Podcast: Night-sky targets for February 27-March 6, 2009
The constellation Columba, globular cluster NGC 1851, and spiral galaxy NGC 1808 are nicely visible in this week's sky.
February 26, 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.
Columba the Dove, pictured here, is the only surviving constellation named after an object in the Bible. Columba represents the dove that Noah sent out to test whether the waters from the Great Flood had receded. The point in the sky away from which our Sun seems to be heading, known as the solar antapex, lies within the boundaries of this constellation.
Photo by Linda Hall Library
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 27-March 6, 2009
Naked eye: Constellation Columba
Small telescope: Globular cluster NGC 1851
8-inch or larger telescope: Spiral galaxy NGC 1808
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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.
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- February 20-27, 2009: Beehive Cluster, open cluster M50, and the Rosette Nebula
- February 13-20, 2009: Open cluster M41, the Tau Canis Majoris Cluster, and Thor's Helmet
- 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