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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 2010 Red Planet
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.
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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.

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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