Sky Object(s) of the Month

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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Sky Object of the Month – March 2016

Sky Object of the Month – March 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 2392 “Eskimo Nebula” – Planetary Nebula in Gemini (Magnitude – 9.2, Dimensions – 47’ X 43’) NGC 2392, the Eskimo Nebula is a bright planetary nebula located in Gemini halfway between the stars Kappa () and Lambda () Geminorum and near the […]

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Sky Object of the Month – January 2016

Sky Object of the Month – January 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Messier 78 – Diffuse Reflection Nebula in Orion (Magnitude 8.3, Dimensions 8’ X 6’) M78, Orion’s “other” Messier nebula, has the distinction of being brightest diffuse reflection nebula (one whose light comes from nearby or embedded stars) in the sky. M42 and similar […]

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Sky Object of the Month – December 2015

Sky Object of the Month – December 2015 Messier 52 – Open Cluster in Cassiopeia by Glenn Chaple If you’re a fancier of open star clusters, Cassiopeia is the place to be. Among the best of the Queen’s numerous open cluster offerings of is Messier 52. In binoculars and finderscopes, M52 appears as a fuzzy […]

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Sky Object of the Month – November 2015 NGC 7009 (Saturn Nebula)

Sky Object of the Month – November 2015 NGC 7009 (Saturn Nebula) – Planetary Nebula in Aquarius by Glenn Chaple An entry in my astronomy logbook dated October 6, 1977 reads, “I finally notched a real stinker!” No, it wasn’t one of the skunks that occasionally stroll across my back yard while I’m outside observing. […]

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