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Friday, October 9, 2009

Star Maps - October 2009

I'm a bit late with the star map for this month.
As usual, the object that will be viewed the most will be planet Jupiter. Still bright in the sky, it will be visible all the way to December.

Regarding other objects in the sky, you might that the night sky looks very barren lately. As we enter the last quarter of the year, the constellations do not contain many bright stars so our light polluted sky makes it very difficult to see the majority of the stars illustrated in the Star Map below.

At SCOB, we will try to find a few interesting double stars and star clusters.
Our constellations of the month include Pegasus (a large square shape of stars) and Andromeda (famous for containing the large Andromeda Galaxy). These constellations should be visible towards the North-East on a night without clouds and without moon.

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