Antares, also known as Alpha Scorpii or Cor Scorpii, is the brightest star in Scorpius and the 15th brightest star in the night sky. Antares is a class M red supergiant marking the heart of the celestial scorpion. It lies at a distance of 550 light years from Earth. The star is often confused for … [Read more…]
Orion’s Belt is one of the most familiar asterisms in the night sky, along with the Big Dipper and the Southern Cross. It is formed by three massive, bright stars located in our galaxy, in the direction of the constellation Orion, the Hunter: Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka. Two of the three stars are supergiants.
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in January: 6 PM eastern sky – Jupiter rises in the sky at sunset – on January 5 it is at opposition, which means that this is the best time to observe the planet as it is closest to Earth 10 PM northwestern sky – … [Read more…]
The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters or Messier 45, is a famous open star cluster located in Taurus constellation. The brightest stars in the cluster represent the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters in Greek mythology, and their parents, the nymph Pleione and the Titan Atlas. Messier 45 is one of the nearest star clusters … [Read more…]
The Crab Nebula, also known as Messier 1 and Taurus A, is a supernova remnant located in the direction of Taurus constellation. The nebula lies at an approximate distance of 6,500 light years from Earth. It is an expanding remnant of a star that exploded in a supernova event which was observed by Chinese astronomers … [Read more…]
Here are the highlights of the sky in January: 7 PM – Jupiter rises high in the southeastern sky after sunset 10 PM – the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer (or Goat Herder), which is home to Capella, the sixth brightest star in the sky, rises overhead in the northwestern sky 10 PM – Taurus constellation … [Read more…]