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Asterism hunt

Target some unofficial patterns of stars.
RELATED TOPICS: ASTERISMS
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Backyard astronomers are always on the lookout for new and exotic binocular or telescope targets. A dyed-in-the-wool seeker of Messier and NGC objects might turn to double stars for a change of pace. Carbon stars, those rubies of the night sky, have become popular in recent years. And now comes the newest treat on the cosmic menu — asterisms.

An asterism is a pseudo constellation. It may be part of an officially recognized constellation like the Big Dipper in Ursa Major. Or it might take stars from several groups. The Summer Triangle — which borrows the 1st-magnitude stars Vega from Lyra, Altair from Aquila, and Deneb from Cygnus — comes to mind.

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