Night Sky: The Globular Clusters are Coming and Other Highlights for May

Wikipedia defines a globular cluster as “a spherical collection of stars that orbit a galactic core, as a satellite.”  Globular clusters are fairly common, and there about 150 globular clusters in the Milky Way. This is Messier 3, a +6.19 magnitude globular cluster that is 33 thousand light years away. M3 was discovered by Charles […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Night Sky: Galaxies, Galaxies Everywhere and Other Highlights for April

The night skies of March were literally filled with great opportunities to view some of my favorite Deep Space Objects (DSO) – galaxies. With very few exceptions, most galaxies are rather far away from us. The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is the Milky Way’s nearest galactic neighbor. It’s only 2.5 million light years away from us. […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Night Sky: The Rosette Nebula and Star Cluster, and Other Highlights for March

  The first thing you might notice about the Rosette Nebula / star cluster is it has a lot of National Galactic Catalog (NGC) numbers associated with it. That’s due to different parts of this object being “discovered” by five different astronomers. The star cluster (visual magnitude +5) was discovered around 1690 by John Flamsteed, […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Night Sky: Geminids Meteor Shower, Visible Planets, and Other Highlights for December

November offered great views of nebulae! This is the Flame (lower left quadrant) and the Horse Head Nebulae (upper right quadrant) and a couple of small reflection nebulae! The main star in this shot is Alnitak.  It’s the easternmost star in Orion’s belt. With a visual magnitude of +1.7, it’s easy to see with the […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article