Podcast: Night-sky targets for May 29-June 5, 2009
The star known as La Superba, globular cluster M80, and Abell 1656 are nicely visible in the next few days.
May 28, 2009
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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.
Asterisms present challenges for beginning observers. Find the Garden Trowel after you survey Antares and the clusters featured.
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 May 29-June 5, 2009
Naked eye: Star known as La Superba
Small telescope: Globular cluster M80
8-inch or larger telescope: Abell 1656
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- May 22-29, 2009: Star V Hydrae, globular cluster NGC 5634, and the Ursa Minor Dwarf
- May 15-22, 2009: Partial constellation Serpens Caput, M40, and lenticular galaxy M85
- May 8-15, 2009: The Lozenge, globular cluster NGC 5694, and spiral galaxy NGC 3521
- May 1-8, 2009: Zubeneschamali, globular cluster M5, and elliptical galaxy NGC 4697
- April 24-May 1, 2009: The Kite, globular cluster M53, and the Hockey Stick Galaxy
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