Observations

August 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 this month by Stephanie Parello, Education Officer at Sydney Observatory. You can listen online, or download the audio onto your ipod or mp3 player. Links to the audio and the star map are below.

Highlights to look out for in August include the constellations of Scorpius, Sagittarius and Crux (the Southern Cross), and the planets Venus, Saturn and Jupiter.

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 night sky map PDF (below) 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.

August 2008 night sky map

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2 responses to “August 2008 night sky guide and podcast

  • Hello Bianca. Orion appears upside down simply because we are standing upside down compared to people in the northern hemisphere. And of course most of the constellations were named from the northern hemisphere. If you get your students to look at the sky bending down from between their legs then Orion and the other constellations will appear the way they are normally described.

  • Hi! I am putting together a series of lessons on constellations for primary school students. I need to know why constellations (like Orion) appear “upside” down in the southern hemishpere? Thanks!

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