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IC 4603: Reflection Nebula in Ophiuchius

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  • GMB 1830 UMA (Groombridge 1830 Ursae Majoris)

    which lies in southern Ursa Major roughly 17 degrees south of the bowl of the Big Dipper and eight or so degrees southwest of Chara (Beta Canum Venaticorum) in Canes Venatici. It's named after Steven Groombridge (1755-1832), who compiled a catalogue of accurate positions of circumpolar stars as seen from England. Moving at a rate of 7.06 seconds of arc per year against the distant stellar background, it's behind only Barnard's Star in Ophiuchus (10.4 seconds) and Kapteyn's Star in Pictor (8.67 ... Full Details



  • FUIO Newsletter Issue #8

    The Summer Solstice 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published. Since the last newsletter we continue progressing toward our goal of $20,000. Thus far we are over 75% of the way there! Thank you for your continued support. The latest issue include articles on Teaching Excellence, the 60th Anniversary of the UIAS Anniversary, and the VRO Log Cabin. ... Full Details

  • Tips for Star-Gazing

    Professor Emeritus Jim Kaler has some tips for star-gazing. The tips were published recently in the News-Gazette. ... Full Details

  • El Gordo Study

    Felipe Menanteau, professor of Astronomy, is studying El Gordo galaxy cluster using the Hubble telescope. Read more from LAS here. ... Full Details

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