Sure, M13, the Great Hercules cluster is wonderful. But some amateur astronomers say this cluster, M5, is even better. How to find it in your sky.
Many stargazers call it the finest globular cluster in the northern half of the heavens. It’s M13, also known as the Great Cluster in Hercules.
On a dark night, look for it as a smudge of light, with 3 times the moon’s diameter. It’s really a wondrous cluster of stars called the Beehive, or M44.
Everything you need to know about the Orion Nebula. How to find it in your sky tonight. Plus … the science of this star factory in space.
You need to be in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere to see the Small Magellanic Cloud. It looks like a luminous cloud, but it’s really a dwarf galaxy, orbiting our Milky Way.
The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus is a breathtaking pair of star clusters, each containing supergiant suns. How to find it in your sky.
The Eagle Nebula – aka Messier 16 or M16 – is home to several famous structures, including the Pillars of Creation and the Stellar Spire.
If you have a dark sky, look for them. They may well be the finest star clusters visible at this time of year.
All globular star clusters are impressive, but Omega Centauri’s in a class by itself. Sparkling with 10 million stars, it’s the Milky Way’s largest globular.
The Crab Nebula, about 6,500 light years from Earth, is the scattered fragments of a supernova, or exploding star, observed by earthly skywatchers in the year 1054.
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