Wow, almost a week of clear skies – and is more than typical I have had a few early 4 am starts, I drive a Cement mixer so I had to choose between imaging and sleep ( The UK Government has allowed construction work to continue, even though Social Distancing is near imposible in construction, therefore I have not self isolated at home and have had to go to work as the spread of the Covid 19 virus continues apace ). The good news is Friday night was clear so I managed to capture another part of the Rosette nebula mosaic project I’m working on, 26 x 180 seconds exposures in Hydrogen Alpha were used to create this image.
This was combined with the other 3 panes of the mosaic, this will probably be the last addition to this Rosette project till later in the year when the nebula reappears, it is getting darker later and the object lower in the sky, that’s why I only managed to capture 26 images to stack together.
Keep well and stay safe, everyone.
Something not astro imaging related
Some info on Social Distancing from the Government.
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Do not meet others, even friends or family.
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Coronaviruses can be spread when people with the virus have close, sustained contact with people who are not infected. This typically means spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of an infected person, such as talking to someone for instance.
The more you come into contact with the droplets from coughs and sneezes of an infected person, the more likely you are to catch the infection. This is why we ask people who have the infection to self-isolate at home and not to go out and about where they can pass it on.
However, on its own self-isolation may not be enough to slow the spread of a virus.
The Government’s new Coronavirus action plan recognises that as we start to see more cases in the UK, and more widespread community transmission of the virus, further measures to reduce the contact people have with each other may be needed.
These measures, sometimes referred to as “social distancing”, could include things like temporarily reducing socialising in public places such as entertainment or sports events, reducing our use of non-essential public transport or recommending more home working.
Social distancing isn’t a new idea that’s come about because of coronavirus. These measures are well-established and have been discussed and planned for many years, including as part of the Government’s preparations for a flu pandemic.
I’ve worked in construction and not every task on a building site can be carried out by one man, but it’s not only construction, two or three man Recycling and Refuse collection teams travel to and from their ” Rounds ” sat in the front of the collection vehicle.
Social distancing doesn’t work in these cases and thus it seems a portion of the population has been classed as disposable by the UK goverment.