Podcast: Night-sky targets for January 16-23, 2009
The twin stars Castor and Pollux, the 9-12 Geminorum Cluster, and the Eskimo Nebula are visible in the next few days. We'll help you find them in this week's Astronomy magazine podcast.
January 15, 2009
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.
Gemini harbors a variety of colorful stars and several open clusters for binocular exploration
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 January 16-23, 2009
Naked eye: Twin stars Castor and Pollux
Small telescope: 9-12 Geminorum Cluster
8-inch or larger telescope: Eskimo Nebula
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This episode's transcript contains additional links to resources within Astronomy.com to help your observing.
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.
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