NGC6960, The Veil Nebula, in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan)
Evening Highlights (revised 2/24/18):
- The Ring Nebula (M57) , a planetary nebula nearly 2300 light years from Earth.
- The Blue Racquetball, NGC 6572, a smooth disk brighter toward the center, 3,500 light years away is optimally viewed at 22:15 but well situated from dusk until past midnight.
- The Dumbbell Nebula (M27), a planetary nebula, approximately 1360 light years from Earth.
- The Bowtie Nebula, NGC 40, is well situated in Cepheus for viewing until very late in the night. It is 3,700 light years distant, and an easy target.
- The Blinking Planetary Nebula, NGC 6826, at a distance of 3,600 light years will be high up in the sky all night, and should be easily visible in the Meade 12″ scope.
- Four planets are visible in the sky tonight. Venus (magnitude -4.3) can be seen after sunset. Jupiter (-2.1) will be nice in the SSW at dusk, Saturn (0.2) in the southern sky, and Mars (-2.7) will be in the SE at its brightest.
- If you arrive by car, please park by 8:00 PM. Bring a chair if you can. A video on nebulae will be shown at about 8:20. Observing will begin about 9:05.