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Sky Object of the Month – June 2017

Sky Object of the Month – June 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 6015 – Draco (Mag. 11.1; Size 5.4’ X 2.3’)             This month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge, the spiral galaxy NGC 6015 in Draco, was discovered by William Herschel on the evening of June 2, 1788.  Herschel catalogued each […]

Sky Object of the Month – May 2017

  Sky Object of the Month – May 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M98 (NGC 4192 – Galaxy in Coma Berenices (Mag. 10.1; Size 9.8’ X 2.8’)             Spring is galaxy season, with the Virgo Galaxy Cluster well-placed in the evening sky after sunset. The cluster is home to over a dozen Messier objects, including […]

Sky Object of the Month – April 2017

Sky Object of the Month – April 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 3395-96 – Interacting Galaxies in Leo Minor (Mags. 12.1/12.2; Sizes 1.9’ X 1.2’/ 2.8’ X 1.2’) This month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge is a true challenge. NGC 3395 and NGC 3596 are interacting galaxies (catalogued as Arp 270 in Halton Arp’s Atlas of […]

Sky Object of the Month – March 2017

Sky Object of the Month – March 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M67 (NGC 2682) – Open Cluster in Cancer (Mag. 6.9; Size 25’)  Cancer is home to a pair of Messier open clusters. The first, M44, is the large naked eye group that became one of Galileo’s first telescopic targets. The second, M67, is […]

Sky Object of the Month – February 2017

Sky Object of the Month – February 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) h3945 – Double Star in Canis Major (Mags. 5.0 + 5.8; Sep. 26.4”; P.A. 52o (2008) What is the most colorful double star in the night sky? Most amateur astronomers would vote for Albireo (beta [b] Cygni. Others might cite gamma (g) Andromedae, iota […]

Sky Object of the Month – January 2017

Sky Object of the Month – January 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 1545 – Open Cluster in Perseus (Mag. 6.2; Size 12’)            In the northeast corner of Perseus is the beautiful open cluster NGC 1528. This is not the January, 2017, Observer’s Challenge object, but it’s worth starting here before […]

Sky Object of the Month – December 2016

Sky Object of the Month – December 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M74 – Spiral Galaxy in Pisces (Mag. 9.4; Size 10’) For backyard astronomers who tackle the annual Messier Marathon, M74 is a serious stumbling block. Even in December, when Pisces rides high in the south when evening darkness has set in, this face-on […]

Sky Object of the Month – November 2016

Sky Object of the Month – November 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 206 – Star Cloud in Andromeda Galaxy NGC 206 is an enormous star cloud located in the southwest part of the Andromeda Galaxy. In 1786, it was observed as a separate entity by William Herschel, who catalogued it as H V.36 (the […]

Sky Object of the Month – October 2016

Sky Object of the Month – October 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 7479 – Barred Spiral Galaxy in Pegasus (Mag 11.0, Size 4’ X 3’)             NGC 7479 (the 44th entry in Patrick Moore’s Caldwell Catalog) is a barred spiral galaxy located in the southwest corner of Pegasus. The accompanying finder chart shows its […]

Sky Object of the Month – September 2016

  Sky Object of the Month – September 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 7009 “Saturn Nebula” –Planetary Nebula in Aquarius (Mag 8.0, Size 20”)   Discovered in 1782 by William Herschel, NGC 7009 (the “Saturn Nebula”) is located a little over one degree west of the 4.5 magnitude star nu (n) Aquarii and just […]

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