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Venus, Jupiter, and Regulus.  Credit: Stellarium software.

The Venus and Jupiter Show

For those of you who rarely stop to notice the night sky, you might want to take a few moments tonight. The planets Venus and Jupiter will be very close together in the Western sky just after sunset. You will see Venus first as it is the brighter of the two now. Shortly thereafter you […]

Summer Object – Mizar and Alcor

This post describes the stars Mizar and Alcor as part of our series of interesting objects to observe with binoculars or a small telescopes.  For information about this series please see our feature, “Summer Observing List“. Mizar and Alcor Mizar and Alcor are an easy pair to find, but there is much more going on […]

Ring Nebula from Hubble.  Credit NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), and D. Thompson (Large Binocular Telescope Observatory)

Summer Object – The Ring Nebula

This post describes the Ring Nebula as part of our series of interesting objects to observe with binoculars or a small telescopes.  For information about this series please see our feature, “Summer Observing List“. The Ring Nebula Also known as M57 in the Messier Catalog and as NGC6720 in the New General Catalog, the Ring […]

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Spiral Galaxy and The Messier Catalog

An image of a Spiral Galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici from one of our favorite sites, APOD (Astronomy Picture Of the Day). This galaxy is Messier Object 106. French astronomer Charles Messier was a comet hunter who identified over 100 objects that resembled comets but were not. He created a catalogue of these objects […]