Comet V2 Johnson
Observing

The Night Sky This Month: July 2017

June 28, 2017 James Miller 0

The first real dark skies for the northern hemisphere occur only after about the 11th of July, which offers a perfect opportunity to view the Summer Triangle, an asterism made up of the bright stars […]

Dubhe in Ursa Major
Stars

Star Facts: Dubhe

June 25, 2017 James Miller 0

Despite its “alpha” designation, the orange giant star Dubhe (Alpha Ursae Majoris) with an apparent magnitude of +1.79 is the second-most luminous star in the constellation Ursa Major. It is also the 36th most luminous […]

Deep-Sky Objects: Messier 90
Deep-Sky Objects

Deep-Sky Objects: Messier 90

June 24, 2017 James Miller 0

M90 (NGC 4569) is an intermediate spiral galaxy that contains around a trillion stars, and hosts roughly 1,000 globular star clusters, making it is one of the biggest members of the 2,000 strong group of […]

Beta Cancri
Stars

Star Facts: Al Tarf

June 23, 2017 James Miller 0

Despite its “beta” designation the giant star Al Tarf (Beta Cancri) is the most luminous star in the zodiacal constellation of Cancer, although with an apparent magnitude of just +3.5 it is still a challenging […]

Deep-Sky Objects: Messier 80
Deep-Sky Objects

Deep-Sky Objects: Messier 80

June 17, 2017 James Miller 0

M80 is a massive globular cluster located about 32,600 light years away in the constellation Scorpius, and as globular clusters go, it has been described as being the northern hemispheres’ equivalent of Omega Centauri (NGC […]

Messier 4
Deep-Sky Objects

Deep-Sky Objects: Messier 4

June 16, 2017 James Miller 0

Messier 4 (NGC 6121) is a massive globular cluster in Scorpius that is found in the night sky close to M80, another globular cluster in the same constellation. M4 was discovered by Philippe Loys de […]

Star Facts: Eta Piscium
Stars

Star Facts: Eta Piscium

June 16, 2017 James Miller 0

Eta Piscium, also known as KULLAT NUNU, is a white to yellow giant star located 294 light years from Earth in the zodiacal constellation of Pisces. At magnitude +3.26, it is the brightest star in […]

Sadalsuud Star
Stars

Star Facts: Sadalsuud

June 16, 2017 James Miller 0

Despite its “beta” designation, the star Sadalsuud, also known as Beta Aquarii, is the most luminous star in the constellation Aquarius with an apparent visual magnitude of +2.78. Interestingly, Sadalsuud, and two other intermediate mass […]

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