From the November 2018 issue

Treasures in Triangulum

The Triangle constellation may be small, but it’s packed with a wealth of worthwhile targets.
By | Published: November 27, 2018 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

As an avid angler, I prefer small ponds over large lakes and reservoirs. Fishing a large body of water can be a daunting task. With hundreds of acres to explore, I could never cover all the hot spots in a day’s time. A 5- to 10-acre pond, on the other hand, can be easily covered in a matter of hours.

It’s the same situation when I switch from fishing to observing. I prefer to “paddle around” a small constellation like Delphinus or Lyra, rather than ride the high seas in a vast stellar aggregation like Virgo or Ophiuchus. With that in mind, let me invite you to one of the night sky’s smallest “ponds,” Triangulum, whose 132-square-degree area is one-tenth that of the largest constellation, Hydra.

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