SH047 – Find M95, M96, and M105

In Episode SH047 of Star Hopping…

We’ll examine the Leo region, and show you how to find three famous galaxies found in the central part of that regal constellation: Messier 105 with its two close NGC galactic neighbors, and the pair of galaxies less than a degree apart: M95, and M96.


Welcome to the first episode of Star Hopping in 2017! I hope this new year brings you an increasing appreciation and enjoyment of the night sky. And I will do everything in my power to let you do just that, with more Star Hopping episodes with interesting deep sky objects to learn about and locate.

The new year will be bringing some changes to Star Hopping and Kissimmee Park Observatory – all for the better. We’re going to be refocusing our internet presence a little better to support the Star Hopping brand. I’m in the process of acquiring a couple new domains, and if that’s successful, we’ll be moving the Star Hopping show to its own domain and potentially to its own YouTube channel. We’ll be keeping the Kissimmee Park Observatory website as is, but all the Star Hopping content will be moved to its new home. More details on that in the coming months.

Well let’s move on to our Star Hopping episode for this week. Later in the evening, after Orion, Canis Major, and Gemini are all flying high near the zenith, we start to see the backwards question mark of Leo the Lion rising in the east. As you may know, the rising of Leo is the sign that you will be starting to see galaxies in your eyepiece. All three of our targets this week are galaxies and they lie right in the middle of this regal constellation. We’ll check them out, right after this message…

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Credits for this Episode

  • Star Chart Images & Simulations Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy
  • M95 image by VLT / ESO
  • M105 image by Siggi Kohlert

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