The Night Sky - May 2019
High Lights of the Month
Three Open Clusters
Looking northwest in the evening of the 6th, at an elevation of approx 35 degrees the 'W' shaped constellation of Cassiopeia can be observed. Up to the left lies Perseus with its bright star Mirphak which lies at the heart fo the Alpha Persei Cluster. Between Cassiopeia and Perseus the Perseus Double Cluster can be seen with binoculars or a small telescope. These are relatively young with an age of 13 million years and lie at a distance of 7,500 light years. There are more than 300 blue-white supergiant stars in each cluster.
Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine
|Weymouth Astronomy Estab 2006|