November 21, 2007


A growing black hole, called a quasar, can be seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Using NASA's Spitzer and Chandra Space Telescopes, astronomers discovered swarms of similar quasars hiding in dusty galaxies in the distant universe.


  1. My 'scope, good as it is, is not quite capable of such artistry.

    It will, though, be available upon the Rectory lawn for the opposition of Mars in coming months.

  2. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Expect to see some pics then, Mike?

  3. Unlikely unless I get that "t-ring".

    Then I'd need to level an area of the Rectory yard for the equatorial mount.

    The I'd need to get a clock drive (to keep the 'scope pointed right during exposure).

    Why'd I start down this path?

    It's Caz's fault...

  4. Anonymous5:13 PM

    We should pass the hat around for the Rectory Telescopy Project.

  5. Anonymous7:15 PM

    There's that "t-ring" thing again. Wish I had a camera around three months ago.

    I was sitting on the front veranda late one evening. Looked up at the stars as one does and noticed what looked like a satellite moving from the north west to south east. It may have been a high flying aeroplane but from the speed and size it looked just like a satellite.

    Anyway there I was watching this wee dot hiking across the sky when all of a sudden it speeds up incredibly while changing course by some 30 degrees, then nothing, zilch, sweet fanny adams.

    Oh well, it may have been the scotch; who knows, but I have never seen anything like it, probably never will again.

  6. All my fault, sure, but still no t-ring, is there?

    Is there?

  7. No. no. NO there isn't.

    Hey, Jarcob! Fifty years since Sputnik. Forty-six since Mercury. Forty-one years since Gemini and thirty-five (in fifteen days) since Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt drove the moon on the last Apollo mission.

    The wonder we have sacrificed to low-Earth orbit boredom.