NGC 2359 (Thor’s Helmet)
Deep-Sky Objects

Deep-Sky Objects in Canis Major

November 18, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Canis Major may be only the 43rd biggest of the 88 recognized constellations, but it does have the distinction of containing the night sky’s most luminous star, Sirius, a double star situated 8.6 light years […]

Omega Centauri Stars
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Deep-Sky Objects: Omega Centauri

November 7, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

In the second century, Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) situated in the constellation of Centaurus was described by Ptolemy in his astronomical treatise called Almagest as “a star on a horse’s back”. By 1826, however, Scottish […]

M52 and Bubble Nebula
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Deep-Sky Objects in Cassiopeia

November 4, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Cassiopeia is the 25th largest of the 88 recognized constellations, taking up an area of 598 square degrees of the northern sky. The brightest star in the constellation is Schedar (Alpha Cassiopeiae), a magnitude 2.24 […]

Terzan 5
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Deep-Sky Objects in Sagittarius

October 27, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Sagittarius is the 15th biggest of the 88 recognized constellations and the 5th biggest of the zodiac constellations, taking up an area of 867 square degrees of the southern sky. The brightest star in the […]

Messier 4
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Deep-Sky Objects in Scorpius

October 26, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Scorpius is the 33rd biggest of the 88 recognized constellations, and the 9th largest of the zodiacal constellations, taking up an area of 497 square degrees between of the southern sky. The brightest star in […]

NGC 5897
Deep-Sky Objects

Deep-Sky Objects in Libra

October 24, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Libra is the 29th biggest of the 88 recognized constellations, and the 7th largest of the zodiacal constellations, taking up an area of 538 square degrees of the southern sky. It is also the only […]

Virgo Cluster of Galaxies
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Deep-Sky Objects in Virgo

October 23, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Virgo is the 2nd largest of the 88 recognized constellations, and the biggest of the zodiacal constellations, taking up an area of 1,294.43 square degrees of the southern celestial sky. The brightest star in Virgo […]

Leo Triplet Group
Deep-Sky Objects

Deep-Sky Objects in Leo

October 19, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Leo is the 12th biggest of the 88 recognized constellations, and the 3rd biggest zodiacal constellations, taking up an area of 947 square degrees of the northern celestial hemisphere. The brightest star in Leo is […]

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