Podcast: Night-sky targets for December 12-19, 2008
The Hyades star cluster, open cluster M37, and NGC 1275 are visible in the next few days.
December 11, 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 from 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 December 12-19, 2008
Naked eye: Hyades star cluster
Small telescope: Open cluster M37
8-inch or larger telescope: NGC 1275
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Check out the Astronomy.com's interactive star chart to see an accurate map of your sky. This tool will help you locate this week's targets.
You can read the episode's transcript at the Astronomy.com blog. The transcript contains additional links to resources within Astronomy.com to help your observing.
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- December 5-12, 2008: Kemble's Cascade, open cluster M36, and barred spiral galaxy NGC 925
- November 27-December 5, 2008: Venus and Jupiter, open cluster M38, and spiral galaxy NGC 1365
- November 21-28, 2008: Alpha Persei Association, open cluster M103, and spiral galaxy IC 342
- November 14-21, 2008: The Pleiades star cluster, open cluster M34, and the Little Dumbbell Nebula
- Touring Cassiopeia