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

The Life Cycles of Stars

There was a time when humans knew nothing about the lifecycle of stars. While some believe that stars are meant to live forever, others believed that they share more or less the same lifecycle as any living beings. Today, we know that stars are born, expand during their lifetime and then die.  … Read more

What is a Nebula?

The Orion Nebula

Its name came from a Latin word meaning mist, fog, or a cloud, but a nebula isn’t just a cloud but an enormous cloud of dust and gas in space between stars that sometimes acts as a nursery for new stars. Some nebulae (plural of the nebula) are from the gas and … 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

What you need to know about Comets and Asteroids

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At the beginning of our solar system’s creation, a massive billowing cloud of dust and gas circled around the Sun, and dust particles collided with each other and formed into a rock until they ultimately reached the size of a boulder. This process formed not just the planets of our solar system … Read more

What are Double Stars?

a portion of the moon’s image, night sky with stars, with two brightest stars, and the image of mountains

Stargazing is perhaps one of the most loved recreational activities among the lovers of the heavenly bodies. Who does not like and amazed by their magnificence anyway? The moon, star clusters, the vast universe, shooting stars, and the serene and calming night sky. It may be overwhelming to some beginners in the field … Read more

The Orion Nebula

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The Orion Nebula, also known as Messier 42 or M 42, is a bright emission nebula about 1,350 light-years away from Earth and more than 10 light-years across. It’s a nursery of star formation and contains hundreds of O-type young stars. These young stars are clustered about the Trapezium, a nexus of … 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

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