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.


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.