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NGC 7009 - The Saturn Nebula

Entry Date: Nov 1, 2015

Published Under: Glenn Chaple's Columns

An entry in my astronomy logbook dated October 6, 1977 reads, “I finally notched a real stinker!” No, it wasn’t one of the skunks that occasionally stroll across my back yard while I’m outside observing. My notes continue, “After numerous att... more
Messier 2 – Globular Cluster in Aquarius

Entry Date: Oct 6, 2015

Published Under: Glenn Chaple's Columns

October can be a depressing month for the globular cluster aficionado. Sagittarius, Scorpius, and Ophiuchus and their treasure trove of globular clusters have ridden off to the west, leaving us with the barren-looking skies of autumn.But all is ... more
Messier 3 - Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici

Entry Date: Jun 30, 2015

Published Under: Glenn Chaple's Columns

As May gives way to June, backyard astronomers begin to anticipate the arrival of summer’s globular clusters, and with good reason. The globular-laden constellations Ophiuchus, Scorpius, and Sagittarius are beginning to show up in the early evening s... more
Messier 98 - Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices

Entry Date: May 11, 2015

Published Under: Glenn Chaple's Columns

This month, we journey to the edge-on spiral Messier 98, located near the westerly border of the Coma-Virgo Galaxy Cluster. M 98 and its neighbor galaxies M 99 and M 100 were discovered by Pierre Mechain on the night of March 15, 1781 and confirmed by ... more