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Asteroid (596) Scheila - BBC Stargazing Live

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« on: January 03, 2011, 04:24:44 pm »

Hot of the press for you all here!  I used the Faulkes Telescopes N&S today to make observations for the BBC Stargazing Live Event - whilst unfortunately FTS in Australia was rained out all day, and observations on FTN in Hawaii  were very intermittent due to poor weather there, I did manage to get a 30 minute run imaging the recently impacted asteroid (596) Scheila - this confused all the boffins by displaying both asteroidal and cometary behaviour simultaneously in the form of a coma and possible tail.  Unfortunately I was unable to see the coma at all, however I put together an animation which shows its rapid motion over the sky in a 25 minute period.  It's quite a big file, so apologies!



I've sent it off to the BBC so fingers crossed I may get it on wednesdays programme.  I did manage to get a few images for the Crab Nebula this morning aswell with FTN, however cloud was rolling in and I fear despite no amount of post processing that i'm flogging a dead horse with the M1 data, ah well, we will see.  Fingers crossed I have another 2 slots on FT tomorrow, so hopefully the weather will be better!

Hope you like it,
Mark Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 05:01:21 pm »

Congratulations Mark, your time and dedication has really paid off. Schelia is really moving very quickly. Good luck on having it presented on the telecast!
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011, 06:03:09 pm »

Excellent work Mark!!, she is really moving, love the rotation  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011, 09:06:36 pm »

Top job,Mark.
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 09:47:12 pm »

Thanks for the kind words chaps! I really enjoyed getting this image today, hopefully there will be a couple more available slots tomorrow if i'm lucky Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011, 01:26:37 am »

Nicely done Mark. I shall keep my fingers crossed for tomorrow's Stargazing Live.
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