Find Galaxies in the Spring Sky

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Middle East

Site: Alborz Mountains - Iran

Date: January 2009

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Spring sky in the northern hemisphere is favorable for galaxy hunting using binoculars or amateur telescopes under dark skies. When this high resolution panorama loads (takes few minutes with low-speed connection) try to find as much as galaxies in the background sky. Then click on the constellation icon above the image to see the labels and find out how much you were successful in "discovering" galaxies There are familiar sky figures in the picture including the handle of Big Dipper on the left with naked-eye double star Mizar and Alcor. Coma Star Cluster (easily resolvable by naked-eye) is near the center and star β Leo (Denebola) is at right before the bright planet Saturn at the corner. If our eyes was a bit more sensitive or with slightly larger aperture we could detect many galaxies in the night sky as faint little halos, each representing billions of stars located tens of millions light years away. Babak Tafreshi/

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