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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.
Corvus
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).
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
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.

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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