Thursday 20 February 2014

Astronomy Scrapbook Friday 21st February 2014

On This Day (1)
February 21st 1900 Death of Charles Piazzi Smyth

Charles Piazzi Smyth was born in 1819 he became Astronomer Royal for Scotland from 1846-1888.

Apart from his astronomical work he was very interested in studying the weather and the Pyramids in Egypt.

On This Day (2)
February 21st 1901 Discovery of Nova Perseus 1901 by Thomas Anderson

Nova Perseus 1901 or GK Perseus was discovered by Scottish astronomer Thomas Anderson. It reached  magnitude 0.2, since discovery it has made a number of outbursts suggesting it is more like a dwarf nova rather than a classical nova.

Surrounding the nova is the Firework Nebula discovered in 1902 consisting of an expanding cloud of gas.

On This Day (3)
February 21st 1938 Death of George Ellery Hale

George Ellery hale was an astrophysicist and studied stellar spectra and sunspots. Hale supervised the construction of the Mount Palomar observatory in California with the then biggest telescope in the world the 200 inch reflector.

Audience under the 200 inch telescope

 He never lived to see the observatory operation, but when declared operational  in 1948 the 200 inch telescope was named in his  honor The Hale Reflector

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