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Saturday, July 2, 2011

July Sights in the Night Sky

Certain constellations, like Monoceros and Orion, are out of the Northern Hemisphere night skies during Summer. This leaves room for the 'Summer' constellations and the remarkable sights that come with them!

Some of the constellations that are now visible
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Northern Sky: Andromeda, Cygnus, Coma Berenices, Lacerta, Pegasus
Southern Sky: Aquarius, Aquila, Capricornus, Corona Borealis, Delphinus, Pisces, Sagitta, Sagittarius, Scorpius
These are some of the galaxies, nebulae, etc. that are now visible in the constellations mentioned above
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>>> Northern Sky: Andromeda - Andromeda Galaxy, open star cluster NGC 752, planetary nebula NGC 7662 (Blue Snowball Nebula); Cygnus - a plethora of star clusters and nebulae; Coma Berenices - M64 (Blackeye Galaxy), lots of globular star clusters and other galaxies; Lacerta - 2 globular star clusters (NGC 7243 & NGC 7209); Pegasus - several galaxies, glob. star cluster M15, Stephan's Quintet (group of 5 galaxies).
>>> Southern Sky: Aquarius - a few nebulae (NGC 7293 - Helix Neb. & NGC 7009 - Saturn Nebula), a little bit of everything (galaxies, star clusters, etc.); Aquila - star clusters & planetary nebulae; Capricornus - wide-spiral galaxy NGC 6907; Corona Bor. - many double stars; Delphinus - couple of glob. star clusters, NGC 6891 (plan. nebula); Pisces - a few galaxies; Sagitta - a few star clusters; Sagittarius - many star clusters & nebulae [including M20 (Trifid Nebula), M24 (Sagittarius Star Cloud), etc.]; Scorpius - many open & globular star clusters, M7 being the largest open star cluster.
* Reference used to determine the 'summer sights': Garlick, Mark A., and Tirion Wil. The Illustrated Atlas of the Universe. Weldon Owen Inc., 2006.

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Blog Background

The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage: Hubblesite.org/categories/images.

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula