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Carnival of Space #427

Carnival of Space.  Image credit: Jason Major

Here we are again, back at Urban Astronomer HQ, banging on the doors for them to let us in and enjoy the Carnival of Space! Every week a different space blogger dons the mantel of Carnival Ringmaster and scrapes together a collection of the best space science and astronomy writing from around the Internet. And it's all done just for you, dear sweet reader. So come in, get comfy, and listen up!

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The Small Magellanic Cloud and 47 Tuc

Small Magellanic Cloud and 47 Tuc

A few nights ago, I captured this image of the Small Magellanic Cloud and the nearby globular cluster 47 Tuc.  It had been a while since I'd last taken the camera outside, and I wanted to grab something relatively simple while the weather was still clear.  So I decided to have another go at capturing a long exposure wide-field image.  Previous images of the Milky Way in Sagittarius, and the region around Crux and Carina, had been disappointing because of bad colour and poor contrast, but I'd recently discovered an article explaining at a technical level what the ISO setting in DSLR cameras actually does, which gave me an idea of what I'd been doing wrong.

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What we've been up to: Light Pollution, Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse

Some of the kids who got to look through the telescopeIf you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you'll know that Urban Astronomer has been doing a fair bit of astronomy outreach over recent months.  In July, I gave a presentation on Light Pollution for the Rhenosterspruit Conservancy, and in September I filmed the partial solar eclipse, and streamed it live for  And without even realising it, we became a major source of news on a surprising superstition regarding the recent Lunar Eclipse!


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