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Alberio

Alberio, a blue and yellow star.¬† The double star Alberio marks the head of Cygnus, the Swan. It is high in the sky after midnight. You will need a telescope to see the two stars side by side, they are … Continue reading

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M57, the Ring Nebula in Lyra

M57, the Ring Nebula, is a shell of gas surrounding a white dwarf star. The hot white dwarf star radiates ultraviolet light which excites the gases in the shell, causing them to glow in visible light. This image is very … Continue reading

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Messier 64, the Black Eye Galaxy

Finally got a galaxy other than M31 and the Milky Way!¬†To get the object centered, I used the telescope setting circles. I set them on Arcturus, the brightest star in that area. Then I moved the telescope to the catalog … Continue reading

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Saturn – April 30, 2013

200mm f/10, 10mm eyepiece projection¬†single image, 3 sec exposure @ ISO 800. There’s a hint of the Cassini gap in the rings at the sides. Getting a precise focus, a steady moment, and a good exposure only took about 50 … Continue reading

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The sky is falling, and it isn’t snow.

Keep an eye out for shooting stars tonight and tomorrow morning. The Quadrantid meteor shower is at its peak, although subdued by bright moonlight. In the evening, shooting stars race away from the head of Draco, located on the northern … Continue reading

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If it wasn’t snowing….

The moon is still in Pisces tonight, but it has moved to the east and is nearer to Jupiter. Jupiter appears as a bright star below the moon. Look at Jupiter with binoculars, and then look at a bright star … Continue reading

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Early morning viewing of Saturn.

The moon has waned into a crescent in the morning sky, and this morning it is in Virgo, near the planet Saturn. Around 4:00 AM look for the moon and to the upper left, Saturn.

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Can you find Curiosity’s Destination?

The last quarter moon rises around 1:30 this morning, below the stars of Leo. Look to the left of the moon for the reddish planet, Mars. In late November the Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity Rover, began … Continue reading

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Geminid Meteor Shower

The waning gibbous moon rises around 9:30, and will interfere with the peak of the Geminid meteor shower tonight, but you may still see a few bright shooting stars. Let us know how many you see.

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What constellations can you find?

The moon is full tonight, rising in Taurus as the sun sets. It will light the sky, hiding faint stars so that it will be a little easier to pick out constellations. Download our winter star map and take it … Continue reading

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