Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Look, up in the sky ...

Space seems to be a hot topic at the moment, with the 40th anniversary of the first men on the Moon, as well as a big solar eclipse about the happen. But another space related story involves an amateur astronomer from Murrumbateman (just outside Canberra).
Anthony Wesley, using a 14.5 inch telescope in his backyard, managed to capture images of a comet (or possibly an asteroid) crashing into Jupiter. The impact was later confirm by NASA, and is only the second observed collision between Jupiter and another object.
Anthony also happens to be a past member of the Belconnen Chess Club in Canberra, and was a regular participant in the National Computer Chess Championships. I suspect these days his interest in astronomy precludes an active chess career but nonetheless our paths do cross from time to time.
Here is the full report from The Age, and a hat tip to The RiotACT for alerting me to this story.

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