n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Deepsky delights




Extracted from text ... 107 june 2005 deepsky delights Deepsky Delights by Magda Streicher [magda@pixie.co.za] Sparkling clusters in Norma The constellation Norma ("Regula, the Level and Square") is the neglected forefront that indicates the centre of our Milky Way, spreading its breathtaking soft band during our winter months. Located just to the south of Scorpius, between Lupus and Ara, it consists of stars fainter than 4th magnitude. Norma's many star clusters come in a surprising variety. The first step in exploring the region is to locate gamma-2 Normae (mv = 4.0), a bright yellow stars that, together with eta, epsilon, and delta, forms the Norma square. Situated just 27? northwest is gamma-1, a light yellow 4.9 mag star. The minute cluster Lynga 8 is only 3? from gamma-2. ..


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