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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.

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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...

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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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December Solstice 2016

The December solstice happens today at 10:44 UT. It marks the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere. If you’re south of the equator, enjoy the light of the long days of summer and your holiday barbeque on the beach. And for you fellow northerners, stay warm and curious and hopeful. The cycles of the world always move us, eventually, from darkness to light.

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Amazing.
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Leave the grotesqueries of the world behind this weekend and wander out to see two of the loveliest galaxies in the night sky. Here's where to find them...

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Weekend Stargazing - The Galaxy IC342

The galaxy IC342 ranks as one of the under-appreciated gems of the northern night sky. This elegant nearby spiral galaxy in the far-northern constellation Camelopardalis (the Giraffe) is a photogenic target for experienced imagers. But it’s also worth the effort to see this swirling assembly visually because it lies in an unusually beautiful field of foreground stars. It's a great weekend stargazing project for you...

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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
Here is a beautiful planetary nebula cataloged as NGC 1535, it is found in the constellation Eridanus and is about magnitude 10.5. Distances vary to this object and range from 5500 to 7500 light-ye…
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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 Science of the Christmas Star

It may be the most famous star in history. But was it real? A few words written on a scroll two thousand years ago isn’t much to go on, but astronomers have a few ideas that may explain the apparition of a star near the time of the birth of Jesus. Read more at the link below:

http://cosmicpursuits.com/437/the-science-of-the-christmas-star/
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You could be right but the gospels were written almost 300 years after the event and based on handed down stories and you know how over 300 years these would be altered ( Still mystery but a nice one)
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Seeing the Merope Nebula

This weekend, should time and the sky allow, I encourage you to seek out the beautiful but visually elusive Merope Nebula in the Pleiades star cluster. Caused by a chance passing of this young and famous cluster though a relatively dirty part of the interstellar medium, the Merope Nebula and much of the gauzy blue-white nebulosity that envelops the Pleiades is quite dazzling in images. But there's nothing like seeing it for yourself.

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The Night Sky This Month - November 2016

The sky this month brings a splendid array of planets, all of which are attended by the Moon at one time or other. November also brings two meteor showers and the grand and starry constellations Taurus, Auriga, and Orion rising one after the other in the eastern sky.

Here’s what to see in the sky this month…
http://cosmicpursuits.com/1318/the-sky-this-month-november-2016/
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The Night Sky This Month - October 2016

Fading planets, a "Black Moon", and a meteor shower... here's what to see in the night sky this month:

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1269/the-sky-this-month-october-2016/
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