Katherine Blundell from Oxford just contacted me with a request that I post the following message. I’m more than happy to oblige.
There is a one-off opportunity to buy vintage prints of the original photographic plates of the Palomar All-Sky Survey. Although no longer useful for science (they fell into disuse two decades ago because of modern data digitization) they make rather handsome objets d’art when suitably mounted and framed.
These prints are for sale to raise money for Alexander Thatte’s treatment for leukemia – Alexander is the 5-year old son of two of our colleagues.
The mounted/framed photographs could make very nice Christmas presents. For a small additional payment we can deliver them to you already tastefully gift-wrapped.
A very limited number of photographs have kindly been signed by Jocelyn Bell Burnell – please email us if you wish to request one of these.
Please see http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/skyphoto for an order form and further details. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone whom you think might be interested in purchasing a piece of astronomical history, and helping a child in need.
Katherine & the Astro Grads
I can’t think of a better Christmas gift for an astronomer.
Go on. You know you want to.
If you leave it too late to buy your presents you might end up buying something really naff. Like a paperweight.
Look, I’ve even made it easier for you. Just click the link here.
So now there’s no excuse. Do it. Buy one. Now.