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8, July, 2013

Swallowed by a Black Hole



Scientific collaboration featured on BBC2 Horizon Broadcast



Recent research into the core of the Perseus galaxy cluster conducted by Dr. Andrew C. Fabian ( Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK) and an international team of astronomers has been featured in the 2013 BBC2 Horizon program titled "Swallowed by a Black Hole". A deep white light and narrowband image (left) of the Perseus galaxy cluster produced by and first released on Cosmotography.com was used in this research and featured in the BBC program (seen approximately 47:00 minutes into the program).

"Swallowed by a Black Hole" has also been in rotation on the Science Channel (USA).


About Swallowed by a Black Hole:
Duration: 59 minutes

Not so long ago, black holes were regarded as the destroyers of the universe: a dark force from which nothing escapes; only recently have we come to understand they may be a key part of a universe's creation.

During summer 2013, the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way is getting ready to feast.

A gas cloud three times the size of our planet has strayed within the gravitational reach of our nearest supermassive black hole. And across the globe, telescopes are being trained on the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, some 27,000 light years from Earth, in the expectation of observing this unique cosmic spectacle.

For cosmic detectives across the Earth, it is a unique opportunity. For the first time in the history of science, they hope to observe in action the awesome spectacle of a feeding supermassive black hole.

Watch the program here.
 




15, June, 2013
TIME Cover

TIME chooses Cosmotography image for new book cover:
New Frontiers of SPACE, TIME Books, published July 16, 2013



The editors of TIME have selected the massive, 75 mega-pixel mosaic image of the Lagoon Nebula composited with a full color, true to scale image of the gibbous moon to stretch across the front and back cover of a new book released on July 16, 2013.


About New Frontiers of Space:

Authored by Jeffrey Kluger and Michael D. Lemonick, featuring articles by Daniel Cray, Alex Perry, Andrew Chaikin and David Bjerklie, New Frontiers of SPACE examines what's new in the universe.

Journey with the editors of TIME as they explore the latest scientific discoveries within our solar system and beyond.

Recent advances in technology have helped astronomers put to rest centuries-old debates about space and the universe, but they have also raised newer, more intriguing questions:
  • What is the nature of dark matter and what does it tell us about the origins of the universe?
  • Does new data strongly suggest that microbial life exists beyond Earth-in our own solar system?
  • How does the discovery of far more exo-planets than scientists once estimated impact the odds that advanced life may exist elsewhere in the universe?
  • Are space tourism and commercial asteroid mining feasible?
TIME explores these topics and more in a stunning view of the final frontier.

Browse the book.



See the full cover
 




1, March, 2013
The Current in the Tide

Interview with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado and R. Jay GaBany published in Germany's Sterne und Weltraum (Stars and Space) Magazine, March 2013


(from: The Current in the Tide, Sterne und Weltraum, March 2013)

Looking for stellar tidal currents close to the spiral galaxies, astrophysicist David Martínez-Delgado and the amateur astrophotographer R. Jay GaBany are on the prowl. Together they combine the best observation techniques with current computer models.

Read the press release
 




21, September, 2012
25 Most Influential People in Space

Leading News Magazine Special Edition Shines a Light on R. Jay GaBany


(from: 25 Most Influential People in Space, Time Books, 2012)

As frontiers of space expand, so do the opportunities for its explorers: to pilot spacecraft, spot planets, search for aliens and share their passion.

Gigantic observatories and orbiting space telescopes don't own astronomy. Not entirely. Smaller can sometimes be better, as astrophotographer R. Jay GaBany has proven. Read the article...

On sale now through December 14, 2012 where ever magazines are sold.

 




23, August, 2012
CNN iReport Facebook Event

R. Jay GaBany Hosts CNN iReport Facebook Event


Join Light Years and CNN iReport on Facebook August 23, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. ET for a chat with R. Jay GaBany, one of the world’s leading amateur astrophotographers.

Jay will answer your questions about celestial photography and share his tips for how to get the best brag-worthy snapshots of meteor showers, the Milky Way and the night sky using minimal equipment.

