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Clusters Nebulae Galaxies

The Hyades.  Copyright Jerry Lodriguss/ AstroPix.com
Tonight | Jan 10, 2015

V-shaped Hyades star cluster easy to find

The Hyades star cluster represents the Face of Taurus the Bull. The cluster is easy to spot and beautiful in binoculars.

Tonight | Dec 26, 2014

Large Magellanic Cloud is spectacular from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere

From tropical or Southern Hemisphere latitudes, the Large Magellanic Cloud is easy to see and spectacular! Look for it in the evening from December to April.

Photo Credit:  Richard Hammar
Tonight | Nov 30, 2014

Triangulum galaxy, aka M33, second-closest spiral galaxy

It’s 2.7 million light-years away, and the third-largest member of our Local Group, after the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies.

Pleiades star cluster, aka the Seven Sisters.
Tonight | Nov 12, 2014

Pleiades star cluster: Famous Seven Sisters

Frosty November is often called the month of the Pleiades, because it’s when this star cluster – sometimes called the Seven Sisters – shines from dusk until dawn.

M8  via ESO/S. Guisard/S. Brunier
Tonight | Aug 26, 2014

Messier 8 is the Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula aka M8 is the largest and brightest of a number of nebulosities in and around Sagittarius.

M17 via the Very Large Telescope
Tonight | Aug 25, 2014

M17 is the Omega Nebula

Barely visible to the unaided eye on a dark, moonless night, the Omega Nebula (Messier 17) is best seen through binoculars, or low power in a telescope.

Trifid Hubble via Hubble Space Telescope
Tonight | Aug 18, 2014

The Trifid Nebula, or M20

The Trifid is a famous summertime binocular object. Its name means “divided into three lobes.” If you view this nebula through a telescope, you’ll see why.

Trifid Nebula, aka M20, by Martin MacPhee
Blogs | Photos | Tonight | Aug 18, 2014

Exploring the Trifid Nebula

It’s a stellar nursery, a cluster of young stars, a bright red emission nebula, a lovely blue reflection nebula, and an interesting dark nebula divided into three …

Photo Credit:  NASA
Tonight | Jul 29, 2014

M11: Wild Duck Cluster

The Wild Duck Cluster (Messier 11) is found in the constellation Scutum the Shield, just south of the Eagle’s Tail in the constellation Aquila. Unless you have eagle eyes, don’t expect to see this distant star cluster with the eye alone. Starting from the star Altair, star-hop to M11’s general location. Then find it with binoculars!

Pillars of Creation 1995, via Hubble
Blogs | Photos | Tonight | Jul 08, 2014

The awesome beauty of M16, the Eagle Nebula

Here is the famous Pillars of Creation photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s one of the features within the Eagle Nebula.