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.
Near M16 on the sky’s dome is M17, or Messier 17 – aka the Omega Nebula – visible through binoculars and glorious in a low power telescope.
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.
Look for a fuzzy object near bright Antares. It’s M4, one of the closest globular star clusters to Earth.
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.
The Lagoon Nebula aka M8 is the largest and brightest of a number of nebulosities in and around Sagittarius.
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.
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