Open cluster NGC 4609, spiral galaxy M88, and the Antennae
May 3–10, 2012: Open cluster NGC 4609 in Crux offers small-telescope owners a nice view, while large-telescope owners can seek out spiral galaxy M88 in Coma Berenices and the Antennae Galaxies in Corvus.
May 3, 2012
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three or more objects or events you can see in the sky.
The Antennae, an interacting pair of galaxies commonly designated NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, lie 3.6° west-southwest of magnitude 2.6 Gienah (Gamma [γ] Corvi).
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Targets for May 3–10, 2012
Small telescope: Open cluster NGC 4609
Large telescope: Spiral galaxy M88
Large telescope: The Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4039 and 4039)
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