Heavenly Bodies

Alien World students had the opportunity to experience the dark skies of the Brecon Beacons this weekend. There they met CASE astronomer Allan Trow who had prepared binoculars and telescopes for their night time experience. Luckily for all the weather again was kind, allowing clear viewing for several hours. Unfortunately, the growth of Brecon and the surrounding area has begun to encroach on the lovely dark skies that were once its main draw for astronomers. If the present growth continues then astronomers will have to travel further a field to enjoy the majesty of the heavens.

Light pollution aside the students did manage to take several nice images. One of these was taken by Graham Hurley, which shows M81 and M82. They are approximately 12 million light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear).

If you’re interested in looking at the night sky come along to the Alien Worlds class on campus every Wednesday night 7pm in B134.

Written by Allan Trow 

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