Observing podcast: Algol, spiral galaxy M77, and the Heart Nebula
December 4-11, 2009: The star Algol makes a great target for beginning observers, while spiral galaxy M77 and the Heart Nebula provide nice targets for telescope owners.
December 3, 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 hero Perseus rides the Milky Way, giving it a complement of bright star clusters as well as a famous variable star, Angol.
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 December 4-11, 2009
Naked eye: Algol
Small telescope: Spiral galaxy M77
8-inch or larger telescope: Heart Nebula
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