast of what is happening with portals, see the newsletter archive.

If you have any questions about what is happening with portals or the Portals WikiProject, please post them on the WikiProject's talk page.

Thank you.    — The Transhumanist   07:56, 30 May 2018 (UTC)