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Almost every observer starts out viewing the objects in the Solar System, or near-sky as it is termed. First are the naked-eye objects: aurorae, noctilucent clouds, meteor showers, sun dogs and pillars, moondogs, rainbows and the like. Telescope owners tend to see more of this stuff because they look up!

Then there are the brightest objects in the sky—the Sun, the Moon, the planets. These are all visible everywhere on Earth. These all display changing features and, due to the Earth’s movement around the Sun, appear at different times of the night throughout the year. The Moon is especially wonderful, displaying a landscape of features to challenge even the best observers, yet terrific in the smallest telescope. With an appropriate solar filter, the Sun becomes the only star on which we can see details. The brighter planets rotate under our gazes so that we see different details from hour to hour. It’s quite a show.

The challenge objects soon follow: comets, asteroids, and planetary moons. One could spend a lifetime within the solar system and never get tired of the endless variety of targets.

But there’s a big Universe out there. Outside our Solar System, the visible Universe stretches almost 14 billion light years away (or at least it did when the light we see was emitted—when we look out into Deep Space we are actually looking back in time—it’s actually quite a bit larger now). First, we run into the objects in our home galaxy, the Milky Way: We see that most of the stars we can see are not single like our Sun, but double or multiple, and display some vivid colors in the telescope. Many of then cluster into aggregates of stars of from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of stars—these are the star clusters. There are two types: the irregular groups we see mostly confined to the plane of the Milky Way, called Open Clusters, and the incredibly dense and populous star clusters grouped in a spherical halo around the center of the Milky Way, called Globular Clusters. It was the location of these Globular Clusters that convinced astronomers that the center of our Milky Way lay 27,000 light years away toward the constellation of Sagittarius.

Also visible in our galaxy are large luminous clouds of gas and dust called Nebulae. These can be bright if they are near to stars or dark if they are not and instead block the light of stars behind them. There is one type of nebula formed by an older star that has thrown off most of its atmosphere into space—these are called Planetary Nebulae because the astronomers of several hundred years ago thought they looked a lot like planets in their telescopes of the time. Today, we know that these nebulae are formed by nearly every star near the end of its life--and that it is through these nebulae that the galaxy is enriched with heavier atoms—the atoms that form the Earth, and you and me. Periodically, a star throws out this envelope of gas and dust in a violent manner and we see it brighten significantly. We then call it a Nova, or, if it is especially violent, a Supernova.

Outside our galaxy, and away through space all the way to the edge of the Universe, lie the nearly quadrillion other galaxies (a million billion). Through amateur telescopes we can see only the nearest few thousand of them. We cannot see very far into the Universe with our modest telescopes. But there is one exception—the Quasars. Formed from extremely violent galactic nuclei, these are visible at much greater distances. One in particular, at a distance of nearly 2 billion light years (yes, looking back in time 2 billion years), is visible in a telescope as small as 5”. We should be glad that these violent events apparently occurred when the Universe was much younger. Life on Earth is very fragile on a galactic scale.

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