Amateur Astronomer Snaps Historic Photo Of Another Galaxy | Fox News

This is the power of a technological revolution.

A New Zealand man was Monday being hailed as the first amateur photographer to capture an image of another solar system, after he photographed the star Beta Pictoris using a 10-inch 25cm telescope at his home in Auckland.Rolf Olsen, who moved to New Zealand in 2003 from Denmark, put the photograph on his website, sparking congratulations and amazement from members of the scientific community around the world.”I realized it was a special thing but I didn’t realize it would generate such a stir,” Olsen, who lives in Titirangi west of central Auckland, told news website

via Amateur Astronomer Snaps Historic Photo Of Another Galaxy | Fox News.

via @SteveMartinToGo on Twitter. Yes, Steve Martin is a) on Twitter and b) apparently at least links Fox News.

I enjoyed the unlikely caption under the photo:


  1. I was going to comment that I think Steve Martin’s interest in this piece revolved around the erroneous substitution of “solar system” with “galaxy” (and the foolish caption above.

    But then I saw those Fox editors owned up to their mistakes:

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The headline for an earlier version of this story incorrectly described Olsen’s photo as a “galaxy.” The error was brought to the attention of by famed comedian, actor and author Steve Martin — who obviously recognizes a good story when he reads it — and we have corrected the headline.

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