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Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-01-03
| Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
Posted on 04/01/2003 3:45:14 AM PST by petuniasevan
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2003 April 1
A New Constellation Takes Hold
Credit: Hugo E. Schwarz (CTIO), NOAO
Explanation: A new constellation has taken hold of the sky, much to the surprise of many sky gazers. The constellation of Ollie the Owl has suddenly started dominating the southern hemisphere, as shown above. The constellation is taking the place of Wrinkles the Rhinoceros, who was unexpectedly voted off they sky by the other constellations. Happy April Fools day from the folks at APOD! Pictured above, a bird was photographed taking the Tololo All Sky Camera (TASCA) as a perch, a situation that would be even funnier if the bird's talons hadn't scratched the plastic enclosing dome. TASCA continues to monitor the entire night sky as visible from the Cerro Tololo Inter-american Observatory located in Chile. Given the unusual vantage point, one guess is that the bird is a Great Horned Owl, although it is hoped that a properly under-schooled ornithologist can e-mail Dr. Schwarz with the bird's true species.
TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: april; bird; camera; cerrotololo; chile; fools; image; owl; telescope
Happy April Fools' Day!
Back to your regularly scheduled APOD tomorrow!
To: MozartLover; Joan912; NovemberCharlie; snowfox; Dawgsquat; viligantcitizen; theDentist; ...
posted on 04/01/2003 3:50:23 AM PST
(Wonders of the Universe)
Good morning (-:
posted on 04/01/2003 4:21:00 AM PST
(happy April Fool's Day to you too)
posted on 04/01/2003 4:49:01 AM PST
(where is Count Petofi when we need him most?)
Actually, that was pretty good! Thanks.
You wretch, that is funny!
posted on 04/01/2003 7:03:33 AM PST
'Owl' be checking back tomorrow... ;^)
posted on 04/01/2003 9:03:59 AM PST
Thanks for the funny APOD petuniasevan.
posted on 04/01/2003 10:23:30 AM PST
(Note to self: NO FReeping while sleeping!!)
Good one - just be glad there's no "meteor shower".
FYI - here's some astronomy links from our local planetarium
posted on 04/01/2003 10:31:06 AM PST
(God Bless and keep safe our troops.)
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