Observing the Double Stars with Amjad

Evening at 7 PM, I went to bed due to a bit of fever and body pain. And at the same time, electrons stopped flowing. I kept sleeping even in the hotness. When I woke up nearly at 9:15. I checked my mobile phone and there were 4 missed calls and some angry messages by Amjad. I asked him that I was sleeping and now whats the program. He said ok I am coming to you. And at 10:26 he came to my home.

As soon as Amjad entered my street, electrons again stopped flowing. I thought it was perfect for Astronomy. But just when we stepped up to the terrace, electrons started to flow and the sky was filled with light pollution immediately.

I turned on Stellarium on my pc and went out with Amjad at my terrace. We first observed the double star Omega Scorpii in Constellation Scorpius.

Map of Constellation Scorpius

Scorpius is a constellation which is full of celestial wonders. We observed another double star Acrab (Beta 1 Scorpii) out there.

Tried really hard to find the Constellation Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs) near the Bootes. Also took the help of Stellarium and the star Arcturus (Alpha Bootes) but the Constellation couldn’t be located. The brightest star of this constellation is named as Cor Caroli. If one zooms in to Cor Caroli, he find that its actually a double star.

Canes Venatici as drawn by Johannes Hevelius

Canes Venatici is a small constellation but has much deep sky objects.

Map of Constellation Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs

We moved on to observe the Coathanger, a famous group of stars forming a shape as that of a Coat Hanger. It is near to the star Altair (Alpha Aquila). One can easily locate the CoatHanger by drawing a straight imaginary line from Vega (Alpha Lyrae) to Altair (Alpha Aquila) and then moving from A to V and itself it is located in the Constellation Vulpecula (The Fox).

The CoatHanger

It was the first ever time Amjad had observed the Coat Hanger, though I have already observed it pretty much times before but its joyful to watch it again and again.

With the help of Stellarium, I located few more double stars. This time I wanted to observe the double star in Constellation Draco (The Dragon). Easily located that one.

Constellation Draco

The amazing fact about Constellation Draco is that it never sets for the people in Northern Hemisphere. It is always up. The star Thuban (Alpha Draconis) was the pole star around 2700 BC. Near around 21000 AC, it will again become pole star.

Map of Constellation Draco

We then decided to hunt a double star in the Constellation Cygnus. Albireo (Beta Cygni) is a double star at the tail of Cygnus the Swan.

Double Star Albireo in Constellation Cygnus the Swan

Cygnus is also known as the Summer Cross since its shape is that of a cross.

Map of Constellation Cygnus the Swan

By that time, my favorite kind of tea was prepared, we enjoyed it at my terrace. There was cool breeze and the tea was really good. Amjad left my home at 11:36 PM but didn’t leave for his home until 1:30 AM as we kept discussing different topics in the street.

Except the Scorpio, almost all the objects were so high that we needed to lie on the Chaarpai (traditional Pakistani bed) for observing them.

I really enjoyed observing all these objects. Though there was much light pollution which ruined my plan of observing even more double stars, but still we made to many of them.



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    • Shafqat on July 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm
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    Bilal bhai 11:36 AM din ko hote hain raat ko nai. hehehe..
    I think Kadak Doodh Patti dimagh pe ziada charh gai thi apko. hahaha 😀

    1. Shafqat sahab aankhen khol kar dekh len 11:36 PM likha hua hai aur doosra wala AM hai

    • Shafqat on July 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm
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    Bilal bhai correction karli apne..
    per mistake accept nai ki apne.. thats wrong..
    it was 11:36 AM earlier

    1. Proof karo pehle 11:36 AM tha.

    • Shafqat on July 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm
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    Sorry agar muje pata hota k Bilal jhoota he to print screen kar leta 😀

  1. Very nice report indeed. I loved observing all those stars, especially The Coat Hanger.

    • Undisclosed on September 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm
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    im feeling it

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