Podcast: Night-sky targets for March 27-April 3, 2009
The Coma Berenices Star Cluster, the Stargate, and spiral galaxy M99 are nicely visible in the next few days.
March 26, 2009
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.
Coma Berenices lays claim to one of the largest star clusters (Melotte 111) and most beautiful galaxies (NGC 4565) in the sky.
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
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 March 27-April 3, 2009
Naked eye: Coma Berenices star cluster
Small telescope: Stargate
8-inch or larger telescope: Spiral galaxy M99
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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.
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- March 20-27, 2009: Constellation Canes Venatici, the Whirlpool Galaxy, and the Whale Galaxy
- March 13-20, 2009: Corvus the Crow, M67, and NGC 2683
- March 6-13, 2009: Head of Hydra, NGC 1981, and NGC 1999
- February 27-March 6, 2009: Constellation Columba, globular cluster NGC 1851, and spiral galaxy NGC 1808
- February 20-27, 2009: Beehive Cluster, open cluster M50, and the Rosette Nebula