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Observing podcast: Double star Algieba, Saturn, and the Eight-Burst Nebula

March 19-26, 2010: The double star Algieba makes a great target for all observers, while Saturn and the Eight-Burst Nebula provide nice targets for telescope owners.
March 2010 saturn finder chart
The ringed planet reaches peak visibility the night of March 21/22, when it lies opposite the Sun in our sky and remains visible all night. You can find it climbing in the east after darkness falls.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
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 March 19-26, 2010
    Naked eye: The Double star Algieba
    Small telescope: Saturn
    8-inch or larger telescope: The Eight-Burst Nebula


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