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Constant Companions: Circumpolar Constellations, Part III

By Kat Troche

In our final installment of the stars around the North Star, we look ahead to the summermonths, where depending on your latitude, the items in these circumpolar constellations are nice and high. Today, we’ll discuss Cepheus, Draco, and UrsaMajor. These objects can all be spotted with a mediumto large-sized telescope under dark skies.

From left to right: Ursa Major, Draco, and Cepheus.
Credit: Stellarium Web.

This composite of data fromNASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope gives astronomers a new look for NGC 6543, better known as the Cat's Eye nebula. This planetary nebula represents a phase of stellar evolution that our sunmay well experience several billion years fromnow.
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI

The Cigar Galaxy.
Credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, and JPL-Caltech

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