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March 26th, 2004


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01:02 pm - The Sombrero Galaxy
The news seems full of efforts to save me, which I love reading, but figure there's only so many nearly identical articles that I can really post, so I've decided to dig back into my archive again until the next public release.

The Hubble Heritage Project, a swell group of professional and amateur astronomers hoping to keep up public interest in me celebrated their fifth anniversary in October of 2003. During that period, they've released an image a month, either previously unreleased images that are no longer exclusive property or their own observations. To celebrate, they made public perhaps the largest mosaic jobs I've ever been asked to do, cobbled from images they took in .

The resulting image is of M104 which is more frequently called the Sombrero Galaxy. It's unique mostly because of the almost pure edge-on view from our point of view here on earth (or, in my case 600km straight up from earth). This is a galaxy that has been studied since the 1800s, and provided one of the first proofs of an expanding universe when viewed by V. M. Slipher in 1912.

If you'd like to learn more about any of this, here are some links:
Hubble Heritage Project Homepage
HubbleSite write-up on the HHP's anniversary
More information about M104, including full sized images.

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From:vulture23
Date:March 26th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)
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I saw that when it was released. Beautiful picture, and makes for an icon well-suited for contemplations of the Universe. Thanks! ;)
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From:wcg
Date:March 26th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Ah yes, old Vesto Melvin Slipher, master craftsman of spectroscopic reflection gratings. He pretty much invented the ruling engine, and made some fantastically fine spectrographs.

Of course now we flash them holographically, and get orders of magnitude higher resolution than would ever be possible with a ruling engine.
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From:tamnonlinear
Date:March 26th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
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I'll keep hoping for you. It must be wonderful to contribute so much to humanity.

Who knows, maybe there's another telescope in Sombrero looking back at you.
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Date:July 28th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
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Date:July 28th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)

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Date:July 29th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC)

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Date:July 29th, 2004 10:12 pm (UTC)

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Date:July 30th, 2004 01:15 am (UTC)
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Date:August 2nd, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)

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Date:August 2nd, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC)

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