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

"Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe." -Maria Mitchell It's time again for Messier Monday, where we highlight the various wonderous deep-sky objects ... 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

A Sense of Scale Part 2: The Sky is Not the Limit

Upon returning to Earth, we see how beautiful our blue-green planet really is ... to this massive planet and head to the center of our solar system. We reach the bright giver of life at the center of ... 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

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

Messier Monday: A Cluster Beyond Our Galaxy, M79

Today, for Messier Monday, let's take a look at one of the true ... Image credit: AURA, NSF, NOAO. This cluster is loaded with red giant stars, with plenty of blue stragglers lighting the way as well. ... 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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