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10, May, 2012
NGC 5907 featured on cover of the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, February 2012, vol. 538, A121

Loops formed by tidal tails as fossil records of a major merger


(from the Astronomy & Astrophysics press release) NGC 5907 is a spiral galaxy lying in the Dragon constellation, showing extraordinary large loops and currents of stars in its surrounding halo. According to researchers, it could have been formed through a gigantic collision of galaxies, 8 to 9 billion years ago. Six scientists of the Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Astronomical Observatories of China and Aix-Marseille Université propose this scenario on the basis of simulations with 200,000 to 6 million particles.

  • Read the Observatoire de Paris press release
  • Download the Observatoire de Paris press release
  • Read the Astronomy & Astrophysics abstract.
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    8, February, 2012
    Max-Planck-Gesellschaft research news article published

    Tiny galaxy with a huge appetite


    (from the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft web site) From small to large- this motto also applies in space. Tiny galaxies can merge into formidable Milky Way systems. But how do dwarf galaxies grow? Apparently, in a similar manner- through cosmic cannibalism. Two research groups including MPIA researchers David Martínez-Delgado and Michelle Collins from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg have found a mini galaxy which is just in the process of devouring another.

  • Read the article.
  • Read additional information.
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    8, February, 2012
    University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) press release published

    New images capture 'stealth merger' of dwarf galaxies


    (from the UCSC web site) New images of a nearby dwarf galaxy have revealed a dense stream of stars in its outer regions, the remains of an even smaller companion galaxy in the process of merging with its host. The host galaxy, known as NGC 4449, is the smallest primary galaxy in which a stellar stream from an ongoing merger has been identified and studied in detail.

  • Read the press release.
  • Read more information about this research.
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    8, February, 2012
    National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) press release published

    Subaru Telescope Captures Images of the "Stealth Merger" of Dwarf Galaxies


    (from the NAOJ web site) Research by an international team of scientists has revealed a "stealth merger" of dwarf galaxies, where an in-falling satellite galaxy is nearly undetectable by conventional means yet has a substantial influence on its host galaxy. The Subaru Telescope captured high-resolution images of individual stars in a dense stream of stars in the outer regions of a nearby dwarf galaxy (NGC 4449); these outlying stars are the remains of an even smaller companion galaxy in the process of merging with its host.

  • Read the press release.
  • Read more information about this research.
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    8, February, 2012
    Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy press release issued

    Watching a tiny galaxy grow


    (from the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy web site) For the first time, astronomers have caught a so-called dwarf galaxy in the process of swallowing another, even smaller galaxy. Whether such mergers are important for the evolution of the tiniest galaxies has been the subject of debate among theoreticians. Now, thanks to research by two independent groups including MPIA researchers David Martínez-Delgado and Michelle Collins, there is empirical evidence that such mergers occur. The analyses draw on deep images from modestly sized telescopes, in an example for successful collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers.

    Read the more about this project here and an article that provides background information about dwarf galaxies here. Read the press release here.

     




    1, February, 2012
    Article appears in February 2012 Sky and Space magazine

    Amateur astronomers hunt down dark matter


    (from the Ciel et Espace website) Another example of successful collaboration between amateurs and professionals! Photographers Jay GaBany and Ken Crawford embarked on the trail of the dark matter , along with an international scientific team, by Raphaël Chevrier. (Ciel et Espace, February 2012, pages 28-31)
     




    29, December, 2011
    M106 Makes Cover of Ovaldsen's 2012 Calendar Handbook

    2012 Heavenly Calendar, Astronomical Handbook and Almanac


    This picture of spiral galaxy M106 was selected for the cover of Jan-Erik Ovaldsen's 2012 Calendar, Handbook and Almanac. Jan-Erik is an acclaimed Norwegian astrophysicist, published author and astronomy evangelist.
     




