Friday, August 26, 2016

Observing log for 25 August 2016

Despite some haze and high cirrus we were able to see the following objects:

  • Saturn: The ringed planet will be visible until mid-September.
  • Mars: Mars was at opposition on 22 May 2016, making it very well-placed for observing this summer.
  • M13, (the Hercules cluster): M13 is an example of a globular cluster and is about 25,000 light-years from Earth.
  • M57 (the Ring Nebula): M57 is a planetary nebula about 2,000 light-years from Earth.
  • NCG 6826 (The "blinking planetary" in Cygnus): NGC 6826 is another example of a planetary nebula, also about 2,000 light-years from Earth.
  • Albireo: Albireo is a double star system in Cygnus. The two stars (one blue, one gold) can't be resolved with the naked eye, but through our telescopes we are able to see the pair.

Thank you everyone for attending, and for your interest in the Montgomery College Observatory!