Hello, New Astronomers! The Texas 45 class to observe Spring objects is this Saturday.
To help you prepare, download the SkyMap for April and find these stars, constellations and list objects on the map:
- Polaris, the north star, NCP on the map is the north celestial pole
- Hydra, Leo, and Virgo. In which direction of the sky are they?
- M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy in Virgo
- M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy, north of the star Vindemiatrix in Virgo
- The + sign in the center of the map, represents the zenith, the point directly overhead
- Ursa Major and Canes Venatici, near the zenith
- M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy near the handle of the Big Dipper asterism
- M5 - a globular cluster in constellation Serpens Caput
- M13 - The Keystone Cluster in constellation Hercules
- M92 - another globular cluster in Hercules
- 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