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Mysterious Stars Surround Andromeda's Black Hole - Credit: © 2002 R. Gendler, Photo by R. GendlerThe Andromeda Galaxy photographed with a 12.5-inch telescope by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler.

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Thick blankets of dust surround the predominantly dark region in Barnard 343, a dark nebula in the constellation Cygnus. Astrophotographer Jeffrey O. Johnson took this image from his backyard in Las Cruces, New Mexico. "I took this image after I found the dark area when looking at a star map and looking specifically for dark nebulae. I thought it was fascinating, though I never saw a clear image of it, so I decided to image it myself," Johnson wrote.

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Space Photo of the Day 2013

Informally known as the "Soap Bubble Nebula", this planetary nebula (officially known as PN G75.5+1.7) was discovered by amateur astronomer Dave Jurasevich on July 6th, 2008. It was noted and reported by Keith Quattrocchi and Mel Helm on July 17th, 2008. This image was obtained with the Kitt Peak Mayall 4-meter telescope on June 19th, 2009 in the H-alpha (orange) and [OIII] (blue) narrowband filters. In this image, north is to the left and east is down.

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A Comet and a ClusterThis beautiful image shows the comet Lovejoy as it moves past the Pleiades Cluster. While the Pleiades Star Cluster has been studied for thousands of years, the comet Lovejoy was only discovered in August of 2014 by the amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Terry’s passion for astronomy lead him to discover the first comet from ground-based observation in over 40 years.Credit: AmazingSky.com/Terry Lovejoy

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The Black Eye Galaxy (also known as Galaxy Sleeping Beauty Spiral Galaxy M64, M64 or NGC 4826) was discovered by Edward Pigott in March 1779, and cataloged by Charles Messier in 1780. This galaxy is known by amateur astronomers because it is visible with small telescopes. It is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenice. It is at a distance of 17 million (5.2 Megaparsecs) light years. It has a band of dark dust around its bright nucleus, giving it the name black eye galaxy, or the…

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Stargazing tips for amateur astronomers

Stargazing tips for amateur astronomers #science #space #astronomy

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Your First Telescope: Stargazing Tips for Amateur Astronomers

For the amateur astronomer, Venus is easy to observe because it is the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon.

FirstLight: The Story of a Telescope

Oakland resident Douglas Smith is an architect by training, working as a BIM / CAD manager at the San Francisco offices of internationally-renowned skyscraper architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill. In 2006, co-worker and amateur astronomer David Frey persuaded him to take an amateur telescope-making class at The Randall Museum, taught by famous amateur astronomer John Dobson. It changed his life.