With the eQuinox, the hardest part of stargazing is deciding what to view. To make your backyard astronomy even easier this summer, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 favorite targets. Find brightly bursting galaxies, ethereal nebulas and more to fill your nights with sure-to-please skygazing.
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Read on for our picks for the best observing targets this summer.
The remnants of a supernova, or exploding star, from over 10,000 years ago are visible in the constellation Cygnus. The nebula is so large that it’s divided into multiple regions including the Western Veil and the Eastern Veil.
4,100 light years from Earth, the Trifid Nebula appears in three parts (the name means “three-lobe”).
Located in the constellation Sagittarius near the Trifid Nebula, this bright nebula is a hotbed of star formation.
The Eagle Nebula was the star of the Hubble Space Telescope’s famous 1995 “Pillars of Creation” image, which shows the nebula’s star-forming spires of dust and hydrogen gas.
The Iris Nebula is a reflection nebula, or a cloud of dust reflecting the light from nearby stars.
The Dumbbell Nebula is bright, big, and close, delighting viewers with its namesake shape.
This gorgeous spiral galaxy is face-on, meaning viewers from Earth can fully appreciate its shape. The galaxy is about a third the size of the Milky Way.
Another face-on spiral galaxy, the Pinwheel Galaxy in Ursa Major is home to twice as many stars as the Milky Way.
Hercules Globular Cluster
Several hundred thousand stars make up this cluster in the Hercules constellation. It’s bright enough to see with binoculars, but a telescope will reveal even richer detail.
Messier 22, a globular cluster of stars found in the Sagittarius constellation, is one of the brightest clusters visible from mid-latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.