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Lupus

Lupus

Located in the Southern Sky, Lupus is a constellation that is Latin for wolf. Lupus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern…

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Messier 108 Messier 108 Surfboard Galaxy

Messier 108 Surfboard Galaxy

Messier 108, nicknamed the Surfboard Galaxy, is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy is circumpolar north of latitude 35N and can be seen throughout the year in the Pacific…


Caelum

Caelum

Located in the southern sky, Caelum is a faint constellation that was a introduced in the 1750s by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.  In Latin, the name means “chisel,” but it was formerly known as Caelum Sculptorium. Caelum Scupltorium is Latin…


Messier 107

Messier 107

Messier 107 is a globular cluster located in the constellation Ophiuchus. Messier 107 is a class X globular cluster, which means that it is very loose, with a very open stellar distribution. M107 has several…


Cepheus

Cepheus

Cepheus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after Cepheus, a king of Aethiopia in Greek mythology. Cepheus has one star with known planets and contains no Messier objects. The brightest star in the…


Messier 106

Messier 106

Messier 106 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs. It is similar in size and luminosity to the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and is one of the brightest, largest nearby…


Tucana

Tucana

Tucana is a constellation of stars in the southern sky, named after the toucan. It is one of twelve constellations conceived in the late sixteenth century by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon…


Messier 105

Messier 105

Messier 105 is a member of the M96 Group, Leo I Group, a group of galaxies that also includes Messier 95, Messier 96, and at least 21 fainter members. M105 is the brightest elliptical galaxy…


Telescopium

Telescopium

Telescopium constellation lies in the southern sky, south of the constellations Sagittarius and Corona Australis. As the name indicates, Telescopum represents the telescope and was was created by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th…


Messier 104 Sombrero Galaxy

Messier 104, also known as the Sombrero Galaxy, is a majestic unbarred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. Messier 104 has an incredibly bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a conspicuous dark…