Archive for April 19, 2013

NGC 4579

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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Todays picture from Harvard NASA telescope

NGC 4579 (also known as M58) is a barred spiral galaxy located within the constellation Virgo, approximately 68 million light-years away from Earth. It is one of the brightest galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.

A close up view of NGC 4579

More Grey Squirrels

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Natural History



Final day on South coast and as the winds were coming from the north overnight there is likely to be little chance of migrants and so I decide to do something slightly different today. The Purple Sandpiper is a bird rarely found in the South of England but which has one or two predictable roosts to which they continually return. One of these is in Southsea in the neighboring county of Hampshire (I have read it is the only roost on the entire south coast of England.) So its off over to Southsea to see if there are any still left on the roost as it is a winter visitor to England. Its a long journey (nearly 2 hours) and so it is with some trepidation I approach the roost site. It will have been a long journey there and back if there are none left. I needn’t have worried as within a few minutes of my arrival a party of 6 fly onto the rocks in front of me. I soon locate another party of 5 further along on the rocks. There are also 3 Wheatears on the shoreline but little else. On the return journey to my base in Sussex I see a Little Egret in a field, but it has not been a day for high species counts just some excellent sightings (and hopefully some excellent photos) of a very special bird.

Day Species count: 23

Trip species count:74