Night Sky Update
In this week's Night Sky Update, we take a closer look at a multiple star system that is ideal fro even light polluted skies! Separated by 8 seconds of arc, Xi Cephei is easy to split using only 60x magnification with most telescopes. Can you distinguish the colors of each star?
In this week's Night Sky Update, learn how to use the Big Dipper to locate the open star cluster NGC 188. Continue reading to learn why this open star cluster is extremely old compared to the majority of open star clusters.
In this week's Night Sky Update -- we update you on the status of nova star Del 2013 and introduce a spectacular garnet hued star for you to find in the night sky above St. Louis.
In this week's Night Sky Update -- learn about the planets visible in the St. Louis fall sky and use our instructions to find the constellation Cepheus the King, one of our circumpolar constellations. You will be able to point Cepheus out to your friends and family year round!
In this week's Night Sky Update -- we discuss how you can locate Rho Cassiopeiae, one of twelve known yellow hypergiants, in the night sky. Take the opportunity to observe this very rare star!
In this week's Night Sky Update, we take a closer look at the lesser known open star cluster Stock-2, a member of the Stock catalog (St). This particular catalog originates from German astronomer Jürgen Stock who was studying red stars in open star clusters.
In this week's Night Sky Update -- we look at Venus, the brightest planet in the sky, as it makes another evening apparition becoming visible about 30 minutes after sunset and tell you how to find the remnants of nova star Del 2013 while it is still visible in the night sky!
In this week's Night Sky Update, we welcome the fall constellations to the night sky over St. Louis. Our constellation of the month is Cassiopeia the Queen. Read on to find out how to find Cassiopeia and the open star cluster M52 in the sky.
In this week's Night Sky Update, we take a close look at the often overlooked constellation Scutum the Shield. Scutum is a modern constellation named in 1690 by astronomer Johannes Hevelius. It is located south of Aquila the Eagle and north of Sagittarius.
In this week's Night Sky Update -- we look to Delphinus the Dolphin where you will find a nova star increasing in magnitude. You can observe this once in a lifetime event simply with a pair of binoculars. But hurry quick! The nova star will start fading after this week.