Saturday, 31 May 2014

Quiet Hedgehog looking up

Dear readers, I haven't gone away, but I have taken on a very difficult extended project this year that is taking up a lot of my time and energy. One of the reasons for doing it was to get out of my comfort zone and do various kinds of work I'm not used to, and I'm certainly getting that from it. But I don't have the quiet internet time that I used to have. Hopefully the project should be more or less wrapped up by mid-October. At which point I may just go and lie on a beach and look at stars.

It's my birthday today :)

In 1996, they pointed the Hubble Space telescope at a tiny patch of sky - the size of a grain of sand held out at arm's length - in which no-one had ever managed to see anything at all. Over several sessions, they collected photons, practically one by one, for a total of ten days. Measured them, mapped them, noted their colour, to build a picture.

In the picture were some very faint stars that no-one had ever seen before - and three thousand galaxies.


MOCKBA said...

I was so sure you were cross-referencing to some old post which would mention Norshteyn's classic animation and its Hedgehog Counting the Stars - but I couldn't find any references to "fog" in the blog ... so posting the link just in case. Cumpleanos, espinosa!

TwoToTango said...

Dear Ms. Hedgehog
A very happy birthday to you and many happy returns too.
Much energy for your work, hopefully you still take your time for Tango (should provide some of the energy needed) and lots of success for your project.
Best fm Switzerland,

msHedgehog said...

Thank you very much, both of you! I'd never heard of the hedgehog in the fog :)