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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Wonderful Night for Stargazing

A great stargazing night for me was on October 1st starting at approximately 11:30 P.M., and I'll tell you why! For one thing, I discovered, through my Galileo brand telescope, a few of Jupiter's Galilean moons! One moon was to the left of Jupiter, and two others were to the right; the other Galilean moon must have been either in front or behind. I also spotted at least one binary star and maybe even a few galaxies/nebulae, but they weren't very defined; they were located along or near the Milky Way band. One of my favorite astronomical marvels, since it is very simple to find due to its high magnitude, is the open star cluster Pleiades. Located in the constellation Taurus, the Pleiades are known for seven dominantly bright stars with a blue hue. From where I was located, I easily spotted the constellations of Aries, Andromeda, Auriga, Cassiopeia, Triangulum, and of course others without knowing it! Until I post again, keep stargazing!

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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