Woodlands Youth Club will be organising a romantic night gathering this weekend for both couples and singles.
Recently, astronomers from the University of Texas Austin successfully measured the known heaviest black hole in space. At the centre of the galaxy M87, there exists a massive black hole measured at 6.6 billion solar masses. Scientists used a large-diameter telescope combined with a smaller one to collected data from thousands of dim stars and formed images that clearly depicts the influence the black hole exerts on its surrounding region. For now, there is still no direct evidence of the existence of black hole (no one has actually seen one). But scientists believe that soon, the event horizon of black hole will be detected in the future.
Have you ever complained about the amateur level of your instruments? Do you want to have a glimpse into how professional astronomers manipulate those giant telescope? Here is your chance! The European Southern Observatory is holding the “Hidden Treasures Competition” for astronomy fans to play around with the immense picture database they have amassed for the past many years. All you need to do is to use process these pictures into a masterpiece in any way you want (“no painting”) and submit it to the official website. All entries submitted will be judged on aesthetics, processing and originality qualities and winner will be awarded an all expenses paid trip to Very Large Telescope in Chile and participate in the observation for one night ! Don’t miss it!
Have you ever left your telescope pointing to a target after you had enjoyed an exciting observation, and gone to sleep? Well, I know you are probably too tired to pack things up, but once you take a look what happened to this guy, you won’t be so careless again. Mike Lynch, an avid amateur astronomer at Minneapolis, left his giant 14.5″ Starmaster at the observation site and went to sleep. Of course, he didn’t just leave it the way it was, as a veteran, he slewed the tube to the horizontal direction, covered it, and placed a towel at the eyepiece opening. Well, you would think this should be sufficient enough right? But guess what, during the night, the wind blew off the cover, changed the pointing of the tube up to the sky, and what is more coincidental, the sun passed through the field of view of the 14.5” Starmaster next morning! The result? With its powerful light-focusing ability, the telescope burnt itself into ashes. Next time, after you are done with your equipment, treat it nicer – I am sure you don’t want that to happen to you.
Hi, fellow astronomers! Hope your had a fruitful stargazing session last night. Well, this week, according to the forecast, it looks like we are in for a lot of exciting sights. This week, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot will be visible at its central meridian. To better enjoy the Great Red Spot, it is better use a light blue or green filter during observation. Another potential target to watch is periodical comet Harley 2. Around 20th Oct, it will pass its closet to Earth. Look for it in Auriga and you shall find it in a night with clear sky.
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Welcome back from the recess week, the mid terms and before some of you lucky few head for E-Learning week, NUSAS proudly presents Astrobash XXVI!
The sign up is now active, all rooms are twin-sharing, so grab you friends and register @ http://tinyurl.com/astrobashxxvi !
PS: For future Astrobash updates, do headover to www.nusas.org/astrobash !
Pan-STARRS — the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System has discovered its first potentially hazardous asteroid this month. This project was initiated by the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii to use its wide field imaging facility to detect those asteroids that will come near Earth within a dangerous distance. This newly discovered asteroid is about 45m in diameter and is now 32 million km away from us. What is assuring is that this asteroid will not pose an threat to us in the immediate future. However, it is estimated that there are more potentially hazardous asteroids out there yet to be discovered. Although these asteroids could be too small in terms of size and brightness for our amateur astronomers to detect, it is not impossible, that we could discover them combining the power of all the amateur astronomers together. So watch out, maybe next time, when you aim your telescope at the sky, you will be the lucky guy to discover one.
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