Podcast: Night-sky targets for March 6-13, 2009
The Head of Hydra, open cluster NGC 1981, and reflection nebula NGC 1999 are nicely visible in the next few days.
March 5, 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.
Hydra the Water Snake meanders across the sky. Here are the stars of its head and western half.
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 March 6-13, 2009
Naked eye: Head of Hydra
Small telescope: Open cluster NGC 1981
8-inch or larger telescope: Reflection nebula NGC 1999
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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 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
- January 30-February 6, 2009: Heavenly G, NGC 2112, and the Double Bubble Nebula