Posted by Bruce McClure in Astronomy Essentials | Clusters Nebulae Galaxies|4 weeks ago
The Orion Nebula is a place where new stars are being born. It can be glimpsed with the eye alone … and is even more noticeable with binoculars. How to find it in your sky tonight. Plus … the science of this star factory in space.
Posted by Bruce McClure in Astronomy Essentials | Clusters Nebulae Galaxies|4 months ago
The Trifid is another famous binocular object, visible in the direction toward the galaxy’s center. Its name means “divided into three lobes.” If you view this nebula through a telescope, you’ll see why.
Posted by Deborah Byrd in Astronomy Essentials | Clusters Nebulae Galaxies|5 months ago
If you’ve never found a deep-sky object on your own before, M4 – a globular star cluster, one of the nearest to our solar system – is a grand place to start. It’s near the bright red star Antares in the easy-to-spot constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. To spot it, you’ll need a dark sky.
Posted by Larry Sessions in Astronomy Essentials | Clusters Nebulae Galaxies|1 year ago
The Large Magellanic Cloud, which is visible to the unaided human eye, might look like a small, faint bit of the Milky Way that’s broken off. But really it’s a separate small galaxy, thought to be orbiting our larger Milky Way.