Podcast: Night-sky targets for March 13-20, 2009
The constellation Corvus the Crow, open cluster M67, and spiral galaxy NGC 2683 are nicely visible in the next few days.
March 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.
To find M67, trace its southeastern leg away from the Crab's trapezoidal body to the 4th-magnitude star Acubens (from the Latin for "claw"). Center your view on Acubens, then shift your attention to the binocular field's western half. You should spot the dim glow of M67. You might even pick out a few faint stars shining within M67's haze.
Photo by Anthony Ayiomamitis
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 March 13-20, 2009
Naked eye: Constellation Corvus the Crow
Small telescope: Open cluster M67
8-inch or larger telescope: Spiral galaxy NGC 2683
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- March 6-13, 2009: Head of Hydra, NGC 1981, and NGC 1999
- February 27-March 6, 2009: Constellation Columba, globular cluster NGC 1851, and spiral galaxy NGC 1808
- 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