Podcast: Night-sky targets for December 26, 2008-January 2, 2009
Orion's Belt, open cluster M35, and the Christmas Tree Cluster are visible in the next few days.
December 23, 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.
Paul Gardner is a member of the
University of Central Florida Astronomical Society. He imaged the region on November 13, 2004, from the
Chiefland Star Party in Florida.
Equipment used: Nikon D70 digital camera, 50mm lens at f/2.8, guided with 14-inch Meade LX200 at f/6.3, for a 10-minute exposure
Photo by Paul Gardner
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 December 23, 2008 - January 2, 2009
Naked eye: Orion's Belt
Small telescope: Open cluster M35
8-inch or larger telescope: The Christmas Tree Cluster
Check out the Astronomy.com's interactive star chart to see an accurate map of your sky. This tool will help you locate this week's targets.
This episode's transcript contains additional links to resources within Astronomy.com to help your observing.
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- December 19-26, 2008: The Kids, Pazmino's Cluster, and the Flaming Star Nebula
- December 12-19, 2008: Hyades star cluster, open cluster M37, and NGC 1275
- December 5-12, 2008: Kemble's Cascade, open cluster M36, and barred spiral galaxy NGC 925
- November 27-December 5, 2008: Venus and Jupiter, open cluster M38, and spiral galaxy NGC 1365
- November 21-28, 2008: Alpha Persei Association, open cluster M103, and spiral galaxy IC 342