Sunday, 21 June 2009

Spaceguard in Powys

I have long extolled the virtues of the clear skies, unaffected by light pollution, in central Wales. Here is visible proof: the telescope designed for spotting asteroids with near-Earth orbits is being moved from Cambridge to Knighton.

The fact that local MP, Lembit Öpik, grandson of an astronomer, has been the most prominent advocate of detecting objects on a collision course with Earth and devising a plan for dealing with any which are found, is surely coincidental.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you are aware that there's no coincidence between the latitude of Cambridge and the latitude of Knighton both being 52º 22" North?

Frank H Little said...

That fact had escaped me, actually.