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Night at the Planetarium

T-Rex by imageoftravisty
It was brought to my attention on the Bad Astronomy blog that there would be a talk at the University of Colorado's Fiske Planetarium by Luisa Rebull, a Caltech scientist who is working with the orbiting infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. The B.A. mentioned that he himself would be in attendance. I've totally wanted to stalk him since moving here, so I persuaded Tim to go with me to Boulder tonight for the talk.

Also this night, the moon and Venus appeared just a couple of degrees apart from each other, in an IYA2009 event dubbed "Beauty Without Borders". So after dinner at Red Robin, we paused to look at them in the parking lot.

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The prophecy is now complete.

We went on to the planetarium, getting there half an hour early. Fiske Planetarium has an interesting exhibit space in its lobby, which gave us something to do while waiting.

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The talk was quite fascinating, focusing in particular on a recently-released composite image of spiral galaxy M101, put together with data from Spitzer, Hubble, and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

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Before Dr. Rebull started, I noticed her at the back of the room chatting with someone I was pretty sure was Phil Plait. I made a note of where he sat, and determined to go say hi when the talk was over. I got in a Q during the Q&A, and as the talk concluded, we were invited to go to the neighboring observatory. Phil had been busy signing someone's copy of Death From The Skies!, so I just asked his permission for a quick snapshot.

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At the observatory, we got to see the Orion Nebula and Comet Lulin. Joy Joy.

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tonylents
Feb. 28th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Wow dude! I would give much to visit a real observatory!
Interestingly, is visible Leo in our hemisphere?
theropod
Feb. 28th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
You're in Russia, right? I live at 40°N, so you should be able to see mostly the same stars I do. Leo can be seen tonight. Look in the east about 9 pm local time.
tonylents
Feb. 28th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Hm... Sometimes I have done a foolish think. Really, we have one sky.
But today is cloudy, raining, so I all the same cannot watch a comet.

Sorry for my bad English. In army I was lost the lexicon.
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