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Constellations: Cygnus PDF Print E-mail
Also known as The Northern Cross, Cygnus is a constellation of the Northern Hemisphere. Cygnus represents a flying swan located in the Milky Way. The principal star, Deneb, which marks the tail of the swan, forms part of The Summer Triangle with Altair and Vega. NGC7000 is visible to the left of Deneb and is the North American Nebula.
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Constellations: Hercules and Lyra PDF Print E-mail
Although the 5th largest constellation in the sky, Hercules is not very prominent. It represents a kneeling man with one foot on the head of the dragon Draco.

Look out for M13 (NGC 6205), a magnificent 6th magnitude globular cluster, the brightest visible from Northern latitudes. It contains around 300,000 stars. It is just visible with the unaided eye. Binoculars and small telescopes show it well.

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Constellations: Corona Borealis and Bootes PDF Print E-mail
With the exception of Alphecca (Gemma), Corona Borealis, the northern Crown, is a faint constellation of the Northern Hemisphere, and is the counterpart to Corona Australis - The Southern Crown - in the Southern Hemisphere.  Alphecca represents the central jewel of the crown, hence its English name, Gemma. The Principal star is:  Alfecca (Gemma) Alpha Coronae Borealis, magnitude 2.2.
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Constellations: Ursa Major PDF Print E-mail
Probably the best known and third largest, of all the constellations, Ursa Major is also known as the Plough, Big Dipper, the Great Bear or Saucepan. It is used as a kind of Celestial signpost. If you draw an imaginary line from Merak through Dubhe and continue five times as far as Dubhe is from Merak, you will find Polaris, the Pole Star. If you now draw an imaginary line along the handle of the dipper and continue the arc across the sky, this will lead you Arcturus in the constellation Boötes.
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Comet C/2006 M4 (Swan) PDF Print E-mail

A COMET TO ENJOY
by Martin McKenna

Comet SWAN is currently the brightest comet in the night sky and its swim through the evening sky keeps it very well placed for observation in the UK. This comet has caused much interest among comet enthusiasts since it emerged from behind the sun during late September with its magnitude running brighter than predicted. With your binoculars and telescopes why not follow this fleeting visitor from night to night as you trace its ghostly tail passing through a background of stars and galaxies.

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