The Purkinje effect, the White-eyed Pea, and a triplet of galaxies in Draco
June 2-9, 2011: All observers can witness the optical illusion known as the Purkinje effect, while large-telescope owners can seek out the White-eyed Pea and a triplet of galaxies in Draco.
June 2, 2011
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.
This week’s second large-telescope target is spiral galaxy NGC 5985 in the constellation Draco the Dragon. It glows at magnitude 11.1 and measures 5.3' by 2.9'.
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Targets for June 2-9, 2011
Optical effect: The Purkinje effect
8-inch or larger telescope: The White-eyed Pea
8-inch or larger telescope: A triplet of galaxies in Draco
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