Anyhow, a picture of the same galaxy five years ago, courtesy of Hubble (though the star in question is just out of shot).
I hope the operator has put another nickel in the slot for this weeks viewing.
Btw, to give a sense of perspective, the M101 galaxy is estimated to have at least 500,000,000,000 stars within its galaxial capture.
There are appriximately 20,000,000 granules of sugar in a kilo bag, so we are looking at 25 thousand bags of the stuff. Additionally, the light from the one grain has spent 21 million years travelling from there to here, still almost visible to the naked eye despite getting fainter over that time via the filtering through astral dust, stray atoms of anysorts, alien intervention and of course the dark matter.
Sorry my fault, left the “Dark Matter” reactor on at one of the summer cottages last time I was there, won’t happen again.
The last super nova to be seen by the naked eye during the day (magnitude -17) was the one that created the “Crab Nebula” back in 1054 AD, it’s at about 6500 light years away, anything closer would be a bit dangerous to us.
I don’t want to have to wear my lead lined suit all the time, it’s too heavy.
Bulbs need shelter too...
My Satellite Setup
No satellite stuff for the moment (aside from a 43cm minidish that was on the house already), Samsung SyncMaster T27B550 Smart TV & Monitor, and a few computers...
This looks like a good way to get you all out from behind the keyboards and breathing some fresh air (sometimes) I took the old telescope out and saw just a bright dot, couldn't find the CCD camera for it, I will have to dig in the closet for that hummer later.
But it still got you out of that dank basement and outside looking.....Didn't it...Just think what would go on if one like they saw back in 1054 happened, it was visible during the day, Mag -17) every 2012 nut in the world would be running around like a chicken with their heads cut off.