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Monthly Targets - Northern hemisphere - October

M57The iconic Ring Nebula (also known as M57) in the constellation of Lyra is currently visible from all of LCO's northern telescope sites (Hawai'i, Texas, Tenerife). It's a planetary nebula featuring a shell of expanding gas and a central white dwarf in a process similar to that we expect our Sun to undergo in a few billion years time.
NGC891This spectacular edge-on galaxy is in Andromeda at a distance of around 30 million years and is believed to be a similar size and shape to our own Milky Way galaxy. It was featured as an APOD (Astronomical Picture Of the Day) earlier in 2017.

Monthly Targets - Southern hemisphere - October

NGC1316In the southern constellation of Fornax, lies the lenticular galaxy, NGC1316. Its near neighbour NGC1317 is believed to be close enough for the two galaxies to be interacting gravitationally.
30 Dor30 Doradus (also known as the Tarantula Nebula) is an area of massive star formation within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).