Look­ing for Hub­ble

Sky at Night Magazine - - INTERACTIV­E -

I’m a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer who fell in love with as­tropho­tog­ra­phy about two years ago. On 7–8 March I took part in a Messier Marathon at a small holy mon­u­ment in Is­fa­han Prov­ince, Iran, about 400km south­west of Tehran. Over 150 stargaz­ers at­tended this dusk to dawn com­pe­ti­tion, which is held ev­ery year be­fore the spring equinox – to look for the Messier ob­jects with their tele­scopes – and at around 4.40am the Hub­ble Space Te­le­scope joined us too, pass­ing over­head. It was amaz­ing how NASA joined our com­pe­ti­tion. Omid Ghadr­dan, via email

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