WSIG/Texas 45 Spring Class at the Dark Site

April 22, 2017, 7:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Spring Class at the Dark Site

Hello, New Astronomers! The Texas 45 class to observe Spring objects is this Saturday.

Date:  Saturday April 22, 2017
Time:  7 pm
Place:  New bunkhouse for class; then the observatory and field
RSVP:  renegedaly@gmail.com for class; hasbooking@astronomyhouston.org for a bunk

To help you prepare, download the SkyMap for April and find these stars, constellations and list objects on the map:

  1. Polaris, the north star, NCP on the map is the north celestial pole
  2. Hydra, Leo, and Virgo. In which direction of the sky are they?
  3. M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy in Virgo
  4. M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy, north of the star Vindemiatrix in Virgo
  5. The + sign in the center of the map, represents the zenith, the point directly overhead
  6. Ursa Major and Canes Venatici, near the zenith
  7. M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy near the handle of the Big Dipper asterism
  8. M5 - a globular cluster in constellation Serpens Caput
  9. M13 - The Keystone Cluster in constellation Hercules
  10. M92 - another globular cluster in Hercules
  11. NGC 3242, the Ghost of Jupiter, in Hydra

The weather is looking pretty good now, but if it turns bad, I'll call it by noon Friday and we'll try again on the rain date, Saturday May 20, 2017.

Rene Gedaly         Amelia Goldberg
Texas 45 Author   Master Observer
WSIG Co-Chair     WSIG Co-Chair 

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