To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a 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 Allan Kreuiter, 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.
A constellations to look out for in September is Sagittarius which is at the centre of our galaxy, and within which you can also look for nebulae – Allan gives more details in the podcast – or you can find out by checking the transcript (link below).
A planetary line up to look out for around 7pm on 12 September will be the reddish planet Mars, the bright planet Venus, and the faint planet Mercury, nice and close together in the western sky.
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, you can purchase 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.
Read the transcript.