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January 2008 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. 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 Curator of Astronomy, Dr Nick Lomb, illuminates us with information about stars visible in the southern skies this January in the constellations of Orion, Gemini, Taurus and the Southern Cross. You’ll also find out the best time to see the red planet Mars just below the constellation of Orion.

The free monthly night sky map shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. Each month’s chart is placed online at the end of the previous month. For much more information and detail in star charts for months from December 2007 until December 2008 inclusive, plus information about the Sun and twilight and the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information, we recommend you purchase (only $16.95 and available now) the 2008 Australian sky guide by Sydney Observatory’s Dr Nick Lomb. Available online and at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops.

The free 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.

January 2008 night sky map

Read the transcript.

2 responses to “January 2008 night sky guide and podcast

  • Hello Steve. You are fortunate to be at such a fantastic place to view the sky. By all means start taking astronomical images – if you get some good ones send them in and we will put them on this blog. You will need to connect the camera to the telescope – usually with a T-adaptor with another adaptor for your particular camera. Experiment and take lots of images. Many amateurs take short exposure images of bright objects such as planets and then stack the best images with a program like RegiStax http://www.astronomie.be/registax/. They also do lots of post exposure image processing with PhotoShop or similar programs.

  • Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the good info and I’m stoked that I finely found a good local resource for star gazing. I live in Alice Springs and am a tour guide so I’m regularly out in the middle of no where looking at the sky. I have a Planisphere and I’ve used it to find heaps of constellations but it doesn’t list any planets. In the podcast I heard that Jupiter is nearing the mornings star… sweet! I had no idea what it was and for the life of me couldn’t remember it being there before. I’m lucky (I guess) to be awake before dawn so I can take the people out to watch the sunrise over Uluru and getting up a half hour earlier to look at the early morning sky is easy.

    Good work guys and keep it coming… I’m looking at buying a telescope to take out there and thought it would be a fisrst time buyers guide would be a good idea for a show.

    I’ve been through the blog and checked out the info you have on there and think that the Celestron Astromaster series is good for my purposes. I want to hook up my digital SLR and take photos do you have any advice for a newbie?

    Cheers

    Steve

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