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Night Sky

The Night Sky This Month: April 2017

March 29, 2017 James Miller 0

As the winter constellations gradually start disappearing off the western horizon, their spring counterparts have started rising to prominence in the night sky. Three such constellations can easily be observed in the northern sky during […]

Constellation of Ara
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Ara

March 25, 2017 James Miller 0

Ara (“the altar”) is a small, faint constellation that is the southernmost of the 48 listed by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his 2nd century astronomical treatise called Almagest. The origin of this southern hemisphere […]

Constellation of Vela
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Vela

March 21, 2017 James Miller 0

Vela (“the sails”) lies in the southern celestial sphere, and is one of three constellations created from an ancient constellation called Argo Navis, which depicted the ship of Jason and the Argonauts, the others being […]

Orion Molecular Cloud Complex
Astronomy Lists

10 Interesting Orion Nebula Facts

March 20, 2017 James Miller 0

Most people mistake the Orion Nebula for a star in the constellation of Orion, but it is actually the most easily detectable naked-eye nebula in the entire night sky. This magnificent star-forming region is also […]

Star Constellation Facts: Sculptor
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Sculptor

March 19, 2017 James Miller 0

Sculptor is a faint southern sky constellation that was created by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille from his observatory in South Africa during the 18th century. Its brightest star, Alpha Sculptoris, is a blue-white […]

Andromeda Galaxy
Astronomy Lists

15 Interesting Andromeda Galaxy Facts (M31)

March 16, 2017 James Miller 0

Andromeda is also called Messier 31, or M31 for short, after French astronomer Charles Messier, who cataloged about 100 stellar objects in 1771. M31 is considerably larger than our own galaxy, being approximately 260,000 light-years […]

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