Podcast: Night-sky targets February 13-20, 2009
Open cluster M41, the Tau Canis Majoris Cluster, and Thor's Helmet are nicely visible in the next few days.
February 12, 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.
The brightest star in Canis Major, Sirius, forms one of the Winter Triangle's three corners.
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 February 13-20, 2009
Naked eye: Open cluster M41
Small telescope: Tau Canis Majoris Cluster
8-inch or larger telescope:Thor's Helmet
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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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- February 6-13, 2009: Canis Minor, M78, and the Witch Head Nebula
- January 30-February 6, 2009: Heavenly G, NGC 2112, and the Double Bubble Nebula
- January 23-30, 2009: Lepus, the Crab Nebula, and the Raspberry Nebula
- January 16-23, 2009: twin stars Castor and Pollux, the 9-12 Geminorum Cluster, and the Eskimo Nebula
- January 9-16, 2009: Extinct constellation Musca Borealis the Northern Fly, open cluster Collinder 464, and spiral galaxy NGC 2403