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…]
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in July: 10:30 PM, western sky – Saturn and Mars coming near the western horizon 11 PM, southern sky – Scorpius constellation, with the prominent tail and stinger, the red supergiant Antares marking the scorpion’s heart, and the globular cluster Messier 4 (M4) lying 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.
The Eagle Nebula, also known as the Star Queen Nebula, Messier 16 (M16), and NGC 6611, is a star forming region located in Serpens. It is a well-known emission nebula surrounding a young open star cluster. The cluster associated with the nebula consists of a number of young stars belonging to the spectral classes O … [Read more…]