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The Coathanger

Check out one of the sky’s best asterisms.
Harrington
Not long after my childhood interest in stargazing was first sparked, my parents enrolled me in a summer astronomy program at the Stamford Museum in Connecticut. Each week, we would gather in the museum’s planetarium to learn about the night sky. In between sessions, we were encouraged to view the sky both by eye alone as well as with a telescope or binoculars, if we owned one.

To help guide us at night, we were given a newsprint star atlas that showed the sky’s brighter deep-sky objects plotted among the stars. The atlas was published by American Education Publications and written by the 20th century’s preeminent amateur astronomer and author, Walter Scott Houston.

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