Last Thursday 24th November I conducted an outreach exercise while supporting astronomical observations at the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). Using the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) Twitter account I asked people to chose one of 4 given object located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) to be observed at the telescope with the new CACTI camera while we were changing gratings of the scientific instrument, the spectrograph AAOmega. I’ve called the experiment “LMC Little Gems using CACTI”.
We got 193 votes, thank you to all of you who voted and also shared the post! It was quite exciting, particularly the last 30 minutes when, thanks to some of the best science communicators in Spain (and friends), we got +50 votes!
Well, here are the results:
Cluster + nebula NGC 1949: 22%
Globular cluster NGC 2121: 13%
Supernova remnant NGC 2018: 34%
Cluster + nebula NGC 1850: 31%
I must say my favorite was NGC 1949, but NGC 2018 was also a nice choice.
And the final color image of the object you chose to observe at the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope is:
NGC 2018, a supernova remnant in the LMC Data taken on 24 November 2016 as part of the AAO Outreach Exercise ...