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February 2016 night sky guide and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on February 1, 2016 No Comments

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a guide and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Melissa Hulbert, Sydney Observatory’s Astronomy Programs Coordinator.
In the February sky guide, as well as showing us where to find the constellations Pegasus, Orion and Taurus, and the star clusters, Hyades and Pleiades, Melissa tells us the best times to see the dawn celestial gathering of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below) and an February 2016 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

Star Map Feb 2016

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January 2016 night sky guide and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on January 4, 2016 No Comments

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a guide to the night sky and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Dr Nick Lomb, Sydney Observatory’s past Curator of Astronomy and Dr Andrew Jacob, Sydney Observatory’s Curator of Astronomy.

Nick and Andrew take us on a tour of the stars and constellations prominent in the January sky, including Betelgeuse and Rigel in Orion, Aldebaran in Taurus, and Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, in the constellation Canis Major. In the mornings Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars will be visible.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below) and a January 2016 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

Star Map Jan 2016

BUY THE BOOK
Our annual book, ‘The 2016 Australasian sky guide’ by Dr Nick Lomb has more information and star maps for months from December 2015 until December 2016 inclusive, plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information. You can purchase it ($16.95) at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops or other good bookshops, or online through Powerhouse Publishing (additional packing/postage costs apply).

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December 2015 night sky guide podcast, transcript and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on December 1, 2015 No Comments

Geoff Wyatt operating the telescope in the north domeTo help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides an audio guide/podcast, transcript of that audio, and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Geoffrey Wyatt, Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory (pictured at right).

The warm summer evenings in December provide an excellent opportunity to go outside and enjoy a comfortable view of the night sky. The clouds of Magellan, our closest visible galaxies, are easily seen in the south from dark locations. The famous ‘saucepan’ or Orion’s belt and sword dominate the eastern sky along with the dazzling Sirius the dog-star. The Geminid meteor shower peaks early mid month and is one of the best chances to see shooting stars all year. Geoffrey Wyatt from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ Sydney Observatory will help you navigate through the brighter stars, constellations, lore and December’s key events. For this and more, listen to the December 2015 night sky guide audio, or read the transcript below.

HEAR THE AUDIO
You can subscribe with iTunes or upload the audio to your iPod or mp3 player, or listen to it on your computer.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below) and a December 2015 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

December 2015 night sky chart

BUY THE BOOK
Our annual book ‘The 2016 Australasian sky guide’ by Dr Nick Lomb has more information and star maps for months from December 2015 until December 2016 inclusive, plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information. You can purchase it ($16.95) at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops or other good bookshops, or online through Powerhouse Publishing (additional packing/postage costs apply).

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November 2015 night sky guide and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on November 1, 2015 4 Comments

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a guide and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Melissa Hulbert, Sydney Observatory’s Astronomy Programs Coordinator.
In the November sky guide, as well as showing us where to find the constellations Pegasus, Orion and Taurus, and the star clusters, Hyades and Pleiades, Melissa tells us the best times to see the dawn celestial gathering of the planets Venus, Mars and Jupiter with the Moon.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below) and an November 2015 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

Star Map Nov 2015

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October 2015 night sky guide and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on October 1, 2015 No Comments

Orionids meteor shower expected to peak on 21 October

Dr Andrew JacobTo help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a written guide and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Dr Andrew Jacob (pictured, right), Curator of Astronomy at Sydney Observatory.

This month, find out how to find the South Celestial Pole, and where to find stars and constellations including Crux (the Southern Cross) and the Pointer stars, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the bright star Antares at the heart of Scorpius. Andrew also tells us about some good photo opportunities from the 10th and particularly the 26th onwards with Jupiter, Mars, Venus and the Moon in the pre-dawn sky. And of course, there is the Orionids meteor shower to look out for during the nights and pre-dawn during October.

For all this and more read the transcript below.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below) and a October 2015 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

Star Map Oct 2015

BUY THE BOOK
Our annual book, ‘The Australasian sky guide’, by Dr Nick Lomb has more information and star maps for months from December until December inclusive, plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information. You can purchase it ($16.95) at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops or other good bookshops, or online through Powerhouse Publishing (additional packing/postage costs apply). You can buy the 2015 book now, or wait until November and buy the 2016 edition.

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August 2015 night sky guide and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on August 1, 2015 2 Comments

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a guide and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Melissa Hulbert, Sydney Observatory Astronomy Programs Coordinator.
Mel suggests stars and constellations to look out for this month include Scorpius, with the red star at its heart, Antares; Sagittarius (which looks more like a teapot than a centaur); Crux – more commonly known as the Southern Cross; and Ophiuchus, the 13th sign of the zodiac! Mel also tells us the best times and dates to try to see the planets Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below) and an August 2015 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

Star Map Aug 2015

BUY THE BOOK
Our annual book, ‘The 2015 Australasian sky guide’, by Dr Nick Lomb has more information and star maps for months from December 2014 until December 2015 inclusive (next year’s, likely to be available from November, will have months from December 2015 to December 2016), plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information. You can purchase it ($16.95) at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops or other good bookshops, or online through Powerhouse Publishing (additional packing/postage costs apply).

