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