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Use Pegasus to find Andromeda galaxy

The wonderful Andromeda galaxy! Most distant object we can see with the eye alone. Try using the Great Square of Pegasus to find it in a dark sky.

Mira, from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer

Mira the Wonderful

This star in the constellation Cetus varies in brightness over about 11 months. Its next brightness maximum is due in early 2017.

The constellation Cassiopeia points to the Andromeda galaxy.  To see the galaxy, you need a dark sky.

Use Cassiopeia to find Andromeda galaxy

One half of the W of Cassiopeia is more deeply notched than the other half. This deeper V is your “arrow” in the sky, pointing to the Andromeda galaxy.

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Summer Triangle in northern autumn

The Summer Triangle is made up of the three brilliant stars Vega, Deneb and Altair. Look for it this evening in your western sky.

Triangulum galaxy - aka M33 - via the VLT Survey Telescope at European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Messier 33 is the 2nd-closest spiral galaxy

Triangulum galaxy, aka Messier 33. is 2.7 million light-years away, and the third-largest member of our Local Group, after the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies.

Watch for the moon to be in Jupiter's vicinity for several mornings, centered on November 26. Read more

See moon and Jupiter before sunup

The moon has been taking aim on Jupiter for several mornings. On November 25, they’re closest for the Americas … beautiful as seen from around the world.

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Mercury and Saturn, moon and Jupiter

Mercury and Saturn are in conjunction on November 23, but hard to spot in the sunset glow. On the mornings of November 24 and 25, the moon appears near Jupiter before dawn.

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A famous variable star in Cepheus

With clock-like precision, the star Delta Cephei doubles in brightness every 5.36 days. You can notice this brightness change with the eye alone.

The moon was almost exactly at last quarter when Jenney Disimon in Sabah, North Borneo captured this photo on July 27, 2016 (5:30 a.m. local time, or July 26 at 21:30 UTC).

Last quarter moon on November 21

Fun time to see a last quarter moon: just after it rises, shortly after midnight. Then the lighted portion points downward, to the sun below your feet.

09nov27

Orion the Hunter now easy to view

You can identify the constellation Orion the Hunter easily! Its most recognizable feature is a short, straight line of three medium-bright stars.