Podcast: Night-sky targets for August 7-14, 2009
This week, the Moon passes in front of the Pleiades, Jupiter's at its brightest, and NGC 6940 (Mothra) makes a nice target for telescope owners.
August 7, 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.
Jupiter shines brilliantly at magnitude –2.9 when it peaks in mid-August. It hasn’t shone this brightly since October 1999.
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 August 7-14, 2009
Naked eye: The Moon passes in front of the Pleiades
Small telescope: Jupiter at its brightest
8-inch or larger telescope: NGC 6940 (Mothra)
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