Monday, 26 August, 2019

Category: Astronomy

The Cancer Constellation

The Cancer Constellation

The Cancer Constellation. Cancer is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for crab and it is commonly represented as one. Cancer is a medium-size constellation with an area of 506 square degrees that is bordered by Gemini to the west, Lynx to the north, Leo Minor to the northeast, Leo to the east, Hydra to the south, and Canis Minor to the southwest. The official

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The Spaghetti Nebula

The Spaghetti Nebula

The Spaghetti Nebula. Simeis 147 (click the astronomical map above for an enlarged view), also known as the Spaghetti Nebula, SNR G180.0-01.7 or Sharpless 2-240, is a supernova remnant in the Milky Way, straddling the border between the constellations Auriga and  Taurus. Discovered in 1952 at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory using a 25-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, it is difficult to observe

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The Camelopardalis Constellation

The Camelopardalis Constellation

The Camelopardalis Constellation. Camelopardalis or the Giraffe constellation is a large, faint grouping of stars in the northern sky. Taken apart, the word Camelopardalis means camel (Greek kamēlos) and leopard (pardalis). The giraffe was called the “camel-leopard” because it had a long neck like a camel and a body with spots, like a leopard. The constellation

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The Caelum Constellation

The Caelum Constellation

The Caelum Constellation. Caelum is a faint constellation in the southern sky, introduced in the 1750s by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille and counted among the 88 modern constellations. Its name means “chisel” in Latin, and it was formerly known as Caelum Scalptorium, “the engravers’ chisel” (bottom right in the diagram above). Caelum is bordered by Dorado and Pictor to the south, Horologium, and Eridanus to

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The Bootes Constellation

The Bootes Constellation

The Bootes Constellation. Boötes is a constellation in the northern sky, located between 0° and +60° declination, and 13 and 16 hours of right ascension on the celestial sphere, covering 907 square degrees. It is best seen in June at 9.00pm between latitudes 90 and -50 degrees. One of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd-century

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The Auriga Constellation

The Auriga Constellation

The Auriga Constellation. Auriga is one of the 88 modern constellations; it was among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy. Located north of the celestial equator, its name is the Latin word for “charioteer.” In Greek mythology, Auriga is often identified as the mythological Greek hero Erichthonius of Athens, the chthonic son of Hephaestus who was raised by the goddess Athena. Erichthonius

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First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise

First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise

First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise. NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) is managed by the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The PDCO is responsible for: Ensuring the early detection of potentially hazardous objects (PHOs) – asteroids and comets whose orbits are

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The Aries Constellation

The Aries Constellation. Aries Constellation is located in the northern celestial hemisphere between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east. The name Aries is Latin for ram, representing a ram’s horns. It is one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It is a mid-sized

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Planet A Billion Years Younger Than The Big Bang Found

Planet A Billion Years Younger Than The Big Bang Found

Planet A Billion Years Younger Than The Big Bang Found. Messier 4 or M4, also designated NGC 6121, is a globular cluster in the constellation of Scorpius. It was discovered by Philippe Loys de Chéseaux in 1745 and catalogued by Charles Messier in 1764. It was the first globular cluster in which individual stars were resolved. M4 is a rather loosely concentrated

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The Ara Constellation

The Ara Constellation

The Ara Constellation. Ara is a southern constellation situated between Scorpius and Triangulum Australe. Ara was one of the 48 Greek constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union. In ancient Greek mythology, Ara was identified as the altar where the gods first

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