Podcast: Night-sky targets for May 15-22, 2009
The partial constellation Serpens Caput, M40, and lenticular galaxy M85 are nicely visible in the next few days.
May 14, 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.
M85 is a lenticular galay in the constellation Coma Berenices that shines at magnitude 9.1, which makes it one of the sky's brightest galaxies.
Photo by NOAO/AURA/NSF
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 May 15-22, 2009
Naked eye: The partial constellation Serpens Caput
Small telescope: M40
8-inch or larger telescope: Lenticular galaxy M85
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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.
- May 8-15, 2009: The Lozenge, globular cluster NGC 5694, and spiral galaxy NGC 3521
- May 1-8, 2009: Zubeneschamali, globular cluster M5, and elliptical galaxy NGC 4697
- April 24-May 1, 2009: The Kite, globular cluster M53, and the Hockey Stick Galaxy
- 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
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