Observing podcast: Mars, open cluster M46, and the Intergalactic Wanderer
January 29-February 5, 2010: Mars makes a great target for all observers, while open cluster M46 and the Intergalactic Wanderer provide nice targets for telescope owners.
January 28, 2010
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.
The Red Planet looms large this month as it comes close to Earth. A small telescope will reveal dusky surface markings and the icy north polar cap.
Photo by ESA/MPS
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 January 29-February 5, 2010
Naked eye: Mars
Small telescope: Open cluster M46
8-inch or larger telescope: Intergalactic Wanderer
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