Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Lucky Test

An amateur astronomy and a test of a new camera results in the images making up today's Astronomy Picture of the Day. Victor Buso caught a supernova, apparently in the very early stages of eruption, in NGC 613, in the constellation of Sculptor. Due to the size of the observable universe vs. the availability of "professional" equipment, amateur astronomers (many with equipment that would make professionals of the past weep with envy) are still at the forefront in observing the planets, variable stars, and finds in events like nova. Only relatively recently have the machines taken over the lead finding comets (mainly the hyper-productive satellite named SOHO!)

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