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What's in the night sky this month?

Saturday 26th of May

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.

Like the others of its type, M27 is a bubble of gas that has been ejected by a star at the end if its life. This twin-lobed nebula is the most spectacular planetery.

M5 is a 5th magnitude globular star cluster in Serpens Caput located about 8 degrees southwest of Alpha Serpentis. It is one of the finest globulars for viewing in the late spring/summer sky.

The Sombrero Galaxy is one of many showpieces of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. Even at a distance of 40 million light years its beauty and mystery are not diminished.

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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