Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hubble lets you vote on science project

The Hubble Space Telescope is holding a competition to let the public decide on a future observing mission. There are six targets under consideration.

I had assumed anything was up for observation, in which I was going to start a campaign for Mrk 205, and maybe get this red-shift controversy finally put to bed.

Since that isn't an option, you can choose between a nebula, two planetary nebulae, two galaxies and a pair of interacting galaxies. I've seen NGC 40 with my own eyes, so I rejected that. I decided on NGC 6072, a planetary nebula I have not personally observed.