October 2007 night sky guide and podcast

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a night sky star map or chart for each month of the year (see the link below). We also provide an audio guide of the month’s night sky, presented by one of Sydney Observatory astronomy experts (this link also below). You can listen online, or download the audio onto your ipod or mp3 player.

Sydney Observatory’s Geoff Wyatt helps you to find the constellations: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Grus (the Crane), Crux (Southern Cross – which will be out of our view soon), Delphinus (the Dolphin), Cygnus (the Swan) and Aquila (the Eagle). Geoff brings these constellations alive with myths that have been associated with them (and along the way you’ll learn the derivation of the word ‘panic’).

But there’s more: hear about two nebulae in Aquarius, the Satin Nebula and the Helix Nebula; and about which galaxies we can see in the night sky. And find out when you can see the waning crescent Moon appear near Venus in Leo (the Lion), Venus and Saturn appearing close together (two degrees apart), and the crescent Moon five degrees from Jupiter (in the 13th – yes, the 13th – constellation of Ophiucus).

All this and more in this month’s sky guide podcast.

The night sky map shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from Sydney, Australia, and will also be usable at any other place in Australia. Special directions are given to help you locate the Southern Cross, also called Crux, for any time of the year. The locations of two nearby galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), are also given. Each month’s chart is placed online at the end of the previous month.

The monthly star maps are provided as PDF or portable document format files. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

October 2007 night sky guide map

Read the transcript.

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