Observing podcast: Hind's Crimson Star, the Pirate Moon Cluster, and the Embryo Nebula
December 25, 2009-January 1, 2010: Hind's Crimson Star makes a great target for beginning observers, while the Pirate Moon Cluster and the Embryo Nebula provide nice targets for telescope owners.
December 23, 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.
From magnitude 0.9 Aldebaran (Alpha [α] Tauri), move 3.5° northeast, and you'll encounter NGC 1647. Sharp-eyed observers can spot it from a dark site with their naked eyes, but, if you can't, binoculars or a finder scope will bring it in. It spans 40'.
Photo by Phil Harrington
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 25, 2009-January 1, 2010
Naked eye: Hind's Crimson Star
Small telescope: Pirate Moon Cluster
8-inch or larger telescope: Embryo Nebula
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