The partial constellation Serpens Caput, M40, and lenticular galaxy M85

May 9–16, 2013: The partial constellation Serpens Caput is an excellent target for naked-eye observers, M40 in Ursa Major offers small-telescope owners nice views, and large-telescope owners can seek out lenticular galaxy M85 in Coma Berenices.
By | Published: May 9, 2013 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
This week’s naked-eye target is part of the sky’s only divided constellation, Serpens the Serpent. Serpens Caput marks the celestial serpent’s head. // Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three or more objects or events you can see in the sky.

Targets for May 9–16, 2013

Naked eye: The partial constellation Serpens Caput
Small telescope: M40
Large telescope: Lenticular galaxy M85