Podcast: Night-sky targets for November 14-21, 2008
The Pleiades star cluster, open cluster M34, and the Little Dumbbell Nebula are visible in the next few days.
November 13, 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.
Taurus the Bull is easy to locate with help froom the bright star Aldebaran. From here, it is easy to star-hop to such dazzling star clusters as the Hyades and the Pleiades.
Photo by Astronomy: 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 November 14-21, 2008
Naked eye: Pleiades star cluster (M45)
Small telescope: Open cluster M34
8-inch or larger telescope: Little Dumbbell Nebula (M76)
- Touring Cassiopeia
- October 31 - November 7, 2008: Constellation Lacerta, the Pinwheel Galaxy, and Mirach's Ghost
- October 24-31, 2008: Constellation Triangulum the Triangle, Double Cluster in Perseus, and the spiral galaxy NGC 891
- October 17-24, 2008: Constellation Piscis Austrinus, globular cluster M2, and the Saturn Nebula
- October 10-17, 2008: Constellation Equuleus, double star Albireo, and Polarissima Borealis