Sky Object(s) of the Month

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Sky Object of the Month – August 2016

  Sky Object of the Month – August 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Chaple’s Arc/Fairy Ring–Asterism in Cygnus (Magnitude 7, Size 22’)   This striking arc-shaped arrangement of four double stars was found by amateur astronomer Glenn Chaple during a search for the pair h1470 (one of the four) with a 3-inch reflecting telescope. He […]

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Sky Object of the Month – July 2016

Sky Object of the Month – July 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M92–Globular Cluster in Hercules (Magnitude 6.5, Size 14’)            This month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge takes us to the “other” Messier globular in Hercules. Overlooked in favor of the brighter and easier to find M13, M92 is a noble object in its own right. […]

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Sky Object of the Month – June 2016

  Sky Object of the Month – June 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Messier 5 – Globular Cluster in Serpens Caput (Magnitude – 6.2, Dimension – 17’) “Beautiful nebula discovered between Libra and Serpens, close to the sixth-magnitude star Flamsteed 5 Serpentis.” Charles Messier (1764) “This superb object is a noble mass, refreshing to the […]

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Sky Object of the Month – May 2016

Sky Object of the Month – May 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M100–Galaxy in Coma Berenices(Magnitude – 9.5, Dimensions – 7 X 6) M100 was discovered, along with M98 and M99, by Pierre Mechain on March 15, 1781 and catalogued by Messier the following month. Though relatively bright in magnitude, M100 is low in surface […]

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Sky Object of the Month – April 2016

Sky Object of the Month – April 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 3077– Peculiar Irregular Galaxy in Ursa Major (Magnitude – 9.9, Dimensions – 5.5’ X 4.0’) NGC 3077 is a small member of the M81 Group, visible in the same low power field as M81 and M82. It was discovered by William Herschel […]

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