Monthly Archives: October 2007

Book Signing in November

There will be a book signing for the Springer publication “Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images” by Greg Parker in Waterstones bookshop on the University of Southampton campus [Highfield Road] in November 2007.  Keep watching this page for the time and date … Continue reading

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Do we live in a Matrix Universe?

The film “The Matrix” strikes a deep resonance with many people, so deep in fact that even respected scientists’ have asked the question, “Do we live in a Matrix Universe?”  For those of you that haven’t seen the film, the … Continue reading

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A Surprise Package

The time is 1.00 p.m. on Monday 15th October.  A small package arrives, too small to be the huge coffee-table book (Cosmos by Giles Sparrow) I am expecting.  What can it be?  Opening up the cardboard sleeve out slides a small … Continue reading

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EPOD: Reflection Nebulosity within the Emission Nebula in Cygnus

We didn’t even know about this!  Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) have chosen our image of the reflection nebulosity within the emission nebula in Cygnus.  Here is what EPOD have to say: The constellation of Cygnus the Swan, … Continue reading

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What exactly is a Light Year?

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 … Continue reading

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Practical Astronomer Magazine (October 2007 Issue)

It arrived this morning!! Practical Astronomer have published our latest image of Orion’s Belt on both the cover and centre page spread of this months magazine [October 2007]. Below are the words on the page just before the centre page … Continue reading

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The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies: A Chronicle and Observer’s Guide (Jeff Kanipe and Dennis Webb)

I can state without reservation that this is the most beautiful and informative astronomy book I currently own, and I own quite a few! But, what are the Arps?  In 1966 Halton Arp published an atlas of 338 “Peculiar Galaxies”, … Continue reading

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IOM October 2007: NGC7000 and IC5070 in Cygnus

The imaging object of the month for October is the mass of emission nebulosity near Deneb in the constellation Cygnus: NGC7000 the North America nebula, and IC5070 the accompanying Pelican nebula, are both very large and very bright Hydrogen alpha … Continue reading

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