Hawaiian Sky: Addendum!

My friend Jim observed that I overlooked an impressive deep-sky object that I captured by accident in one of my sky photos. Remember this image from yesterday’s post?

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Jim is an avid astrophotographer and noticed the little fuzzy blob at the upper right, about 1/4 of the way in from the right and down from the top. He claims that that’s the Andromeda galaxy. Let’s zoom way in on that blob and take a look:

Andomeda

Sure looks like Jim was right! Here’s an actual big telescope photo of Andromeda to make sure:

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Yep, that’s the real deal. Amazing what a small but good-quality camera lens can capture if the viewing conditions are favorable. Andromeda is in some ways a special case. It’s actually quite enormous, nearly the size of the full moon, but is quite spread out and dim and so you need a nice dark sky to see it. But if you have that dark sky, you can see it even with the naked eye!

 

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5 thoughts on “Hawaiian Sky: Addendum!

  1. Michael Weiss

    Rich and Alice, I very much hope that one summer you might share of your career and adventures with the high-school students in the SSP astronomy program (at CU-Boulder, CO, and at Socorro, NM near the VLA)… Best, Mike

    On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 10:57 PM, Rich and Alice Go Globetrotting wrote:

    > richandalice posted: “My friend Jim observed that I overlooked an > impressive deep-sky object that I captured by accident in one of my sky > photos. Remember this image from yesterday’s post? Jim is an avid > astrophotographer and noticed the little fuzzy blob at the upper right” >

  2. Bloody hell! That’s some finding. In my utter ignorance I never thought you could see a whole galaxy with naked eye.

    And I suppose that somebody, from Andromeda, will be doing something similar, posting it on its version of WordPress.

    • In your very extensive travels I expect that you have been far enough south to see the Magellanic Clouds. Those are dwarf galaxies orbiting our own! Andromeda is much bigger and farther away, though: about twice the mass of our own galaxy and about 2.5 million light-years away. I’m sure they have WordPress there.

      • Mmmmh my forays south of the Equator either had light pollution or cloudy skies or both… I suppose I’ll have to go to the Atacama desert!

    • Namibia and Botswana would do the job too. And Australia and NZ if you get away from the cities.

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