Friday, October 16, 2015

the Andromeda way (Blue Mountains)

It was partly clear when we stepped out into the parking lot of the Carr Astronomical Observatory. Took in the whole sky. Nice. I noted a couple of constellations, the Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31, M31), the Double Cluster, our Milky Way arcing overhead.

Thomas said he always had trouble with our neighbour galaxy. I grabbed my "work" laser pointer, the Logitech remote, to see if the red beam would be visible. It was faint but when we looked from behind the emitter, it was obvious. I pointed out the Great Square, the widening V, then α, β, μ, and ν. He saw it, I think.

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