The Double Cluster, or Caldwell 14, is the name for two open clusters – NGC 869 and NGC 884 – located close together in Perseus constellation. Also known as h Persei and χ Persei (h and Chi Persei), the clusters both lie at an approximate distance of 7,600 light years from Earth and are about … [Read more…]
The Perseid meteor shower is an annual meteor shower that occurs from July 23 to August 20. The meteor shower is associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. It peaks around August 12-13 every year. The Perseids are also sometimes called the “tears of St. Lawrence” because they peak near the date of the saint’s martyrdom, August … [Read more…]
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in December: 5:30 PM southwestern sky – Venus hanging low in the sky after sunset 8 PM eastern sky – Jupiter hovering over the horizon and climbing higher later in the evening 8 PM northeastern sky – the constellations Perseus with the open star cluster … [Read more…]
Here are the highlights of the night sky in August: 8:30 PM western sky – Venus over the western horizon at twilight, and Saturn slightly higher in the sky, moving toward the western horizon in the evening 10 PM southeastern sky – Lyra constellation with the bright stars Vega and Epsilon Lyrae (the Double Double), … [Read more…]
NGC 1277 is a lenticular galaxy located in Perseus constellation. It lies at a distance of about 220 million light years from Earth. The galaxy has an apparent visual magnitude of 14.7. It is notable for having an extremely heavy supermassive black hole at its centre, one of the largest black holes ever found.
The Hubblesite Channel has posted the guide to the highlights of the December sky. Here are some of the things to look out for: PLANETS: around 6 PM, Mars appears low on the horizon in the western sky at 7 PM, Jupiter appears above the horizon in the east around 6:30 am, before sunrise, Venus … [Read more…]