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ASA OBSERVATION BLOG: MESSIER 13

It has been cloudy for the past 2 nights in the observatory, halting Messier Object observation for a short while. At around midnight, fortunately, the night sky cleared out and had a chance to image one prominent star cluster.

For today’s observation log, here is the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (also known as Messier 13, or NGC6205) taken from Al Sadeem Observatory using Meade LX850 16″ SCT and SBIG STT-8300MM CCD camera. read more

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MESSIER 5

Falsoe-color image of M5. Image taken from Al Sadeem Observatory with Meade LX850 16 inches telescope and SBIG STT-8300M CCD camera.

Black and White image of M5. Image taken from Al Sadeem Observatory with Meade LX850 16 inches telescope and SBIG STT-8300M CCD camera.

 

Messier 5 (M5) is a bright globular cluster can be seen in the northern constellation Serpens.

The cluster located at a distance of 24,500 light years from Earth, in the galactic halo of the Milky Way. It is designation as NGC 5904 in the New General Catalogue.

M5 has an apparent magnitude of 6.65, and it can be seen without binoculars, only under extremely dark skies and it only viewed as a faint star near the star 5 Serpentis. M5 revealed as a fuzzy patch of light with binocular, and it will show a bright glowing core on a small telescopes.

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS APRIL 2018?

With clear sunny skies and temperatures gradually rising, we are now in the transition period towards the summer season here in the UAE. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the new month? The following is a list of astronomical events for April 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS MARCH 2018?

Winter is about to end soon! Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the new month? The following is a list of astronomical events for March 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more

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THE LUNAR TRIFECTA – SUPER BLUE MOON ECLIPSE 2018!

Right after sunset of January 31, 2018, a rare lunar phenomenon known as the Super Blue Blood Moon was seen at moonrise by numerous astronomy enthusiasts in the UAE. read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS FEBRUARY 2018?

January has ended and we now look forward to a brand new month for. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for this coming month? The following is a list of astronomical events for February 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

 

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS JANUARY 2018?

It’s the brand new year 2018. Let’s look forward to more awesome astronomy. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the new month? The following is a list of astronomical events for January 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more

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ENJOY THE COOL HOLIDAYS! THE DECEMBER SOLSTICE IN THE UAE

People Camping in the Winter (Image Credit: Thabet Al Qaissieh)

It is no doubt both weather-wise and astronomically, the most pleasant season in the UAE has come when people of different cultures are feeling the cold breeze and wear warm-up attire such as jackets, beanies and neck scarves, as well as do family gatherings for the upcoming holidays. read more