Night Sky: The Quadrantids meteor shower, the Pleiades star cluster, and other highlights for January

January is a great month for the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula On just about any clear night in January, the Pleiades will be visible in the eastern skies about an hour after sundown. M45, the Pleiades, is probably my favorite star cluster. With a visual magnitude of +1.1, it’s very easy to spot with […]

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Night Sky: Perseid Meteor shower, nebulae views, and more highlights for August

This is M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. The name “Dumbbell” is credited to John Herschel, (son of William Herschel). He thought it looked like the double-headed shot commonly used for hunting, which are called “dumbbells.” M27 is a good target to find with a pair of binoculars. On […]

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