The search for Vulcanoid Asteroids

By Landon Curt Noll


The innermost region of our solar system is known as the Vulcanoid zone, and it has remained largely unexplored. Discovering Vulcanoid asteroids with a mean distance to the Sun less than that of Mercury would greatly add to our understanding of the birth and evolution of our solar system — not to mention those of other Sun-like stars in the Milky Way. We present methods and results of the most recent Vulcanoid search during the March 2006 eclipse and plans for the next search August 2008 eclipse search. Ideas for more advanced Vulcanoid searches will be given.
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Biography of Landon Curt Noll
Landon Curt Noll (www.isthe.com/chongo/bio.html) is a Cryptographer for NeoScale by day and an Astronomer by night. He enjoys giving talks at Fremont Peak Observatory (www.fpoa.net) and adding new observations to his astronomy page (www.isthe.com/astro.html).
Landon Curt Noll is the co-author of the SMail mail transport system and is the ‘N’ in the widely used FNV hash. He is also the founder and judge of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest. He was an active member of working group that developed the initial drafts of the IEEE POSIX P1003.1 and P1003.2 standards. He serves as a Co-operative Computing Award advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and has been a key contributor to Usenet.
Landon has significant experience in Number Theory, Cryptography, and Cryptology including PKI design, secure protocol development, and key management. He is also co-inventor of lavarand : a method of cryptographically strong seeding pseudo-random number generators using chaotic systems. Landon has developed or co-developed several high speed computational methods. In addition to his publications, Landon has held or co-held 8 world records related to the discovery of large prime numbers.
His current area of astronomical research focuses on the Vulcanoid zone deep inside our solar system. Landon uses the time during total solar eclipses to search of Vulcanoid asteroids. In between eclipses he is designing, testing and calibrating equipment for use during the next eclipse.
Landon graduated from Linfield College with a BA in Math/Physics. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and is a certified Linux Engineer (RedHat Certified Engineer - RHCE). Landon is an associate member of the American Astronomical Society.
Landon Curt Noll
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