Meteor Shower spotting in Bletchley

The Perseid meteor shower, taken by Paul Hyde & British Astronomical Association Radio Group
The Perseid meteor shower, taken by Paul Hyde & British Astronomical Association Radio Group

Astronomers and computing enthusiasts joined together at The National Museum of Computing at the weekend for a spot of stars, planets and Perseid meteor shower spotting, in broad daylight.

The museum had invited visitors to star gaze in daylight, and there were plenty of cloud free opportunities over the course of the event.

“At TNMOC on Sunday, we used Radio Astronomy together with modern computer techniques to watch many individual events from the Perseid metoeor shower,” said Sheridan Williams, a TNMOC tour guide and a Fellow and a Director of the Royal Astronomical Association.

“Using computers and free software we can now combine thousands of digital video images – the clarity is startling,”

“Today we can get better photos in Milton Keynes light-polluted skies using computerised amateur telescopes than we could with the largest Mount Palomar Telescope of the 1970s,” he added.