Archive for February, 2011


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, dominates the view to the south this time of year. It also leads us to the easily found open cluster M41. Containing about 100 stars, M41 (aka NGC2287) is roughly four degrees straight south of Sirius. It’s large dimensions, bright magnitude and easily found location make this cluster a great target for beginning astronomers.