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M42 Orion Nebula Prime Focus Image by Deon Krige

This was a first attempt at a prime focus image (camera directly connected to his telescope) of the Orion Nebula M42 by Hermanus Astronomy member Deon Krige. Here is his fact sheet and comments: “Setup ; Meade telescope LX50 10” F10 Schmidt Cassegrain. Original no Go-To mount. Camera Canon 760D with Focal Reducer 6.3 Prime …

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Fun in the Sun with the Solar System Model along the Cliff Path

In 2016, the Hermanus Astronomy Centre in partnership with the Overstrand Municipality, many local schools, businesses and National organizations, designed and constructed a true scale model of our Solar System along the Cliff Path between the Old Harbour and Grotto Beach. It is considered a true scale model as the scale applied for the sizes …

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Galaxy discovered by Hubble

Hubble fortuitously discovers a new galaxy in the cosmic neighbourhood

Compass Image of Bedin 1 in NGC 6752. Credit: NASA, ESA, and L. Bedin (Astronomical Observatory of Padua, Italy) January 31, 2019, ESA/Hubble Information Centre Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the oldest and faintest stars in the globular cluster NGC 6752 have made an unexpected finding. They discovered a dwarf …

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Cosmic collisions: SOFIA unravels the mysterious formation of star clusters

Illustration of a star cluster forming from the collision of turbulent molecular clouds, which appear as dark shadows in front of the background galactic star field. Credit: NASA/SOFIA/Lynette Cook November 7, 2018, NASA The sun, like all stars, was born in a giant cold cloud of molecular gas and dust. It may have had dozens …

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