Another video guide – this time centred on the constellation Leo, the guardian of Spring skies in the northern hemisphere. Did you know about the beautiful double star in the Sickle called Algieba? Or the dwarf galaxy visible next to Regulus under the darkest skies?
With special thank to Random Records and artist Kanc Cover for the background music.
A lovely crescent Moon hung in the West for most of the evening
We enjoyed another superb evening of stargazing and storytelling up at Abriachan Forest last Saturday – the last dark sky session until stargazing returns in October 2019.
There were beautiful crisp skies all evening long, allowing me to guide both groups outside for views of the Milky Way and numerous open star clusters like the Hyades, Pleiades, Beehive and the stunning double cluster in Perseus.
We also studied the Orion star forming nebula, the great spiral galaxy in Andromeda and some fainter galaxies in Ursa Major (M81 and M82), and even had a go at sighting the triplet of galaxies in Leo, which some of the keen eyed youngsters successfully glimpsed in the 8×40 binoculars.
Clelland was also back in action with the story of Arden and the birth of Merlin in the roundhouse.
Thanks to everyone who came along. Please check my Facebook site for details of future summer events.
Perseus and the double cluster
Part 3 of my series of Stargazing articles for the Muir Matters magazine, this time concentrating on the abundance of galaxies observable within the Spring constellations Leo and Virgo.