Catching the Pleiades

Star clusters are very beautiful to gaze upon, whether it’s seeing them with your naked eye or using optical aid. Some star clusters appear very small, where others appear larger. One of the easiest and brightest star clusters to view is the Pleiades. The Pleiades has been known to many cultures around the world since antiquity, […]

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Spotting the Pinwheel Galaxy

Here in mid-autumn in the northern latitudes, there are some beautiful things to point your telescope at during these extended, chilly nights. Two of our closest galactic neighbors climb higher in the sky in the evening this time of year. While viewing galaxies can be challenging due to light pollution from a city or moonlight, […]

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Uranus at Opposition

Viewing the ice giants of our solar system can be a tricky task. They’re visually small, and quite dim because of their immense distance from Earth. Some times are better than others to catch a glimpse of these elusive worlds. Fortunately, such an opportunity presents itself! On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Uranus will be at […]

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Galaxies of Cetus

The night sky in the summer has many beautiful sights. Headlined by the Milky Way, there are many star clusters and nebulae to be found in the warm summer skies. A downside is that there aren’t too many galaxies that can be seen, since we’re mainly gazing towards the plane and even the center of […]

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Spotting the Whirlpool Galaxy

Finding galaxies in the night sky is a very enjoyable and wonderous experience. Up until the early 1900’s, galaxies were thought to be nebulae, some with a spiral shape. After studies by astronomer Edwin Hubble, it was discovered that these spiral nebulae weren’t nebulae, but distant galaxies similar to our own Milky Way. One of […]

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