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, 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.
There is more information and detail in our annual book, written by Dr Nick Lomb, ‘The Australian sky guide’. If you are interested in the ‘2010 Australian sky guide’ with information and star maps for months from December 2009 until December 2010 inclusive, plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information, you can purchase it online or at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops from December – or possibly this month. You can check if it’s available yet through Powerhouse Publishing.
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.