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vivdunstan ([personal profile] vivdunstan) wrote2017-05-13 08:52 am
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Astronomy Picture of the Day from Friday: M13

Just spotted that yesterday's Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA was M13, the great globular cluster in Hercules. We were gawping at this a week or so ago, through our telescope set up on our front drive, in light polluted Dundee. Our view through our 8" SCT telescope with my favourite wide angle eyepiece was remarkably similar in detail to this picture, albeit with less colour. It's definitely an astronomy target we will revisit.

i will probably blog more sometime soon about our telescope and how we are getting on with it. My husband's first degree at St Andrews in the early 1990s was in astronomy, and he now works as a space technology researcher at the University of Dundee, working on projects for the European Space Agency and others. I would have studied astronomy to honours level too, at the same time at St Andrews, but the university had just scrapped the joint honours option for it with Computer Science, though both of us going into second year asked if we could switch to that combination for honours a year later. Answer to both was no. I stuck to CS, my original plan, Martin stuck to astronomy and physics.

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