Podcast: Night-sky targets for October 31-November 7, 2008
Constellation Lacerta, the Pinwheel Galaxy, and Mirach's Ghost are visible in this week's night sky.
October 30, 2008
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.
The Pinwheel Galaxy (M33) in Triangulum is a member of our Local Group. Ware used his 8-inch Meade LX6 at f/10 to create this image. He took 90- and 180-minute exposures on Kodak Technical Pan film and two 60-minute exposures on Fuji HG 400 color film.
Photo by Jason Ware
In each episode, Michael highlights:
- One object you can see without any optical aid
- One object you can see with a small (4-inch) telescope
- One object you can see with at least an 8-inch telescope
Targets for October 31-November 7, 2008
Naked-eye: Constellation Lacerta
Small-telescope: Pinwheel Galaxy
8-inch or larger telescope: Mirach's Ghost
|You can read the episode's transcript at the Astronomy.com blog. The transcript contains additional links to resources within Astronomy.com to help your observing.|
Check out the Astronomy.com's interactive star chart to see an accurate map of your sky. It'll help you locate some of this week's key targets. Astronomy magazine subscribers have access to a slew of cool functions with StarDome PLUS.
After you listen to the podcast and try to find the objects, be sure to share your observing experiences with us by leaving a comment at the blog or in the Reader forums.
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- October 24-31, 2008: Constellation Triangulum the Triangle, Double Cluster in Perseus, and the spiral galaxy NGC 891
- October 17-24, 2008: Constellation Piscis Austrinus, globular cluster M2, and the Saturn Nebula
- October 10-17, 2008: Constellation Equuleus, double star Albireo, and Polarissima Borealis
- October 3-10, 2008: Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the double star Gamma Andromedae, and the Deer Lick Group
- September 26-October 3, 2008: Square of Pegasus, Globular cluster M15, Stephan's Quintet