NGC6960, The Veil Nebula, in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan)
Evening Highlights (revised 2/24/18):
- The Eagle Nebula (M16) is best viewed between 23:00 and 01:13, and optimally at 00:12. Look for it in Seprens Cauda, up to 32 degrees above the horizon. It is visually difficult in the Meade LX-200 12-inch scope.
- The Veil Nebula (NGC6960), a supernova remnant, approximately 1470 light years from Earth.
- The Omega/Swan Nebula is near the Eagle Nebula, but about 3 degrees lower in the sky, and thus viewable on the same schedule as the Eagle. It is about as bright as the Eagle, and so it also is challenging.
- The North America Nebula (NGC7000), a very large emission nebula, approximately 1600 light years from Earth.
- The Crescent Nebula (NGC6888) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, about 5000 light-years away from Earth.
- The planet Mercury may be briefly visible tonight after sunset. Jupiter (magnitude -2.3) will be a good target after dusk ends, followed by Saturn (magnitude 0.1). Mars (-2.3) will not be visible until near midnight.
- If you arrive by car, please park by 8:20 PM. Bring a chair if you can. Our presentation will start about 8:40, and observing at 9:30.