    9, December, 2011
    New scientific collaboration submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters

    Dwarfs gobbling dwarfs: a tidal star stream around NGC 4449


    We have mapped and analyzed a stellar stream in the halo of the nearby dwarf starburst galaxy NGC 4449, detecting it in deep integrated-light images using the Black Bird II Observatory 0.5-meter telescope, and resolving it into a river of individual red giant branch stars using the 8.2-meter Subaru/Suprime-Cam (NAOJ). The properties of the stream imply a massive dwarf spheroidal progenitor, which will continue to disrupt and deposit an amount of stellar mass that is comparable to the existing stellar halo of the main galaxy. The ratio between luminosity or stellar-mass between the two galaxies represents a stealth major merger. This singular discovery also suggests that satellite accretion can play a significant role in building up the stellar halos of low-mass galaxies, and possibly in triggering their starbursts.

    Read the full .pdf documentation.
     




    11, November, 2011
    New scientific collaboration published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters

    The formation of shell galaxies similar to NGC 7600 in the cold dark matter cosmogony

    A new N-body simulation, demostrates the continuous accretion of stars and dark matter clumps can create a swath of diffuse circumgalactic structures. The disruption of a massive near-radial orbiting dark matter clump creates a complex system of transient concentric shells which bare a striking resemblance to those observed surrounding NGC 7600. With the aid of the simulation we interpret NGC 7600 in the context of the CDM model.

    Read the full .pdf documentation.
     




    17, October, 2011
    Recent scientific collaboration published in the Astronomical Journal

    Discovery of a Stellar Tidal Stream in the Halo of Messier 63 (NGC 5055)


    The results of a collaboration spanning several years regarding the existance of a stellar stream surrounding Messier 63 (NGC 5055) has been published by the Astronomical Journal. Click here for the full pdf documentation.
     




    3, October, 2011
    Astronomy Magazine Includes 4 Images in 100 Greatest PIctures of the Year 2011

    NGC 4651, the Umbrella galaxy
    NGC 4258, M106
    NGC 5055, M63, the Sunflower galaxy
    NGC 6514, the Trifid nebula
    The November 2011 issue of Astronomy magazine selects the 100 Greatest Pictures of the Year and includes four images seen at Cosmotography.
     


    1, October, 2011
    Wikipedia page released



    A page with my biography and modest contributions to astronomy has been released on Wikipedia.

     


    29, September, 2011
    NGC 3521 backdrops official ISS Expedition 30 crew portrait



    NASA selected this picture of NGC 3521 (the Bubble galaxy) as the backdrop image for the official crew portrait of Expedition 30 to the International Space Station.

     


    15, September, 2011
    NGC 5907 published in the journal Nature



    This image of NGC 5907 illustrated a News & Views article titled Rough Times in the Galactic Neighborhood by Curtis Struck (Vol 477 Number 7364, September 15, 2011, pages 286- 287) in the journal Nature.

     


    25, May, 2011
    New scientific collaboration submitted to Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS)

    A wide Chandra view of the core of the Perseus cluster


    Download the PDF document.

    An international team of professional astronomers, led by Prof. Andrew C. Fabian ( Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK) has submitted a paper for publication featuring new Chandra images of X-ray emissions from the core of the Perseus galaxy cluster. This image and a description about its production were included.
     


    15, May, 2011
    New scientific collaboration published

    Good Science with Modest Instruments

    Download the PDF document.

    Presented on May 23, 2011 at the Society of Astronomical Sciences Symposium in Big Bear Lake, California, this paper summarizes the benefits of conducting astronomical research with off the shelf equipment and a motivated team of professionals and amateurs. This paper was written in collaboration with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado, MPIA.
     


    12, May, 2011
    Eta Carinae Makes the Cover of Astronomy Magazine's Spectacular Universe

    Cover Image


    This image of Eta Carinae was selected for the cover of Astronomy's Spectacular Universe special edition.

    Order a copy here.
     


    21, April, 2011
    Article published in June 2011 Sky and Telescope

    Layering Image Contrast


    This article in the June issue of Sky and Telescope discusses a novel technique I use to exaggerate contrast and make structures more apparaent in astronomical images. See pages 72- 75.

    Read more information here.
     


