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. We also provide an audio guide of the month’s night sky, presented by one of Sydney Observatory astronomy experts. You can listen online, or download the audio onto your ipod or mp3 player. Links to the audio and the star map are below.
Sydney Observatory’s Allan Kreuiter tells us that Jupiter and its four Galilean moons are a feature of the November night sky, while other planets – Venus, Mars and Saturn, are clearly visible for very early risers. Constellations visible include Sagittarius – and Allan points out that when you look at Sagittarius, you are looking towards the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.
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.
Read the transcript.