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Kemble's Cascade

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Kemble's Cascade

A picturesque chain of unrelated stars is visible with
strong binoculars towards the constellation of

Known as
Kemble's Cascade, the
asterism contains about 20

stars nearly in a row stretching
over five times the width of a
full moon.

Made popular by astronomy enthusiast
Lucian Kemble (1922-1999),
these stars appear as a string only from our direction in the
Milky Way Galaxy.

The above photograph of
Kemble's Cascade was made with a small telescope in
New Mexico,

The bright object near the bottom left is the relatively compact
open cluster of stars known as
NGC 1502.

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