    1, March, 2011
    M83 makes the cover of the UK's AstronomyNow March 2011 edition

    Run the Messier Marathon


    This image of M83 was selected for the cover of the UK's largest selling astronomy magazine for the March 2011 issue.
     


    10, January, 2011
    Award Recipient

    2010 AAS Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award


    I have the extreme honor of being named the recipient of the 2010 AAS Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award for my work with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado and his international team of professional astronomers!

    Read more information here.
     


    2, January, 2011
    Article published in January 2011 issue of Astronomy Now

    Gearheads- Remote Viewing


    This article about remote observatory operation has been published in the January 2011 issue of Astronomy Now- pages 84- 85.
     




    25, December, 2010
    M63 Collaboration featured on Official MPIA 2010 Christmas Card

    Season's Greeting and all the best for the New Year!


    This image from the recent collaborative investigation with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado (MPIA) was selected to adorn the front of the 2010 Official Christmas Card from the Max-Plank-Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg.
     




    15, December, 2010
    NGC 5907 Makes Cover of Sweden's Populär Astronomi December 2010 issue

    Dark Secrets of the Smallest Galaxies


    Daniel Aden's article describes stellar streams and their signficance to galactic evolution. See pages 36 through 40.
     




    10, November, 2010
    NGC 5907 Featured on Cover of Patrick Moore's 2011 Astronomy Yearbook




    This picture of NGC 5907 was selected for the cover of this popular book published in the UK.
     




    30, October, 2010
    M63 Collaboration featured in Nature Physics

    Galactic Leftovers
       

    The results of a collaboration spanning several years regarding the existance of a stellar stream surrounding Messier 63 (NGC 5055) has been featured in Nature Physics October 2010 edition.
     




    9, September, 2010
    New scientific collaboration submitted for publication

    Discovery of a Stellar Tidal Stream in the Halo of Messier 63 (NGC 5055)


    The results of a collaboration spanning several years regarding the existance of a stellar stream surrounding Messier 63 (NGC 5055) have been submitted for publication to the Astronomical Journal and can be previewed here.
     




    7, September, 2010
    Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy

    Spirals eat dwarfs: Galactic tendrils shed light on evolution of spiral galaxies


    Read the press release here and news items based on the release that appear in National Geographic News, Universe Today and Space.com

    Read the article about this project here.
     




    20, April, 2010
    AstroPhotography Tonight
    Interview

    I was recently interviewed by Ray Shore for an article that's now available at AstroPhotography Tonight.
     




    10, April, 2010
    Astronomical Journal
    Scientific Paper

    Stellar Tidal Streams in Spiral Galaxies of the Local Volume: A Pilot Survey with Modest Aperture Telescopes

    A fifth scientific paper that includes my imaging contributions has been accepted for publication in the Astronomical Journal. Click here for the full text in PDF format.
     




    26, March, 2010
    Astronomy & Astrophysics
    Scientific Paper

    A Multi-wavelength analysis of M81 (NGC3031): insight on the nature of Arp’s loop

    A fourth scientific paper that includes my imaging contributions has been published by Astronomy & Astrophysics. Click here for the full text in PDF format.
     




    15, December, 2009
    Horsehead Makes Cover of Ovaldsen's 2010 Calendar Handbook

    Heavenly Calendar, Astronomical Handbook and Almanac


    This picture of the Horsehead Nebula was selected for the cover of Jan-Erik Ovaldsen's 2010 Calendar Handbook. Jan-Erik is an acclaimed Norwegian astrophysicist, published author and astronomy evangelist.
     




    1, December, 2009
    Article published in Sky & Telescope's Beautiful Universe 2010

    The Art of Science


    The 2010 edition of Sky & Telescope's Beautiful Universe includes two images and an article I wrote introducing the amateur section for deep space and planetary images. Titled The Art of Science, the article discussed my long held belief that astrophotography is an form of art in service to science. It was a singular honor to be a contributor to this annual special edition. See pages 38- 39.

    Buy a copy!
     




