Archive For The “Celestial Objects” Category

Star Count 2019

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Star Count 2019

Are you going to get involved in Star Count 2019? It has been a few years since the Campaign to Protect Rural England ran a national census of the sky darkness. The Survey is open to all and runs between 2nd and 23rd February. Due to the Moon, it is best to have your count…

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Mars and Jupiter in conjunction 7th Jan

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Mars and Jupiter in conjunction 7th Jan

On the morning of Sunday 7th January as Mars scoots around the Sun, it will from our point of view pass very close to Jupiter and its moons. So close that with a low power lens in your telescope you’ll be able to see both in the same field of view perhaps less than 15′…

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Finding Messier objects

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Finding Messier objects

The sky is a big and so finding a faint object even as large as the Full Moon can be a challenge. With a little preparation though, you can find objects time after time even if your memory isn’t exactly encyclopedic. So to being with, whilst still in the warmth of your home, install Stellarium…

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Eridanus

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Eridanus

  Meaning: The River Print out the star map from Sky and Telescope Things to look for: Witch Head Nebula NGC1909   Messier objects: None Note: [x.x] indicates visual magnitude Pronunciation: air uh day’ nus Associated Asterisms: None % of the sky: 2.76 Visible Stars: 79 stars brighter than magnitude 5.5 You may have looked…

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Monoceros

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Monoceros

  Meaning: The Unicorn Print out the star map from Sky and Telescope Things to look for: Rosette Nebula NGC 2244 Plaskett’s Star Hubble’s Variable Nebula Christmas Tree Cluster NGC 2264 Messier objects: M50 [] Note: [x.x] indicates visual magnitude Pronunciation: mon oss’ sir us Associated Asterisms: None % of the sky: 1.67 Visible Stars:…

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Lynx

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Lynx

  Meaning: The Lynx Print out the star map from Sky and Telescope Things to look for: NGC2419 Globular Cluster Messier objects: None Note: [x.x] indicates visual magnitude Pronunciation: links Associated Asterisms: None % of the sky: 1.32 Visible Stars: 31 stars brighter than magnitude 5.5 The final (almost) circumpolar constellation visible to the UK…

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Camelopardalis

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Camelopardalis

  Meaning: The Giraffe Print out the star map from Sky and Telescope Things to look for: IC342 [9.1] The Hidden Galaxy Messier objects: None Note: [x.x] indicates visual magnitude Pronunciation: kam uh low par’ dah liss Associated Asterisms: None % of the sky: 1.835 Visible Stars: 45 stars brighter than magnitude 5.5 Camelopardalis is…

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