Somewhere in the Milky Way…

Instrument: Canon 800D
camera lens: 125mn
Exposure time: 18s

The Moon invites itself among Jupiter, Saturn and Venus

For a few weeks now, at nightfall, you have been able to observe three very bright stars practically aligned in a south, southwest direction. These are the first stars visible in the early evening, or rather three planets.
The first visible star is Venus, which is practically on the horizon. The second brightest is Jupiter and between these two planets you have Saturn, less bright than the latter but easily observable…


NGC 6888 

NGC 6888 or the Crescent Nebula is a nebula in emission located in the  Cygnus constellation at about 5000 light years.
Photo by FX de Vannes Astronomie
Instrument: 254/1000 on CGEM + 550D
Exposure time: 156*40s
800 ISO

Mercury and the Pleiades

Mercury returns to our sky for a few days in a west-north-west direction. The planet will be visible to the naked eye just above the horizon until May 8, an hour and a quarter after sunset.
But Mercury will not shine alone, it will be accompanied by the magnificent Pleiades. The Pleiades is an open cluster in the constellation Taurus. Its distance is about 444 light years, so it is quite close to our solar system. The cluster contains over 3000 stars, 12 of which are visible to the naked eye.

The new space companies

The space sector is in vogue, with more and more private companies. Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are the best known, but other companies such as Astra and Rocket-Lab satellite launchers or Virgin Galactic in the field of space tourism are taking part in the development of this sector.
These companies are beginning to overshadow national agencies that have to work with them for budgetary reasons, such as NASA with SpaceX.

The Moon and Mars come closer together

On March 19, one hour after sunset, the Moon will approach Mars in a westerly direction. The red planet will be less than two degrees above the Moon.
The crescent Moon will also pass to the right of the star Aldebaran, which belongs to the constellation Taurus.
Aldebaran is a red giant. Its name means the Follower in Arabic. It also represents the eye of the bull in the constellation of the same name. It is the fourteenth brightest star in the sky. The star is 40 times larger than the sun. Aldebaran is located 65 light years from the sun.

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