Night Sky: Two major meteor showers are on the horizon, and more highlights for December

Dark, clear skies mean great star viewing in December! This is NGC 2237, the Rosette Nebula. It’s a huge emission nebula with a bright star cluster located at the center. The cluster (NGC 2224) was discovered in 1690 by John Flamsteed, but it took over 100 years before the surrounding nebula was identified. The stars […]

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Night Sky: Visible planets, minor meteor showers, and more highlights for February

The Other Orion Nebulae! Last month I showed you the famous Orion Nebula, but the Orion Constellation contains several other spectacular nebulae including the Flame and Horsehead Nebula! Both of these nebulae are actually composed of two distinct objects. In each case, there is an emission nebula that is partially blocked by a dark cloud […]

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