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Messier Monday: A Big, Blue, Bright Baby Cluster, M47

But not M47, which has maybe seven prominent blue stars, a couple of red giants, a larger number of somewhat less bright ... in the vicinity of this cluster. Not bad for such a nearby object! That wra... read more

Messier Monday: The could-be-better cluster, M26

This Messier Monday, we take a look at one of the most common types of deep-sky object in the night sky, an open star cluster, but one that has an ... The westernmost among them is the relatively brig... read more

A weird and lovely spiral for your weird and lovely Monday

I was rather surprised to find that there isn’t much in the professional literature about it; it’s close and bright ... by the brighter blue stars. Usually, the cores of spiral galaxies long ago cease... read more

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The star clusters of Puppis

If Sirius is a jewel or tag on the Big ... blue-white main sequence star. Like many similar red supergiants, KQ fluctuates slightly in brightness, causing the overall magnitude to change between 4.82 ... read more


Messier Monday: The ‘Little Sister’ Cluster, M46

If you draw an imaginary line from Mirzam to Sirius and another from Adhara to Wezen and extend them both, where they meet is approximately where Messier 46 lies. It’s easy to overlook this cluster wh... read more

Messier Monday: The farthest Messier object (for now), M58

Orison Swett Marden Welcome back to another Messier Monday ... cluster’s core, Messier 58! Here’s how to locate it. The key to finding any of the Virgo galaxies is knowing where to begin in the sky. Y... read more

Supermassive black hole seen eating star for the first ever time

At the centre of one of those galaxies, a star twice the size of the Sun came too close to a black hole that is more than 20 million times big as our Sun – and was shredded apart, throwing a blast acr... read more

Hubble in pictures: astronomers' top picks

The images were so large, they had to be printed out on multiple A4 pages, and then stuck together to create a huge black-and-white map of a cluster ... (small, blue, bursting with new stars), how the... read more

Coincidental spirals for your Monday pleasure

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Monday spiral, so here’s a great example of one: the nearby beauty M96. [Click to oooh-and-ahhhhhenate.] There’s some nifty stuff here. M96 is about 36 million ligh... read more

The Sky This Week for February 24 to March 5

The open star clusters M46 and M47 reside about a degree apart in the northwestern corner of the constellation Puppis the Stern. The two lie about 12° east-northeast of the night sky’s brightest star, ... read more



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