the north­ern hemi­sphere

The darker, longer nights are of­fi­cially here, of­fer­ing a splen­dour of night sky ob­jects for astronomers

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Gaze at An­dromeda and its nest of neigh­bour­ing gal­ax­ies

An­dromeda, Cas­siopeia and Sculp­tor are just some of the con­stel­la­tions of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of tar­gets for tele­scope and binoc­u­lar-wield­ing astronomers this month. With the Sun dip­ping be­low the hori­zon at ap­prox­i­mately 4pm (GMT), those want­ing to catch new or favourite tar­gets don’t have to wait long for dark skies to boast these trea­sures.

Head over to An­dromeda and you’ll be re­warded with not just its spi­ral gal­axy M31, but also its dwarf el­lip­ti­cal gal­ax­ies M32 and M110. While the par­ent gal­axy is easy to spot, you’ll need at least a medium-sized tele­scope to spot An­dromeda’s satel­lites. Star clus­ters are a joy to be­hold in the con­stel­la­tion of Cas­siopeia, which can be spot­ted with ease by its “W”.

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