Oct 31

Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse…

In honor of Halloween here’s a pun of a post.  Reminiscent of the 80’s movie “Beetle Juice,” here’s its astronomical namesake, Betelgeuse.  This star is a red supergiant of spectral type M1-2 and one of the largest stars visible to the naked eye.  If Betelgeuse were at the center of our Solar System, its surface […]

Oct 26

Messier 32, Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy

M32, a.k.a. NGC 221, is a dwarf elliptical galaxy, which is a satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31, NGC 224). It’s smaller, fainter but just as cool! Perhaps even a more rewarding find because it’s a bit more difficult to spot. In the first image above, M32 is the smaller smudge circled in yellow on […]

Oct 25

ET Phone Home

While poking around the Cassiopeia constellation the other night, I spotted a unique star arrangement. When I connected the dots it looked ET phoning home. Big ole bug eyes and all! Without knowing what it was, or if it was anything special, I took a picture just because it looked cool. While perusing the telescope […]

Oct 23

Globular Cluster (M2)

The night is still young (10:30 pm CDT) and I’m happy to report a couple of new Messier object sightings.  This one is a globular cluster known simply as Messier 2, or M2.  It is located at the northern end of the constellation Aquarius, just below the Great Pegasus Cluster (M15).  It lies approximately 55,000 […]

Oct 23

Orion Nebula (M42)

Here’s another look at the Orion Nebula, Messier 42.  Now that we’re getting deeper into Fall, we’ll start seeing the Orion constellation traverse our night sky earlier and at a higher declination, meaning it’ll become more and more conducive to optimal viewing and imaging conditions.  

Oct 22

Pleiades, the Seven Sisters (M45)

This is by no means a “showcase” of talents as I do not profess to be an astrophotographer.  I do, however, claim to be an amateur astronomer who happens to enjoy creating visual documentation of my night sky finds.  I’m also slowly working my way through the Messier Catalog of Deep Space Objects.  Therefore, I […]