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Beehive Cluster

Object Type:
Open Cluster
Right Ascension:
8h 40m
+19° 59'
577 light years

Image Source: Scott MacNeill, Frosty Drew Observatory

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Celebration of Space - February 2, 2024

Today, Friday, February 2, 2024 is Groundhog Day. Many people associate this day with the humorous story of a groundhog in Pennsylvania emerging to see its shadow or not. But Groundhog Day is actually an astronomical occurrence. It is one of th ... more

Celebration of Space - June 2, 2023

This coming Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 11:44 pm, the Moon will once again orbit into a position where it is on the opposite side of Earth than the Sun. Astronomers call this opposition, but everyone else calls it the Full Moon. During the full ... more

Celebration of Space - January 8, 2021

Now that the Moon is waning well into the early morning sky and quickly approaching the new phase on January 13, 2021, super dark sky conditions are returning to our region. Especially over more of the rural areas that are less affected by ligh ... more