Saturday, 14 October 2017

Andromeda

It was a clear night on October 14th. The Andromeda Galaxy was clearly visible in the night sky as a hazy smudge of light. Unfortunately the Tudor Telescope did not add much to what I was able to see with the naked eye. I took the photo below through the telescope with a Canon Ixus 160 with the anti blur function  activated (my moto mobile phone did not manage to photograph anything at all).




The star Mu Andromedae is the lower spot of light and the Andromeda Galaxy is the upper spot. The galaxy just looks like a faint star that is slightly out of focus. Ancient astronomers called the feature a nebula or little cloud. It was not until the 20th century that it was correctly identified as a galaxy outside of our own.  Shakespeare has nothing to say about Andromeda in any of his works which is slightly odd as the story of the chained princess Andromeda is contained in Ovid's Metamorphoses in the same section as Pyramus and Thisbee. Shakespeare must have known this story. Some researchers think that Shakespeare may have revised the play "Locrine" in which Andromeda does appear on the basis of a marginal note "revised by W.S." but its hard to tell. What is certain is that to see more detail of the Andromeda Galaxy a better telescope than my 3X magnification prototype is required.      

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