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Jonathan Sabin, the president of the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, regularly takes his telescope to public events to encourage others to look at the skies. Brynn Mechem

Exploring the skies

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Jonathan Sabin, the president of the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, regularly takes his telescope to public events to encourage others to look at the skies. Brynn Mechem

Andy Harrell says he enjoys taking photos of deep sky objects because it shows a person how big the galaxy is. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Andy Harrell says he enjoys taking photos of deep sky objects because it shows a person how big the galaxy is. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

A nebula is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

A nebula is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

IC 2177, or the Seagull Nebula, lies between the constellations Monoceros and Canis Major. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

IC 2177, or the Seagull Nebula, lies between the constellations Monoceros and Canis Major. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Sh2-308 is an interstellar atomic hydrogen region located near the center of the constellation Canis Major. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Sh2-308 is an interstellar atomic hydrogen region located near the center of the constellation Canis Major. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

The Andromeda Galaxy is the furthest thing the human eye can see without any magnification. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Andromeda Galaxy is the furthest thing the human eye can see without any magnification. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Herbig-Haro objects such as this one are small-scale regions that signify an area where stars are forming. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Herbig-Haro objects such as this one are small-scale regions that signify an area where stars are forming. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

The NGC 2264 nebula identifies two astronomical objects as a single object: the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The NGC 2264 nebula identifies two astronomical objects as a single object: the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Sh2-261, or the Lower's Nebula, appears to the human eye to be twice the size of the moon, but in reality is several lightyears across. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Sh2-261, or the Lower's Nebula, appears to the human eye to be twice the size of the moon, but in reality is several lightyears across. Photo courtesy Andy Harrell

M 16, or the Eagle Nebula, spans more than 70 lightyears across and 55 lightyears tall. Photo courtesy Sean McDonald

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

M 16, or the Eagle Nebula, spans more than 70 lightyears across and 55 lightyears tall. Photo courtesy Sean McDonald

NGC 2359, more commonly known as Thor's Helmet, is an emission nebula 11,970 light years from Earth. Photo courtesy Sean McDonald

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

NGC 2359, more commonly known as Thor's Helmet, is an emission nebula 11,970 light years from Earth. Photo courtesy Sean McDonald

A total solar eclipse is not noticeable until about 90% of the sun is covered by the moon. Photo courtesy Jonathan Sabin

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

A total solar eclipse is not noticeable until about 90% of the sun is covered by the moon. Photo courtesy Jonathan Sabin

A blood moon occurs when the moon is fully in Earth's shadow. At the same time, a little bit of light from Earth's sunrises and sunsets falls on the surface of the moon. Photo courtesy Jonathan Sabin

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

A blood moon occurs when the moon is fully in Earth's shadow. At the same time, a little bit of light from Earth's sunrises and sunsets falls on the surface of the moon. Photo courtesy Jonathan Sabin

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