Two open clusters in Canis Major, emission nebula NGC 2316, and spiral galaxy NGC 2280
January 12–19, 2012: Open clusters NGC 2204 and NGC 2243 in Canis Major offer small-telescope owners nice views, while large-telescope owners can seek out emission nebula NGC 2316 in Monoceros and sprial galaxy NGC 2280 in Canis Major.
January 12, 2012
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.
Emission nebula NGC 2316 in Monoceros is a small comet-shaped nebula that lies 1° northwest of open cluster M50.
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Targets for January 12–19, 2012
Small telescope: Open clusters NGC 2204 and NGC 2243
Large telescope: Emission nebula NGC 2316
Large telescope: Spiral galaxy NGC 2280
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