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What's in the night sky this month?

Sunday 18th of March

A bright galaxy pair visible in the northern hemisphere between February and May.

M51, the whirlpool galaxy is a spiral galaxy, which is 23+-4Mly away from us in the constellation of Ursa Major.

M94 is an interesting galaxy due to its waves of star formation. Near the nucleus there are chains of pink star forming regions - almost as if some pebble was dropped into this galactic pool of gas.

The Beehive Cluster, also known as Praesepe, M44, is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. It is one of the nearest open clusters to the Solar System

M3 is a globular star cluster of half a million stars located about 35,000 to 40,000 light years from Earth. It is one of the three brightest globular clusters in the northern sky.

The Great Orion Nebula, M42, is located in the 'Sword' part of the constellation of Orion. As well as being the brightest, M42 is perhaps the most famous and most photographed nebula in the night sky.

At a distance of 2.5 million light years M31 is the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way, and conversly the most distant object observable with the naked eye.

Very fine star cluster. M37 is an open star cluster in Auriga, and contains about 150 stars down to magnitude 12.5.

This bright, beautiful spiral galaxy is Messier 64, sometimes known as the Black Eye Galaxy. M64 lies about 17 million light-years distant in the otherwise well-groomed northern constellation Coma Berenices.

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