May 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 Melissa Hulbert, an Astronomy Educator 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.

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.

May 2009 night sky map

Read the transcript.

One response to “May 2009 night sky guide and podcast

  • hi there,
    i was sitting at a mates in Balmain/Sydney last night (saturday 16th May) approx 10pm when we noticed what looked like a fireball moving across the sky..we were amazed until we saw another which would have been about a 4 minute gap..and then 2 more to follow..(4 in total)
    We found it extremely strange as they were on fire ..they were way to high for something to catch fire for that long and just keep floating away, and also that they were in a sequence..

    did anybody else see this? i can not find anything on it. it has me puzzled…
    UFO or wat could it be?


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