Do the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds need new names?

Should the Magellanic Clouds be renamed? These 2 satellite galaxies of the Milky Way were originally named for Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer.

Andromeda galaxy: All you need to know

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way. At 2.5 million light-years, it's the most distant thing you can see with the eye alone.

The Great Rift is a dark swath in the Milky Way

The Great Rift or Dark Rift is a darkened swath of the Milky Way where new stars are forming. It's best seen from a rural location away from light pollution.

Explore the Lagoon Nebula, M8, in Sagittarius

The Lagoon Nebula, or Messier 8, is a large emission nebula in the constellation Sagittarius that observers can explore with binoculars.

The Wild Duck Cluster, M11, a lovely open cluster in Scutum

The Wild Duck Cluster, also known as M11, is an open star cluster in the constellation Scutum that appears best through binoculars or a telescope.

Find M4: An easy to spot globular cluster near Antares

Find M4, one of the easiest globular star for beginners to spot, located just next to reddish Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius the Scorpion.

The Omega Nebula is a star-forming region

The Omega Nebula, also known as the Swan Nebula or M17, is visible through binoculars and glorious through a telescope. Here's how to find it.

M5, your new favorite globular star cluster

M5 in Serpens Caput is a refreshing sight through a small telescope, as thousands of stars cluster together into a tightly packed ball of this globular cluster.

Omega Centauri is the Milky Way’s largest star cluster

Omega Centauri is the Milky Way's largest globular star cluster and contains about 10 million stars. It's even visible from parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

The Coma Berenices galaxy cluster, best in April and May

Myriads of galaxies, visible only to those with telescopes, shine among the stars of the constellation Coma Berenices. This is the distant Coma Berenices galaxy cluster.