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- Plato.

 

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light pollution by Chris Johnson

Light Pollution: The Dark Side of Outdoor Lights

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Some interesting sightings seen from my home in Maun, Botswana


Planets

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   Uranus


Galaxies

   Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31)

   Black Eye Galaxy (Messier 64)

   Centaurus A (Caldwell 77)

   Satellite Galaxy of Andromeda (Messier 32)

   Large Magellanic Cloud (Satellite galaxy)

   Ring Tail Galaxy (Caldwell 70)

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   Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104)

   Spindle Galaxy (Caldwell 53)

   Sunflower Galaxy (Messier 63)

   Whirlpool Galaxy (Messier 51)

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   Galaxies - Caldwell: 40, 43, 48, 61, 72

   Galaxies - Messier: 49, 58, 59, 60, 61, 65, 66, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, 98, 99, 100, 105, 108

   Galaxies - NGC: 134, 2903, 4261

 

Nebulae

   Bug Nebula (Caldwell 69)

   Coal Sack Dark Nebula (in Crux)

   Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27)

   Eagle Nebula (Messier 16)

   Eskimo Nebula (Caldwell 39, NGC 3292)

   Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372)

   Ghost of Jupiter Nebula (Caldwell 59)

   Great Orion Nebula (Messier 42)

   Helix Nebula (Caldwell 63, NGC 7293)

   Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8)

   Ring Nebula (Messier 57)

   Swan Nebula (Messier 17)

   Tarantula Nebula (Caldwell 103)

   Trifid Nebula (Messier 20)

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   Nebulae - Caldwell: 39, 74, 90, 109

   Nebulae - NGC: 2438

 

Globular Clusters

   47 Tucanae cluster (Caldwell 106, in Tucana)

   Omega Centauri cluster (NGC 5139, in Centaurus)

   Globular cluster in Aquarius, (Messier 2)

   Globular cluster in Scorpius, (Messier 4)

   Globular cluster in Pegasus, (Messier 15)

   Globular cluster in Sagittarius (Messier 22)

   Globular cluster in Hydra (Messier 68)

   Globular cluster in Lepus (Messier 79)

   Globular cluster in Hercules, (Messier 92)

   Globular cluster in Pavo, (Caldwell 93, NGC 6752)

 

Open Clusters

   Butterfly cluster (Messier 6, in Scorpius)

   Hyades cluster (Caldwell 41, in Taurus)

   Jewel Box cluster (Caldwell 94, NGC 4755, in Crux)

   Pleiades cluster (Messier 45, Subaru, Seven Sisters)

   Praesepe cluster (Beehive cluster, M44, in Cancer)

   Ptolemy's cluster (Messier 7, in Scorpius)

   Wild Duck cluster (Messier 11, in Scutum)

   Wishing Well cluster (Caldwell 91, NGC 3532 in Carina)

   Open cluster (Messier 35 in Gemini)

   Open cluster (Messier 37 in Auriga)

   Open cluster (Messier 41 in Canis Major)

 

Stars

   Alpha Crux (in Crux)

   Altair (in Aquila)

   Antares (in Scorpius)

   Achernar (in Eridanus)

   Aldebaran (in Taurus)

   Betelgeuse (in Orion)

   Canopus (in Carina)

   Castor (in Gemini)

   Enif (in Pegasus)

   Eta Carinae (in Carina)

   Formalhaut (in Piscis Austrinus)

   Mira (in Cetus)

   Regulus (in Leo)

   Rigil Kentaurus (in Centaurus)

   Sirius (in Canus Major)

   Spica (in Virgo)

   Vega (in Lyra)

 

Double Stars

   Albireo (in Cygnus)
  

 

 

 

 

Lee Ouzman with his Meade LX90-ACF 12" Schmidt-Cassegrain

in Maun, Botswana

 

Nature offers no greater splendour than the starry sky on a clear night. Silent and jewelled with the constellations of ancient myth and legend, the night sky has inspired wonder throughout the ages – a wonder that leads our imaginations far from the confines of Earth and the pace of the present day, and out into the distant reaches of space and cosmic time itself. Astronomy, born in response to that wonder, is built on two of the most basic instinct traits of human nature: the need to explore and the need to understand. Through the interplay of curiosity, discovery and analysis – the keys to exploration and understanding – people have sought answers to questions about the universe since the earliest times. Astronomy is the oldest of all the sciences, yet never has it been more exciting than it is today.
   - Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan in their book Astronomy Today.

 


 

 

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