Southern Hemisphere

GALAxY M77

This is the brightest example of a Seyfert galaxy, a class of galaxies, related to quasars, that have extremely bright centers. In small telescopes only these central regions will show up, making it appear like a fuzzy star.

GALAxY M77

This is the brightest example of a Seyfert galaxy, a class of galaxies, related to quasars, that have extremely bright centers. In small telescopes only these central regions will show up, making it appear like a fuzzy star.

alpha (a) cETi (MENkAR) k A red giant of magnitude 2.5 with a wide and unrelated 6th-magnitude companion visible with binoculars.

GAMMA (y) CETi 5 A challenging close double. Apertures of at least 2.4 in (60 mm) with high power will reveal two stars of 4th and 7th magnitudes.

OMiCRON (0) CETi (MiRA) 2 K 5 The brightest and best-known example of a common class of pulsating red giants that fluctuate in size over months or years. Mira has an 11-month cycle and can reach second magnitude at its brightest. At its faintest, it drops to 10th magnitude.

TAU (t) CETi 5 A star of magnitude 3.5 lying 11.9 light-years away, whose temperature and brightness make it the most Sun-like of the nearby stars.

M77 5 S 3 A Seyfert spiral galaxy oriented face-on to us, just under 50 million light-years away.

Orion Orionis (Ori)

width im depth ll size RANKING 26th fuLLY vislBLE 79°n-67°s

Orion is one of the most glorious constellations, representing a giant hunter or warrior followed by his dogs (the constellations Canis Major and Canis Minor). Its most distinctive feature is Orion's belt, a northern line of three second-magnitude stars. in Greek mythology, Orion was HEMispHERE stung to death by a scorpion. He is placed in the sky opposite scorpius, so that he sets as the scorpion rises. in late October each year, the Orionid meteors appear to radiate from a point near the border with Gemini.

ORION IN THE night SKY

A line of three stars marks Orion's belt, while a complex of star clusters and nebulosity forms his sword.

the orion nebula

On photographs and CCD images, the nebula appears multicolored. Visually, it appears gray-green because the eye is not sensitive to colors in faint objects. On clear nights, it is visible to the naked eye as a hazy patch of light.

ORION IN THE night SKY

A line of three stars marks Orion's belt, while a complex of star clusters and nebulosity forms his sword.

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