    10, October, 2009
    Astrophysical Journal
    Scientific paper

    Unveiling the Nature of M94’s Outer Region: a Panchromatic Perspective

    A third scientific paper that includes my imaging contributions has been published in the Astrophysical Journal. Click here for the full text in PDF format.

     




    9, June, 2009
    Instituto Cervantes, Madrid, Spain

    Image exhibition


    Surprises of the Cosmos

    The Instituto Cervantes presents the spectacular images of the project Surprises of the Cosmos.

    The exhibition, organized by the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, the Canary Government and the Instituto Cervantes, includes spectacular large format photographs showing planets, nebulas, galaxies and stars, starting from a ‘scan’ of the universe from its beginning. The opening will take place the 22nd of July, at 6:30 pm, and will include a brief presentation of the exhibition held by Annia Domènech, journalist in science and curator of the project Surprises of the Cosmos.

    The objective of this exhibition is to present abroad the astrophysics investigation studies that are carried out in Spain, a country that counts important observatories in its territory, coinciding with the celebration of the Year International of Astronomy in 2009. Many of the most remarkable international observatories are in Spanish speaking countries: Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Spain, with the Roque de los muchachos observatory, (La Palma) and the Teide observatory (Tenerife) both belonging to the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.

    These thirty spectacular astronomic photographs show planets, nebulas, galaxies, and stars, starting from a ‘scan’ of the universe from its beginning. The four stages of the journey are: up to the borders of the Milky Way; our galaxy, the Milky Way; the Solar System.

    Surprises of the Cosmos has been touring since April 2009, showing in various international branches of the Instituto Cervantes including those in Madrid, Lisbon, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Utrecht, London, New Delhi, Sydney.

    Two of my images are part of an exhibition. Included are NGC 5907 and NGC 891
     




    5, June, 2009
    NGC 5709 published in June 2009 issue of the journal Science

    The Tales Told by Lonely Galaxies


    This image of NGC 5907 has been published in the journal Science..

    (from the Science website)To what extent are a galaxy's properties determined by its inner workings or through interactions with its surroundings? To solve that puzzle, some astronomers are searching for rare galaxies well isolated from their neighbors. By comparing these loners to their more-gregarious brethren, researchers hope to tease apart the inherent inner workings of galaxies and the effects of interactions. Last month, 120 researchers gathered in Granada, Spain, to discuss such efforts. Article by Adrian Cho
     




    1, June, 2009
    Capturing the Stars: Astrophotography by the Masters (Hardcover)

    Book publication


    Several images have been published in a new book by master astrophotographer Robert Gendler. Images include:The Iris Nebula (my personal favorite picture), The Horsehead Nebula, The Crab Nebula and others. Robert included a short, but exceedingly generous, introduction to the section of this book featuring my collection of images.

    Book description: Galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and other deep-sky treasures fill the pages of this beautiful volume of space photography from ten of the most accomplished astrophotographers in the world. Along with the marvels of the night sky--the Andromeda and Whirlpool galaxies, the Pleiades and the Praesepe, the Orion and Crab nebulae, and many more--each section features a profile of the photographer’s work, techniques, philosophy, and experiences. Compiled by the world's leading amateur astrophotographer, with an introduction to the history of space photography, this spectacular volume is an essential for every stargazer’s bookshelf.

    Buy the book!
     




    1, June, 2009
    The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican
    Book publication



    My image of NGC 5907 has been included in a new book by Guy Consolmagno that has been published by the Vatican Observatory Publications.

    For more than 100 years, the Vatican has supported an astronomical observatory. But that should come as no surprise; from even before the Gregorian Reform of the Calendar in 1582, indeed dating back to the invention of the University (where studying astronomy was a requirement for anyone wanting a doctorate in philosophy or theology!) the Church has not only supported astronomical research...it has seen the study of the Heavens as a way of getting to know the Creator!

    In honor of the International Year of Astronomy, the Vatican and its Observatory is delighted to present this small expression of support, filled with beautiful images from the Vatican's telescopes and wisdom from the Popes, to show that indeed.

    Buy the book!
     




