Observations

February 2009 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 Melissa Hulbert, one of Sydney Observatory’s Astronomy Educators. You can listen online, or download the audio onto your ipod or mp3 player. Links to the audio and the star map are below.

For February 2009 – in this International Year of Astronomy – Mel enlightens us with information about constellations, star clusters, and some special planet groupings to look out for this month.

This and 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 2008 until December 2009 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 2009 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.

February 2009 night sky map

Read the transcript.

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