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Early winter constellations

December 28, 2010
By Aileen O'Donoghue

The time for spending the evening in the chaise lounge is mostly gone, but it's worth dragging it out and piling on some warm blankets to spend some time feasting your eyes on the sky above. The outer arms of the Milky Way, our home galaxy of around 300 billion stars, arches high across the sky in the evenings of late November and early December. But also visible is the great spiral galaxy in Andromeda, our nearest major cosmic neighbor.



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