The North­ern Hemi­sphere

Sum­mer is on its way with a se­lec­tion of gal­ax­ies and star clus­ters to be en­joyed into the early hours

All About Space - - Stargazer -

With the sum­mer sky bring­ing with it longer days and shorter nights, the con­stel­la­tions of May are re­served for those will­ing to stay up un­til the small hours to cap­ture those stun­ning night-sky tar­gets.

Ob­servers in the North­ern Hemi­sphere can look for­ward to gaz­ing at the gems of Canes Ve­natici (the Hunt­ing Dogs), Cen­tau­rus (the Cen­taur), Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair) and Virgo (the Vir­gin), where a stun­ning se­lec­tion of gal­ax­ies and star clus­ters are easy pick­ings with binoc­u­lars or tele­scopes. In par­tic­u­lar, the Virgo Clus­ter is home to the Black Eye Galaxy (Messier

64), and spi­ral galaxy and bright­est mem­ber of the Virgo clus­ter Messier

100, which are a joy to be­hold on the in­creas­ingly warmer evenings.

Ob­server’s note:

The night sky as it ap­pears on 15 May 2018 at ap­prox­i­mately 10pm (BST).

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