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.
By | Published: April 7, 2010 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
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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