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Andromeda Rising

The Andromeda Galaxy is one of a small handful of deep sky objects you can see with your naked eye under dark skies. It's one of an even smaller handful of such objects that is outside our own galaxy. Every planet, every star, every nebula you see in the night sky is part of our own Milky Way galaxy. The Andromeda Galaxy, however, visible as a faint patch of fuzzy sky is another galaxy entirely, bringing light to us that is 2 million years old.

Also visible in this image are neighbors of the Andromeda Galaxy (also known as M31), M32 just below center and M110 above center and to the right. The blue star at left is 35-Nu Andromedae, an easily visible naked-eye star that helps point the way to M31.

Summer is Definitely Over

At GMARS this weekend the high was only 80F and nighttime temps got down to 53F! Another clue that summer is over is how far west Scorpius and Sagittarius are in the early evening sky. Here's a shot looking through my observatory door toward the southwest at the Milky Way.

Dennis Mammana to Host Night Sky Photography Workshop at GMARS

On September 7th & 8th, get about 8 hours of instruction and shooting time with TWAN photographer, Dennis Mammana! Dennis will be at the Riverside Astronomical Society's dark sky site, GMARS, to instruct attendees on photographing the night sky and processing the images. It's a 2-day event that will surely improve your night sky shots or whet your appetite to further explore the hobby. All experience levels are welcome!

Only $99 for RAS members. $119 for non-members.

See the flier for more information or email Dennis at: