Podcast: Night-sky targets for April 24-May 1, 2009
The Kite, globular cluster M53, and the Hockey Stick Galaxy are nicely visible in the next few days.
April 23, 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.
M53 resides in the southeastern corner of the constellation Coma Berenices. The cluster shines at magnitude 7.7 and measures about 12' across. A 6-inch telescope will resolve its outer stars well and show the core as broad and dense.
Photo by Al 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 April 24-May 1, 2009
Naked eye: The Kite
Small telescope: Globular cluster M53
8-inch or larger telescope: The Hockey Stick Galaxy
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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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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.
- April 17-24, 2009: Spring Triangle, the Mini Coathanger, and irregular galaxy NGC 4449
- April 10-17, 2009: The Y of Virgo, globular cluster M3, and spiral galaxy NGC 4731
- April 3-10, 2009: The Broken Engagement Ring, globular cluster M68, and the Helix Galaxy
- March 27-April 3, 2009: Coma Berenices Star Cluster, the Stargate, and spiral galaxy M99
- March 20-27, 2009: Constellation Canes Venatici, the Whirlpool Galaxy, and the Whale Galaxy
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