    15, March, 2009
    Discover the Universe 2009- Norway
    Image Exhibition

    At the invitation of Jan-Erik Ovaldsen, the acclaimed Norwegian astrophysicist, author and astronomy evangelist, and with the permission of the Subaru Observatory on Maua Kea, Hawaii, I prepared an updated rendtion of the Subaru Deep Field image, produced several years ago for the Norwegian celebration of Discover the Universe 2009.

    So far, the Subaru Deep Field project has generated over thirty scientific papers. To the delight of the original research team, one of the earliest findings announced the identification of one of the farthest known galaxies- an early star system 12.88 billion light years from Earth!

    This rendition, plus one or two other pictures, are being displayed on oversized, outdoor posters with photographs from professional observatories, orbiting space telescopes and several other independent astrophotographers in Oslo, Norway, from April through June 2009, in Sandefjord, Norway from August 1- 31, 2009 and Kristiansand, Norway, from mid-June through October 31, 2009.
     




    1, March, 2009
    2009 Advanced Imaging Conference
    Speaking engagement

    I will be speaking at the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) this fall, October 30- November 1, in San Jose, California.

    My subject will be Making Eye Candy
     




    20, February 2009
    Astrophysical Journal
    Scientific Paper release

    Discovery of a giant stellar tidal stream around the disk galaxy NGC 4013

    A second scientific paper has been published featuring my image of NGC 4013.
     




    30, January 2009
    Article published in the January 2009 issue of Sky and Telescope

    Galaxy Archeology with Amateurs


    An article co-authored with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado has been published in the January 2009 edition of Sky and Telescope discussing our research into stellar star streams around distanct galaxies. See pages 92- 98
     




    22, January 2009
    University of Michagan
    Image Exhibition

    The Universe- Yours to Discover: Out of this World Astronomical images
    My image of NGC 5907 is on display at the Harlan Hatcher Gallery January 22 through March 7, 2009
     




    15, December, 2009
    Horsehead Makes Cover of Dickinson & Dyer's Third Edition

    The Backyard Astronomer's Guide


    This picture of the Horsehead Nebula was selected for the cover of Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer's third edtion of the Backyard Astronomer's Guide.

    Sky & Telescope said: "Guide books for amateur astronomers abound, but none is more up to date than the heavily illustrated third edition of Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer's The Backyard Astronomer's Guide. It's an indispensible aid for amateurs wading into the ocean of modern telescopes, eyepieces and accessories. And the section on astrophotography with digital cameras is among the finest we've seen..If you were to own only one book on amateur astronomy, this is it!"
     




    10, December 2008
    Astrophysical Journal
    Scientific Paper release

    The ghost of a dwarf galaxy: fossils of the hierarchical formation of the nearby spiral galaxy ngc 5907

    First scientific paper has been published featuring my image of NGC 5907.
     




    4, April 2008
    News release

    Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)
    News release



    (from the IAC web site) Gigantes corrientes estelares, surgidas tras la muerte de galaxias enanas, circundan las regiones exteriores de dos galaxias espirales

    Un equipo internacional de astrónomos ha identificado gigantescas corrientes de estrellas en la periferia de dos galaxias espirales próximas y, por primera vez, ha obtenido una visión panorámica de un fenómeno de canibalismo galáctico similar al de la galaxia enana de Sagitario en el entorno de la Vía Láctea
     
    Astrophysical Institute of the Canaries (IAC)
    News release

    (from the IAC web site) Huge star streams, resulting from the death of dwarf galaxies, surround the outer regions of two spiral galaxies.

    An international team of astronomers has identified huge star streams in the outskirts of two nearby spiral galaxies. For the first time, they have obtained a panoramic overview of an example of galactic cannibalism similar to that involving the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy in the vicinity of the Milky Way.




    4, April 2008
    Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos
    Public presentation

    Fantasmas de galaxias: el papel del astrónomo amateur en la arqueología galáctica

    Co-presentación con Dr. David Martinez-Delgado
     
    Museum Of Science and the Cosmos
    Ghost galaxies: The role of the amateur astronomer in the Galactic archeology

    Co-presentation with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado




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