Podcast: Night-sky targets for October 17-24, 2008
The constellation Piscis Austrinus, globular cluster M2, and the Saturn Nebula are visible in the next few days.
October 16, 2008
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.
1 a.m. on September 1; 11 p.m. on October 1; 9 p.m. on November 1. Add one hour for daylight-saving time.
Photo by Roen Kelly
In each episode, Michael highlights:
- One object you can see without any optical aid
- One object you can see with a small (4-inch) telescope
- One object you can see with at least an 8-inch telescope
Targets for October 17-24, 2008
Naked eye: Piscis Austrinus
Small telescope: Globular cluster M2
8-inch or larger telescope: Saturn Nebula (NGC 7009)
- October 10-17, 2008: constellation Equuleus, double star Albireo, and Polarissima Borealis
- October 3-10, 2008: Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the double star Gamma Andromedae, and the Deer Lick Group
- September 26-October 3, 2008: Square of Pegasus, Globular cluster M15, Stephan's Quintet
- September 19-26, 2008: Venus, the Dumbbell Nebula, and NGC 7006
- September 12-18, 2008: Delphinus, the Double Double, and the Blue Snowball