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July 2015 night sky guide podcast, transcript and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on July 3, 2015 4 Comments

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides an audio guide/podcast, transcript of that audio, and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Dr Andrew Jacob, Sydney Observatory’s Curator of Astronomy.

Andrew guides us through July stars, constellations and a globular cluster, and also includes intriguing facts such as this: if Antares (the star that is the heart of the Scorpion) were in the position of our Sun, it would engulf not only Earth but also Mars. Lucky for us it’s where it is, in Scorpius.

There is quite a choice of planets you can find this month with Andrew’s help, some at night, some early in the morning. To find out when and where to look for Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in the evening and for Mercury in the morning, read the transcript below.

HEAR THE AUDIO
Audio coming soon!

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below) and a July 2015 night sky chart as a printable PDF which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

Star Map for July 2015

BUY THE BOOK
Our annual book, ‘The 2015 Australasian sky guide’, by Dr Nick Lomb has more information and star maps for months from December 2014 until December 2015 inclusive, plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information. You can purchase it ($16.95) at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops or other good bookshops, or online through Powerhouse Publishing (additional packing/postage costs apply).

READ THE TRANSCRIPT (after the jump)

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Geoff Wyatt using the north dome telescope, image courtesy AAP Reuters

Geoff Wyatt using the north dome telescope, image courtesy AAP Reuters

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides an audio guide/podcast, transcript of that audio, and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Geoffrey Wyatt, Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory.

Geoff’s enthusiasm and humour are captivating but based on sound science, and enriched with stories of historical and cultural aspects of astronomy, including Indigenous and Greek myths. According to some Indigenous communities, there is an Emu in the sky (see picture, below).

The EmuGeoff reckons that June is a great month to see the brightest part of the Milky Way high overhead. So go on, get a blanket and a torch with red cellophane on the front, your free sky chart and audio (below) and go outside, and look up at the wonder of the Universe.

HEAR THE AUDIO
You can subscribe with iTunes or upload the (49 mins) audio to your iPod or mp3 player, or listen to it on your computer.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below) and a June 2015 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

Star Map June 2015

BUY THE BOOK
Our annual book, ‘The 2015 Australasian sky guide’, by Dr Nick Lomb has more information and star maps for months from December 2014 until December 2015 inclusive, plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information. You can purchase it ($16.95) at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops or other good bookshops, or online through Powerhouse Publishing (additional packing/postage costs apply).

READ THE TRANSCRIPT (after the jump)

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May 2015 night sky guide transcript and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on May 1, 2015 3 Comments

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a written guide and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Melissa Hulbert, Sydney Observatory’s Astronomy Programs Coordinator.

Mel guides you to find the constellations, Orion, Scorpius and Crux (the Southern Cross), along with related ancient Greek and Australian Indigenous astronomical mythologies. She also helps you find some star clusters, including the Jewel Box. And she tells us what to look out for in the May skies.

There’s a lot happening in our sky this month, so read the transcript below for more details.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map below (please be patient as it can take a little while to load) and a May 2015 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

BUY THE BOOK
Our annual book, ‘The 2015 Australasian sky guide’, by Dr Nick Lomb has more information and star maps for months from December 2014 until December 2015 inclusive, plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information. You can purchase it ($16.95) at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops or other good bookshops, or online through Powerhouse Publishing (additional packing/postage costs apply).

READ THE GUIDE (after the jump)

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March 2015 night sky guide transcript and sky chart

Published by Melissa Hulbert on March 1, 2015 9 Comments

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides an audio guide/podcast, transcript of that audio, and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s guide is presented by Geoffrey Wyatt, Sydney Observatory’s Education Program Producer.

If you’re not sure how to find your way around the night sky, Geoff presents some easy tips for how you can find angles above the horizon just using your fist, fingers and arm – and it doesn’t matter how old or big you are as the sizes of your fist, fingers and arms are proportional with the rest of you – so it works for everyone!

Geoff takes us on a tour of the stars and constellations prominent in the March sky, including the bright star Aldebaran in the constellation of Taurus, and the bright star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion.

Geoff’s fascinating talk is enriched with historical and mythological astronomical references – ranging across cultues including Indigenous Australian, Arabic and ancient Greek.

SEE THE SKY CHART
We provide an embedded sky map (below – please be patient as it can take a little while for it to load) and a March 2015 night sky chart (PDF) which shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

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