SH010 – Find M41, M46/47, and the Tau Canis Majoris Cluster

In Episode SH010 of Star Hopping…

We’ll discuss the Canis Major region, and will show you how to find a set of beautiful Open Clusters, and a bonus object! Check out our star hopping techniques to find Messier 41, Messier 46 & 47, and the Tau Canis Majoris Cluster.

Yay! We’ve completed our first 10 episodes of Star Hopping. That’s a pretty cool milestone, don’t you think?


So this week we will be looking low in the Southern sky, and will be finding some of the most interesting open clusters in the sky, in the constellation of Canis Major, the large dog. Canis Major has many deep sky objects within its borders, as the Winter Milky Way runs through it, but it is primarily known for containing the brightest star in the entire sky, Sirius, the Dog Star. ..

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Credits for this Episode

  • Star Chart Images & Simulations Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy
  • M41 image by the Twin City Amateur Astronomers
  • M46  image by David Hearn / Kissimmee Park Observatory
  • Tau Canis Majoris image by Sunnymeade Astro

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