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The Sky This Month - October 2006


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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The Sky This Month - November 2006

Cassiopeia and Perseus

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The Sky This Month - May 2007

Swarms of Galaxies

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The Sky This Month - July 2006

Taming the Serpent

One of the largest constellations in the sky is Ophiuchus – the serpent holder. Located directly below Hercules, it lies on the meridian at about 9:30 p.m. at the beginning of the month. This huge area of sky covers close to a thousand square degrees and is home to no less than 13 globular clusters equal to or brighter than tenth magnitude. This means on nights of good seeing, you should be able to sweep up these treasures in simple binoculars. 

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The Sky This Month - December 2006

Some Pretty Cool Galaxies

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The Sky This Month - August 2006

The Glorious Milky Way

If you have never experienced the true portrait of the Milky Way Galaxy unfold before your eyes far off in the countryside on a Moonless night, you are missing one of the grandest moments of your life. I recently had the chance to rent a cottage by the lake with my family for ten days, around the new Moon. By 10 p.m. locally, the stars began to show themselves, one by one.

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The Sky This Month - February 2010

Chasing the Hare

The night sky is a theatrical stage of mythological characters, unique stories of how the interaction with others. Amongst the wintry constellations is Lepus the Hare. Although Orion the Hunter is poised in battle with Taurus the Bull, he also liked to hunt our long-eared friend.

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The Sky This Month - April 2010

The Change of Seasons

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The Sky This Month - May 2010

The Illusive Crab

If I were to hand the average person a star chart of the constellation Cancer the Crab and asked them to find it in the sky, I am sure they would be hard-pressed in identifying it. Unlike bright celestial patterns such as Orion, the Big Dipper and so on, Cancer is not the easiest to recognize. However, to the seasoned astronomer who knows the sky like the back of their hand, Cancer is flanked with the Gemini Twins to its west and Leo (Major) the Lion to its east. Both of these bordering constellations possess bright suns.

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The Sky This Month - June 2010

Draco – Circumpolar Beast

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