The Autumn Sky

Two large members of our Local Group of Galaxies are high in the sky – both the Andromeda and the Triangulum Galaxy are rarely observed successfully in a telescope because of their large expansion, although they can be impressive in binoculars. The two other prominent members of the Local Group, the two Magellanic Clouds, are visible only from southern latitudes.

The Milky Way extends during fall from northeast over the zenith to the northwest – in the south we are looking out of the galactic plane, just like in springtime. There are only a few bright deep-sky objects in addition to the galaxies of the Local Group.

The most striking star pattern is the Square of Pegasus, which is also known as autumn quadrangle. One of its key points is α Andromedae, which was earlier listed as part of Pegasus and today marks the end of Andromeda’s star chain.


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