Monday, October 3, 2022

Charlestown Observatory’s new telescope attracts large audience

Scott McNeill, director of the Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center, and the new 24-inch plainwave CDK 600 telescope, which collects images of galaxies between 55 million and 80 million light-years away.

From a dark corner of Charlestown, not far from the ocean, the view reaches millions of light years into space.

Frosty Drew Observatory and Sky Theatre’s new planewave CDK 600 telescope has already provided images of galaxies between 55 million and more than 80 million light-years away from Earth.

The 24-inch telescope was installed in October, and the observatory plans to “open the door to Tomorrowland to the Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center, guaranteeing not only our leadership in astronomical observation in the region, but also giving us adventure science.” enables us to take steps forward.”

“This is the best telescope in Rhode Island that is accessible to the public,” said observatory director Scott McNeill.

for stargazers, Rhode Island offers four observatories, with other options too

The telescope is available for use by the public on most Friday nights, weather-permitting, and during special events. The observatory is also posting pictures from the telescope on its website.

In the images is a picture of the Messier 109 galaxy, which is more than 80 million light-years away. According to SPACE.com, a light year is the distance that a beam of light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles.

This image of the Messier 109 galaxy was captured with Frosty Drew Observatory's new 24-inch planewave CDK 600 telescope.  According to observatory director Scott McNeill, the galaxy is 80 million light-years away from Earth and contains more than 1 trillion stars.

Messier 109 is a barred spiral galaxy found in the constellation Ursa Major, located “right just below the lower left star in the Big Dipper Cup,” McNeill wrote in the caption accompanying the photo. The galaxy contains upwards of 1 trillion stars and has a diameter of 180,000 light years.

Funded by a $107,541 grant from the Champlin Foundation, the new telescope became fully operational in late February, and the “reaction from the public has been spectacular,” according to McNeill.

Watch:Watch the video on telescope installation on Frosty Drew’s YouTube page

The period from February to May is generally a quiet time for public interest in the observatory, but “we have seen a steady increase of visitors to experience the universe at the new telescope on Friday nights,” he says. it is said.

The Messier 100 spiral galaxy, captured by Frosty Drew's new telescope, is about 56 million light-years away.  According to NASA, there are many small black holes in the arms of the spiral galaxy.

The telescope replaced the 16-inch Mead LX200 EMC SCT which had served as the observatory’s primary telescope for 21 years.

“Everyone is asking/flying about the new telescope,” McNeil wrote in an email. “A big response we see that differs from other binoculars is how interested people are when we move the telescope. It’s huge, moves very fast, and is completely silent.”

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