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The Sky This Month - February 2009

Giraffe of the North


Camelopardalis the giraffe, is one of those constellations that goes unnoticed for the most part. Lying close to Ursa Minor in the north, this constellation is circumpolar and is visible any time of year but lacks the WOW objects like those belonging to Orion, Andromeda.etc. Camelopardalis is spread over 757 square degrees of sky and is listed 18th in area. The Giraffe is home to 53 NGC objects, most of which are galaxies. As for bright stars, you would be out of luck. Most of its suns are in the fourth magnitude range.

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The Sky This Month - December 2008

Night Of A 100 Clusters

 

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The Sky This Month - December 2009

Perseus The Hero

With early sunsets, one can begin observing after supper hour; just don’t forget to help with the dishes. Rising high in the northeast is our Hero of the night. In last month’s article, we saw how Perseus saved Andromeda moments before she was to meet her fate with the Sea Monster Cetus.

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The Sky This Month - August 2008

Our Galactic Veil


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The Sky This Month - August 2007

Two Main Events


If you are in the process of planning some vacation this month, make sure you set aside a few days for summer night observing. With the Milky Way in all its glory overhead as seen from the countryside, far from city light domes, you will want to stay up till the first sign of astronomical twilight begins. The observing window for this month in which the Moon will not interfere will be from August 8th to 16th with new Moon occurs on the 12th.


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The Sky This Month - August 2009

Beware the Scorpion

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The Sky This Month - April 2009

Looking Up To The Twins


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The Sky This Month - April 2008

A Cosmic Ocean of Islands


Our Universe is made up of a staggering amount of starry islands, we call galaxies. With the average galactic population of about 200 billion stars, astronomers believe there are more than 100 billion galaxies residing in the known Universe. These tiny patches of grey can only be glimpsed with a telescope or very large binoculars steadily mounted on a tripod. Like fish in the ocean swimming alone or in schools, galaxies are found by themselves or in small groups and clusters.


With a large number of galaxies nestled within the boundaries of Leo the Lion, it does not compare to the heavy concentration known as the Coma – Virgo Cluster. With Virgo being the second-largest constellation in the heavens, the choice of deep-sky objects is lengthy so let's look at a few of its interesting members.


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The Sky This Month - September 2006

Seasonal Change


As the days of September moves closer to the change of seasons at 00:03 hrs eastern on the 23rd, darkness creeps in earlier and earlier. After the 23rd, the hours of darkness will trump daylight hours. Here in Canada, the comfortable nights are coming to an end as the winter winds are only a couple of months away. Until then we have a good number of targets to nail down – so let’s get started.


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The Sky This Month - October 2006

Aquarius

October is well known for its wet weather. Cold, damp days are a sure indication winter is slowly creeping in. With this in mind, we will focus this month’s article on the watery constellation namely Aquarius – the Water Bearer and Pisces – the Fishes.

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