The Winter Hexagon, also known as the Winter Circle, is a prominent winter asterism formed by seven stars prominent in the winter sky. These are Rigel in Orion, Aldebaran in Taurus, Capella in Auriga, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, Procyon in Canis Minor, and Sirius in Canis Major constellation. Sirius and Procyon are also part … [Read more…]
The Hyades are a star cluster located in Taurus constellation and the nearest open cluster of stars to the solar system. Also catalogued as Collinder 50 or Melotte 25, the cluster has an apparent magnitude of 0.5 and lies at a distance of 153 light years, or 47 parsecs, from Earth. The brightest stars in … [Read more…]
The Lagoon Nebula, or Messier 8 (M8), is a large interstellar cloud classified as an emission nebula and an H II region. The nebula is located in Sagittarius constellation, within the Milky Way Galaxy. It lies in the direction of the galaxy’s centre. The nebula’s designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 6523.
Here are some of the constellations, planets, and deep sky objects to see in March: 8 PM southern sky – Jupiter high above the southern horizon after sunset 11 PM eastern sky – Mars rising in the east, visible throughout the night 1 AM eastern sky – Saturn rising, also remaining visible until sunrise 6 … [Read more…]
The highlights of the night sky in March include: 9 PM, western sky – Jupiter high above the horizon after sunset 9 PM, southern sky – Gemini constellation high overhead with the bright stars Castor and Pollux, and the open cluster Messier 35 9 PM, southern sky – Cancer constellation with the famous open cluster … [Read more…]