Observations

April 2009 night sky guide and podcast

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides an audio guide/podcast, transcript of that audio, and a sky map or chart each month.

This month’s audio sky guide is presented by Dr Nick Lomb, Sydney Observatory’s Curator of Astronomy. 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 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.

April 2009 night sky map

Read the transcript.

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