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Observing podcast: Mercury and Venus, spiral galaxy M96, and Coddington's Nebula

April 8-15, 2010: The Eta Carinae Nebula makes a great target for all observers, while the spiral galaxy M95 and the Gamma Leonis group provide nice targets for telescope owners.
April 2010 Venus finder chart
Venus points to Mercury in early April, serving as a helpful guide to the innermost planet. Then, in late April, Venus passes a few degrees south of the Pleiades star cluster (M45).
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
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.

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 April 8-15, 2010
    Naked eye: Mercury and Venus
    Small telescope: Spiral galaxy M96
    8-inch or larger telescope: Coddington's Nebula


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