VY Canis Majoris

VY Canis MajorisLocated 3,900 lightyears from earth, this is one of the largest and luminous stars known to man. The red hypergiant star is within the constellation Canis Major and has been the talk of many in the astronomy community. Discovered March 7th 1801, it has continued to be listed as a 7th magnitude star. With no companion stars, its fading luminosity over the centuries has intrigued many scientists and astrologists. So why is it so important? And was 1801 the first time it was discovered, or the first recorded time of its discovery? At one point this was known as the largest star in the universe. Obviously over the years that has changed and it has been overcome by many. This article will describe some of the more interesting parts of VY Canis Majoris and why it has made such an important impact over the years.

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Jupiter Through Telescope

Jupiter Through A TelescopeWhat’s it like viewing Jupiter through a telescope? As the fifth planet from the sun and the largest in the entire solar system, it isn’t hard at all to find it in the sky with the right equipment. In ancient times it was first named after the Roman’s god Jupiter. Its incredible brightness makes it the third brightest object in the night sky, another reason why it is easy to find for first time users of telescopes. Pioneer and Voyager missions have been the main source of exploration with this planet in the earlier days. Recently discoveries have pointed to its immense gravity well and how it vacuum’s certain objects in the solar system. With the high amount of asteroid and comet impacts it takes in place of Earth, what would happen if Jupiter wasn’t in the way? Is Jupiter protecting Earth?

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What Can A Beginner Look At With A Telescope?

What Can A Beginner Look At With A TelescopeAt this point with the power of telescopes rivaling professional equipment, the better question would be what you can’t see. Telescopes have come a long way since the old times, and not only have the lens become clearer, but alignment in many models have been automated. Thanks to the incredible work done by top astrologers and scientists there is a huge database of information to pull data from when doing these computerized alignments. Users after purchasing a telescope have instant access to over 50,000 objects in the database, one that keeps on growing. When freely exploring the sky, there is even software available that allows you to pinpoint and submit your own findings in the galaxy. With such an efficient system it comes down to the type of scope you want to purchase, and whether you would consider a companion telescope specifically for solar phenomenon.

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What To Keep In Mind When Looking At Comets With A Telescope?

What to Keep In Mind When Looking At Comets with a TelescopeComet chasing is a big thing that has caught on over the years and spawned a lot of dedicated groups. With the visual observation of telescopic comets being one of the few things you can’t automate when stargazing, it comes down to technique and mastering the controls of your current telescope. You want one that can align pretty quickly while also having a stable base. Whether choosing slow traction, slow motion, or any other tracking features, you want one that won’t lose track of whatever comet you have your eye on. There are unidentified comets that are harder to follow, then there are the well-known comets that are listed by groups and will give you a head start on following them at night. As long as you understand that comet chasing starts and stops with a great telescope, then you’re already ahead of the game.

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