To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a monthly audio guide/podcast, transcript of that audio, and a sky map or chart (links below). This month’s audio sky guide is presented by astronomy expert, Dr Nick Lomb, who was Sydney Observatory’s Curator of Astronomy until December 2009. You can listen online, or download the audio onto your ipod or mp3 player.
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.
For a year’s night sky maps and much more information, you can buy ‘The Australian sky guide’ book by Dr Nick Lomb at Sydney Observatory, Powerhouse Museum, good bookshops or through Powerhouse Publishing.
Read the transcript of the audio podcast. Hear the audio podcast: