The Kite asterism, globular cluster M53, and the Hockey Stick Galaxy (NGC 4656)

April 25–May 2, 2013: The Kite asterism is an excellent target for naked-eye observers, globular cluster M53 in Coma Berenices offers small-telescope owners nice views, and large-telescope owners can seek out the Hockey Stick Galaxy (NGC 4656–7) in Canes Venatici.
By | Published: April 25, 2013 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
This week’s small-telescope target, globular cluster M53, lies a little less than 1° northeast of Coma Berenices’ brightest star, magnitude 4.3 Diadem (Alpha [α] Comae Berenices). // 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 April 25–May 2, 2013

Naked eye: The Kite asterism
Small telescope: Globular cluster M53
Large telescope: The Hockey Stick Galaxy