Asterisms, the Hidden Jewels by Magda Brits Streicher

Ever sit at the telescope and wonder which next object to adore through dark adapted eyes - perhaps another cluster, globular or nebulae? Well, instead, search the ared around and you might find a few stars in a kind of grouping that is scattered all over the starry skies. To observe deep sky objects is one thing, but there may be a gem in the area just waiting to be discovered in exceptionally small star groupings.

Asterisms are decidedly among the most exciting star groupings for launching a celestial search, either through the telescope or by using a star program, followed by a telescope observation. Star asterisms are full of fun with vivid imagination, and the nice thing is the story-telling part of these small groupings, with their fewer stars than the usual known larger open clusters.

Asterisms can take on various forms, but their stars do not, in most cases, share a proper motion through space at all times.

The universe is full of the unknown, and the more I explore and get to know the night sky, the more my appreciation of it all increases.

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