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.
Read the transcript.