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At the recent Starscape Exhibitions a common question was “how far away are these deep-sky objects?”.  I gave a rough answer in terms of Light Years, and the questioner would walk away satisfied, but it was clear that they really didn’t have a clue about the immensity of distance implied by the term Light Year – so here’s a very short piece just to try and put things into context.

Before going into the numbers, I would like to remind you of Arthur C Clarke’s “First Law” as I will be touching on this in what follows. Clarke says,

“When a distinguished but elderly scientist says that something is possible, (s)he is almost certainly right.  When (s)he says it is impossible, (s)he is very probably wrong.”

And with that, onto the explanation…
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Hi Everyone! Lucy Clark interviewed me the other day and a photographer came to the exhibition on Saturday (19th August 2007) for her article titled Stunning shots of the sky at night. 

It is appearing today in the Southern Daily Echo in both online and printed versions.  I’ve scanned the printed article and you can see the pages below (Please Note: the article is copyright Southern Daily Echo)

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Today, I found out that 160 people attended the Friday night opening of the Starscape II Exhibition!  I certainly don’t get a turn out like that for one of my 9.00 a.m. lectures 🙂

A very big thank you goes to Astronomy Now magazine who advertised this event in the August 2007 issue – many people who attended the Friday night opening had their Astronomy Now in hand 🙂

A “virtual” tour of the exhibition is attached to show you what you are missing

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Opening night was very busy with over 120 people attending!  This was quite a lot more than I was expecting, but the hall is good for parties up to 200, so there was some spare standing room. 

Met up with some mates I hadn’t seen in a long time, as well as some of the Trade delegates who have supplied me with superb equipment. 

A Professor of Computing helped me out when the first PowerPoint slide didn’t appear to fire off the soundtrack, and once that was sorted, we were off. 

Drinks, lots of discussion, and plenty of questions, including the inevitable “are the colours real?” 

Don’t forget – the Exhibition runs until Friday 24th August, admission £1 only with children free – 10.30a.m. until 4.30p.m. every day.

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We are pleased to announce that the Starscape II Exhibition will open at 7.00 p.m. on Friday 17th August 2007 at the Brockenhurst Village Hall – which is within short walking distance of Brockenhurst main line station.

The exhibition is in support of the Brockenhurst Village Trust Stage Completion Project and is kindly sponsored by Exxon.

It will be open from the 18th August 2007 until the 24th August 2007 between 10.30am and 4.30pm.  Admission is £1 for adults and children admission is free.

We will be showing our latest images and Greg will be giving a talk about imaging deep-space objects (DSOs) at 7.30pm on the opening evening (definitely something not to be missed).  Opening night charges are £5 with free admission for Trade and Press delegates.

Note: Bar facilities will be available on the opening night only. 

So, please come down and have a look, ask questions and mix with other Astronomy enthusiasts! Download the Starscape Brochure to find out more about what we will be showing – but note – there are 19 new images to see in the Exhibition that you won’t find in the brochure!


Click the download icon to download a PDF version of the brochure.

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