Sunday, November 21, 2004

Serendipity - Hubble tracks asteroid

While using the Hubble Space telescope to view the Sagittarius dwarf irregular galaxy (SagDIG), a team of astronomers received an unexpected surprise. Hubble had recorded the passage of a small asteroid across the recorded image of the galaxy. While satellite tracks and the passage of aeroplanes are a constant source of annoyance to ground based astronomers and astrophotographers - this is possibly the first case of a foreign body interfering with the recording of an image from the space based Hubble!



Blogger HumbleOpinion said...

Great site! Expecially the astronomy photos. I was referred here through Langa List.

2004-11-22, 6:23 a.m.  

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