SH049 – Find M94, NGC 5033, and the Whale Galaxy

In Episode SH049 of Star Hopping…

we’ll examine the Canes Venatici region, where we’ll show you how to locate three impressive galaxies: Messier 94, NGC 5033, and the huge Whale Galaxy, NGC 4631.


Oh we’re so close to our big episode 50 coming in two weeks. I can’t believe that we’ve completed that many episodes already! We’re going to celebrate a little and look back at our joint experience that we’ve had in the last year and a half of Star Hopping. Also, I have some exciting announcements of some big changes coming to Star Hopping. Don’t worry they’re all good. So I’ll fill you in on all that next time, so make sure that you subscribe here on our YouTube channel or on iTunes if you’re a podcast listener.

Onto this week’s episode. So I’ve been mentioning a bit on social media that we are in galaxy hunting mode again, this time of year. The constellations of Ursa Major, Canes Venatici, Leo, and Coma Berenices are loaded with galaxies. And we’ve seen a lot of them already in Star Hopping, but there are still three really good ones that I haven’t done before here so I’m excited to show them to you. So will be starting off with the easiest one, a big and bright galaxy that even those of you with smaller telescopes should have no problem locating. We’ll talk about it right after this break; Stay Tuned.

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Credits for this Episode

  • M94 Image by NOAO
  • NGC 5033 image by NOAO / AURA / NSF
  • Whale Galaxy image by David Hearn / Kissimmee Park Observatory

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