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Astronomy magazine podcast: Three night-sky objects for August 22-28, 2008

Jupiter, the Ring Nebula, and NGC 1 are visible in this week's night sky.
The summer sky
1 a.m. on June 1; 11 p.m. on July 1; 9 p.m. on August 1. Add one hour for daylight-saving time.
Roen Kelly
August 22, 2008
Starting August 22, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, will post a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky during the upcoming week.

In each episode, Michael will highlight:
  • 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 22-28
    Naked eye: Jupiter — The largest planet is brighter than any starlike object.
    Small telescope: M57 — the Ring Nebula, lies in the direction of the constellation Lyra the Harp
    8-inch or larger telescope: NGC 1 — Look for this magnitude 12.8 spiral galaxy 1.4° south of 2nd-magnitude Alpheratz (Alpha [a] Andromedae).
Listen to the podcast:
Downloadable File(s)
You can read the episode's transcript at the Astronomy.com blog. The transcript contains additional links to resources within Astronomy.com to help your observing.

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 (Registration required).

Oh, and we haven't come up with a name for this weekly podcast yet, so feel free to comment at the blog with your ideas.

If you enjoyed this podcast, check out Summer binocular observing with Astronomy Contributing Editor Phil Harrington.

If you would like to subscribe to our podcast through iTunes, click here.
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