Undergraduate Life: Comet hunting!

A short post following on from yesterdays article regarding the Rosetta mission. At the University of Birmingham we last year installed a half metre Ritchey-Chretein Cassegrain telescope in our observatory. During the last year since it’s introduction I have taken part in a few memorable earlier morning observing trips. I though I would post some pictures of the time spent at the observatory.


The new telescope at the University of Birmingham Observatory

Comet ISON

Comet ISON taken in November 2013

Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy taken in November 2013. False colour image which displays the comet (white), sublimation of ice off the comet (blue/green) and the dust tail (red). The red lines indicate flux gradients.


The cold winters morning after a successful night of observing!


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