Monthly Targets

Every month we identify 2 exciting objects in each of the Northern and Southern hemispheres that you can observe with the Faulkes Telescopes. Instructions on how to best observe the objects are also given, so all users can take some incredible images of these objects each month. Simply click on one of the objects below to find out more.

Object NameBrief DescriptionTarget MonthPriority
M101M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy, is a face-on spiral galaxy in Ursa Major. It's radius of ~ 80,000 light years means it's on a simiilar scale to our own Milky Way.JuneInteresting
M66M66 in the Leo Triplet is a spiral galaxy with spectacular dust lanes and star forming regions. M66 is about 95 thousand light-years in diameter bright star and is part of the Leo Triplet, a group of galaxies which includes M65 and NGC 3628. <div><br /></div>JuneInteresting
NGC253NGC253, the Sculptor Galaxy, also known as the Silver Dollar Galaxy. This is a spectacular spiral galaxy still undergoing star formation and classified as a starburst galaxy. It is thought to have a central supermassive black hole with a mass of around 5 million Suns making it a little more massive than the black hole at the centre of our Galaxy.JuneInteresting
47 Tuc47 Tucanae is one of the most massive globular clusters. It's found in the southern constellation of the toucan and is the second brightest globular cluster in the night sky behind Omega Centauri. It is 120 light years across and is thought to contain around 500,000 stars.June Interesting
Arp271Arp271 is a pair of interacting galaxies, located around 90 million light years away.MayInteresting
M92M92 is a globular cluster of stars, visible in the Northern hemisphere. It is one of the brightest globular clusters in the Milky Way and also one of the oldest.MayInteresting
NGC 5897NGC 5897 is a globular cluster, discovered by William Herschel in 1784.MayInteresting
M27M27, or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula which lies around 1,360 light year away.MayInteresting
M83 - Spiral GalaxyMessier 83 is a spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light years away. AprilInteresting
M7 - Open ClusterMessier 7 is an open cluster in the Scorpious constellation. AprilInteresting