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The Sky This Month - February 2018

Lepus the Hare

Located directly below the constellation Orion is Lepus the Hare. Its brighter stars shine between magnitudes 2.5 and 3.7. Lepus takes up only 290 square degrees of sky ranking it 51st in overall area. The brightest star of the asterism is named Arneb, an F class supergiant star located 2,200 light years away. The massive star measures 75 solar masses and 36,000 times brighter than our Sun. If it took the place of our Sun, Arneb would extend to about the orbit of Mercury.

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The Sky This Month - January 2018

Canis Major

Most of the constellations we see can be located from moderate light polluted skies. If you are new to astronomy, this is a good way to study the constellations which are highlighted for the most part by bright stars. Once you move to the dark countryside on a moonless night, standing under two thousand stars can be overwhelming.

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The Sky This Month - December 2017

Taurus the Bull

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The Sky This Month - November 2017

Pegasus

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The Sky This Month - October 2017

Aquarius 

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The Sky This Month - September 2017

Late Summer Observing

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The Sky This Month - August 2017

The Long Awaited Eclipse

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The Sky This Month - June 2017

Ursa Major

The great bear commonly known as the Big Dipper is a circumpolar constellation that never sets from Canadian locations. Its familiar four stars of the bowl and three stars of its handle are bright enough to be recognized at first glance. At this time of year, the Big Dipper is directly overhead and well placed to observe its celestial treasures.

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The Sky This Month - May 2017

Corvus The Crow

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The Sky This Month - April 2017

A String of Galaxies

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