Observations

October 2008 night sky guide and podcast

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.

Allan tells us about highlights to look out for in the sky this month – and also gives lots of interesting information like the fact that the stars appear in the sky each night four minutes earlier than they did the night before. He explains why Capricorn is a famous constellation, and that, because the Arabs were the best astronomers 1000 years ago, we use Arabic names for some constellations. There is much more in the audio podcast – or you can read it in the transcript (links below).

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.

October 2008 night sky map

Read the transcript.

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