Is approaching 1 per minute and accelerating.
You’ve downloaded yer new and improved APT20 (Astronomers Proposal Tool); installed the updated Java; bookmarked the subtly changed Proposal Guidelines, and even written some Science Justification – now it is the deathmarch to the deadline o’doom – can you write your Descriptions of the Observations or Analysis and Management section before dinner (tea on the west coast)?!
Will you get your lucky 4 digit submission number at 7:59:53?
Or are you one of these very organized people who resubmitted last years 2nd quartile ranked proposal and are resting with a two digit sub no?
213 thursday night, eh;
400 at 9:22 this morning;
432 at 10:08 am;
522 at 12:54 pm…
the rate is over one every two minutes, and headed for 1 per minute this afternoon;
I think we’ll be comfortably over 1,000 by 8 pm (EST) tonight, but not by much;
the instruments are mature, the field is saturating.
May be a bit on the high side, due to desperation…
Strangely, although the rate is clearly accelerating, one can’t help but think that the Hubble Constant is going to be decreasing.
Who will the lucky duckies be this year?
We can only hope the odds are as good as one in ten…
PS: everyone knows about the RA exclusion zone around the multi-cycle extragalactic treasury proposals, right?
No point looking anywhere near them – it is clearly the year for looking at K stars at moderate galactic latitude, in the outer bulge, or something…
Well, got one in, one out of my hands to the joy of the co-Is, and one, very cute, itsy bitsy Theory Proposal to finish…
…unless someone needs a last minute “pet theorist” of course – still hours to whip something together!
Back to work, slackers!
PS: Updated timeline from fb:
0017 01:49 pm Feb 12 (say what?)
0058 05:24 pm Feb 21
0094 11:28 am Feb 22
0213 03:45 pm Feb 23
0229 05:31 pm Feb 23
0277 09:22 pm Feb 23
0297 11:05 pm Feb 23
0328 02:50 am Feb 24
0367 06:55 am Feb 24
0400 09:22 am Feb 24
0432 10:08 am Feb 24
0522 12:54 pm Feb 24
0575 01:59 pm Feb 24
0702 04:02 pm Feb 24
0898 06:17 pm Feb 24
ok, that is 196 in 135 minutes, definitely over the 1 per minute now,
we have “gone parabolic” as innumerates in finance like to say…
and I am out of here, hope my co-Is submit the last proposal I am on,
then it is the west coast’s turn…
someone call in the 07:59 numbers