Thursday, 05 September 2019 23:11

NGC 206

Star Clouds of Andromeda featuring NGC 206 in the center, which is an OB association of hot O and B type stars numbering over 300 and stretching some 4,000 light years.

Published in Galaxies
Saturday, 24 August 2019 12:12

NGC6940

NGC6940 is an open cluster located in Vulpecula. Some what difficult to see the cluster against the rich background of stars, the actual cluster contains several hundred members. Estimated age is 700+ million years and at distance of 2,500 light years.

Published in Open Clusters
Friday, 09 August 2019 13:14

NGC 188

Open cluster located in the constellation of Cepheus. Estimated age of 6+ billion years, most open clusters drift apart after only a few million years. It lies above the plane of the Milky Way, and located further out than our Sun which may account for its longevity.

Published in Open Clusters
Friday, 26 April 2019 15:57

Open Cluster NGC 2423

Open Cluster NGC2423 located in Puppis located about 2,500 light years away. At least one exo-planet has been confirmed orbiting a the red giant star NGC2423-3 with a mass of 10 times of Jupiter. 

Published in Open Clusters
Friday, 05 April 2019 14:55

NGC 2539

NGC 2539, an open cluster in Puppis. Estimated age of the cluster is 370 million years and contains several hundred possible members. The cluster lies about 4,400 light years away, the brighter star is 19 Puppis a multiple star system with six reported components The primary being a 4.7 magnitude yellow giant, and is a foreground star at 177 light years. 

Published in Open Clusters
Monday, 01 April 2019 22:44

NGC 2301

NGC 2301, an open cluster located in Monoceros awash in a sea of stars. Estimated age of 168 million years and 2,840 light years away.

Published in Open Clusters
Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:14

Messier 67

Messier 67 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Cancer. It is one of the older closest open clusters at an estimated age of 3.2 to 5 billion years. Most clusters tend to disperse after their formation, but M67 is expected to stay together for another 5 billion years. It contains at least 500 members and has undergone mass segregation where the more massive stars have migrated towards the center of the cluster.

Published in Open Clusters
Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:00

Messier 44

Messier 44, or the Bee Hive Cluster, or originally Praesepe (the manger) is near by open cluster at a distance of 577 light years away. The cluster contains some 350 members. Visible to the naked eye, it has been known since ancient times as a "cloudy" star. Interesting its proper motion and age compares to the Hyades cluster suggesting a possible common origin millions of years ago.

Published in Open Clusters
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:25

NGC 1502

NGC 1502 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Camelopardalis. It is near one end of a string of unrelated stars that seem to flow towards it that is called Kemble's Cascade. The cluster consists of around 45 stars and estimated distance of 2,700 light years away and is estimated to be a young cluster of around 11 million years old. The bright double star Struve 485 located near the center.

Published in Open Clusters
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:43

Orion Nebula and Surrounding Area

The Orion Nebula or M42 is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky, visible as a "fuzzy" star in Orion's sword hanging from the belt. The Trapezium cluster named for the four brightest OB stars form a trapezoid figure ionizes and illuminates the nebula. The nebula contains hundreds of young stars and more than 700 stars associated with the cluster.

Published in Nebulas
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