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Cosmic Pursuits
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Insight and information for stargazers.
Insight and information for stargazers.

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An Invitation to Become an Accomplished Stargazer

Our annual ‘Fundamentals of Stargazing’ course is now open for new participants, but only for the next two weeks. If you're at a point in your life where understanding and meaning are paramount, and you're in a position to devote a little time to studying the night sky, then this might be the right course for you. Learn more at the link below…

http://cosmicpursuits.com/fundamentals-of-stargazing/
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The 'Electric Guitar' Cluster

In this week's article, we look into southern reaches of the constellation Puppis, south and east of the bright star Sirius and Canis Major, to examine two stunning star groups in a rich field of the Milky Way...

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1507/ngc-2477-electric-guitar-cluster/
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A Guide to Seeing the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Here's a concise little guide to observing the upcoming total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. This will be a fantastic chance for us North Americans to see such an event, the first in the populated parts of this continent since February 1979...

http://astronomyconnect.com/forums/articles/a-guide-to-viewing-the-total-solar-eclipse-of-2017.40/
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The Night Sky This Month - February 2017

Venus dominates the western evening sky in this second month of 2017 and will become nearly as bright as it ever gets later in February. Mars and Uranus are also in this part of the heavens and will come within less than a degree of each other near month's end. And a little comet returns in mid-February and trucks across the northern sky in the early morning hours.

Here's what to see in the night sky this month...

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1489/the-sky-this-month-february-2017
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The Allure of Carbon Stars

The colors of stars and other deep-sky sights are often quite subtle and hard to see, especially to new stargazers. But there is one exception-- carbon stars. These deep ruby-red stars, which dredge up nuclear soot from their innards, give off a striking ruby-red glow that's easy to see in a small telescope. See your first carbon star and you'll want to see many more.

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1484/the-allure-of-carbon-stars/
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The Attendants of Mirfak

Near the star Mirfak, the brightest star in Perseus, lies a particularly dazzling collection of associated blue-white stars that make up a loose cluster often called the “Attendants of Mirfak”. This little group is a beautiful sight in binoculars.

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1479/the-attendants-of-mirfak/
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Nice little image by LeisurelyScientist.com of the blue-green planetary nebula NGC 1535, also known as "Cleopatra's Eye", in the northern reaches of the constellation Eridanus.
NGC 1535 Planetary Nebula in the Constellation Eridanus
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Weekend Stargazing - Three Clusters and a Chesire Cat

If you have a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, make an appointment to examine the three finest open star clusters of Auriga-- M36, M37, and M38-- along with a smiling asterism embedded in the stream of the Milky Way...

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1473/three-clusters-and-a-cheshire-cat/
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A Guide to Observing Comet 45/P

The periodic Comet 45/P Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková is visiting the inner solar system over the next few months. Here's where to find and see this tiny and ancient hunk of dust and ice...

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1403/a-guide-to-observing-comet-45p-honda-mrkos-pajdusakova/
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The Sky This Month - January 2017

Whether you're enjoying the start of the year on the beach or in the chilly northern air of early winter, there's plenty to see in the first month of the year including a brief meteor shower, a little periodic comet, and planets aplenty in the eastern and western sky. Here’s what’s going on in the night sky this month:

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1423/the-sky-this-month-january-2017/
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