Crescent Moon with Earthshine
Observing

The Night Sky This Month: April 2016

March 31, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Constellations The winter constellations are beginning to gradually move off the western horizon to be replaced by their spring counterparts. This month, Orion, Canis Major, Gemini, Taurus and Auriga now linger in the sky for […]

Star Constellations & Brightest Stars
Star Constellations

Star Constellations & Brightest Stars

March 20, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

The night sky’s twenty-two brightest 1st magnitude stars are shown above, while the following table provides information on the 88 recognized constellations, together with details on their location, size, and brightest star.

Star Facts: Bellatrix
Stars

Star Facts: Bellatrix

March 15, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Bellatrix (“female warrior”) is a bluish-white giant star located 250 light years away in the constellation of Orion, where it marks the giant’s western “shoulder”. It is the 3rd brightest star in Orion, with an […]

Star Facts: Achernar
Stars

Star Facts: Achernar

March 8, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Achernar (Alpha Eridani) is the most luminous star in the constellation Eridanus, marking the southern termination of the River, and is the 9th most luminous star in the entire night sky. Being a hot, blue […]

Star Constellation Facts: Lyra
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Lyra

March 8, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Lyra (“the Lyre”) is one of the smaller constellations, taking up an area of just 286 sq/deg of the northern sky between latitudes +90 and -40 degrees. It does, however, contains the 5th brightest star […]

Star Constellation Facts: Cygnus
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Cygnus

March 8, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Cygnus is a familiar northern constellation with its brightest star, Deneb, marking the tail of the swan it depicts. This beautiful blue supergiant also forms part of the Summer Triangle, together with Aquila in Altair, […]

Star Facts: Vega
Stars

Star Facts: Vega

March 3, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Vega (Alpha Lyrae) is a beautiful bluish-white star located 25 light-years away in the constellation of Lyra. In addition to being the fifth brightest star in the night sky, it has other claims to fame, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Cetus
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Cetus

March 3, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Cetus, the “Sea Monster”, is the fourth biggest constellation taking up 3% of the night sky, and is best observed in winter by observers located between latitudes of +70° and -90°. The constellation contains only […]