Archive | July 2009

First post from Calgary

Some of you are probably already aware that I recently moved to Calgary to take up a post at the University of Calgary. I’m far from settled but thought I’d put a few pics of my explorations so far…
Oh they start with the upgrade that I got to executive first class on the way there… so so much better than normal air travel!
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We went to the Uni after we got settled into the econolodge hotel (not a bad place really – the area is a bit quiet though, not much todo!) and we got to see the massive sports stadiums…
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I’m not going to give you a blow by blow account but here are a few pics of the downtown – for more of this set see [my flickr account]
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Messier night at the observatory

The last observing session that I’ll run for the foreseeable future at the University of Birmingham Observatory (Wast Hills) was last Wednesday and turned into a bit of a Messier object only night with a couple of us trying to fill in the holes in our Messier chart (there were quite a few and still are!). It was not the best night with some clouds around but overall it was fairly clear. We managed to observe (and take half decent images) of 22 objects. My favourite images from the night can be seen below:
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M8, The Lagoon Nebula – 4x30s BVR
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M10 a globular cluster – 2x30s BVR
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M20 – The Trifid Nebula – 6x30s BRV
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NGC 6960 – The Veil Nebula 4x30s BRV
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0.0001s u-band image of the Moon
Others can be found on my .

Apollo Landing Sites Photographed

At long last the Apollo landing sites have been imaged! The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has overcome resolution and dynamic range (contrast) issues in taking these photos returning a rather convincing view of the craft (and even footprint trails!) on the Moon… for more and the pictures see [nasa.gov]

PhD Graduation…

My PhD graduation ceremony was yesterday so I’m now officially able to use the title Dr… so you are now reading the posts of Dr Samuel George, I’m obviously fairly happy.. now I get to move onto the University of Calgary where I’m taking up a postdoctoral position in radio astronomy. The graduation ceremony even made the [astro group news page.. ].
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many more pictures [on my flickr account].
We also (thanks Gareth) have a movie of us all throwing out caps in the air…

Wast Hills Telescope Movie #2

Another movie of the telescope at Wast Hills, actually these pics were taken during the most recent night we had out there which produced some nice pics (see [here]), the first one was only over a short period of time where as this video covers all the way from just before sunset to just after sunrise… (if below does not work try the link directly at [youtube.com])