Tips for Stargazing With Binoculars

a pair of binoculars

There’s no more significant investment than a good set of binoculars if you’re learning the constellations and want to investigate the nebulae, star clusters, and planets hiding inside them. Stargazing with binoculars, which may give you a close-up view of deep-sky objects that are undetectable to the naked eye and frequently impossible … Read more

Tadpole Galaxy and Hoag’s Object

Tadpole galaxy

Tadpole galaxy also known as UGC 10214 or Arp 188is a disrupted barred spiral galaxy located 420 million light-years from Earth toward the northern constellation Draco. Its most spectacular feature is a massive trail of bright blue star clusters approximately 280,000 light-years long, reflecting the essence of our dynamic, restless, and violent … Read more

Hercules Globular Cluster

Messier 13 or the Hercules globular cluster

Hercules Globular Cluster is Messier 13 or designated NGC 6205, a globular cluster of several hundred thousand stars in the Hercules constellation. For many stargazers, M13 is the finest globular cluster in the northern half of the heavens. It is in a star pattern Keystone– an asymmetrical square in the constellation Hercules … Read more

Pinwheel Galaxy

Pinwheel galaxy

The Milky Way is perhaps the most famous galaxy that people know, and even preschool kids can name it. But little did we learn and heard about other galaxies, and that there are about hundreds of billions of them scattered in the universe. We can see some galaxies with our naked eyes, … Read more

Messier 82, Cigar galaxy

the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82

While a famed French astronomer Charles Messier was hunting for celestial objects during the 18th century, he noticed several “nebulous objects” while surveying the night sky. He decided to catalog those commonly mistaken objects as comets so others would not make the same mistake. The resulting list known as Messier Catalog now … Read more

What galaxies can you only see with a telescope?

a telescope and a night sky with stars

Man’s curiosity is as vast as the Universe. People have endless questions about the different phenomena and the existence of things on Earth and beyond. The study about our favorite Galaxy-Milky Way and some other galaxies have been around since the 17th century. Besides our Milky Way, billions of other galaxies are … Read more

Whirlpool Galaxy

Whirlpool galaxy

On October 13, 1773, while Charles Messier was hunting for celestial objects, he found this spiral galaxy full of beauty with its graceful and winding arms appearing like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. It was called M51 or known as Whirlpool galaxy. Its arms are actually stars and gas laced … Read more

Messier 81 Galaxy

the Messier 81 spiral galaxy with a huge nucleus

Located 12 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major, Messier 81 is one of the brightest galaxies in the night sky. Messier 81 was discovered along with the nearby Cigar Galaxy (Messier 82) by the German astronomer Johann Elert Bode on December 31, 1774. It has an apparent magnitude of … Read more

Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

ALMA antennae in red light, onthe background are the southern Milky Way

LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD Named after the explorer, and Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan, whose crew discovered these companion galaxies to the Milky Way during the first voyage worldwide (1519–22). It is called the Large Magellanic Cloud or LMC for short.It is not a cloud but a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way that … Read more

Andromeda: The Closet Spiral Galaxy

Andromeda galaxy with other neighboring galaxies

Several dozen minor galaxies lie closer to the Milky Way, but the Andromeda galaxy is the nearest large spiral galaxy to it. Also known as the M31, the Andromeda Galaxy is the brightest galaxy you can see from northerly latitudes. At 2.5 million light-years, this is perhaps one of Earth’s most distant … Read more