Astro­nom­i­cal hap­pen­ings

Australian Geographic - - Contents - with Glenn Dawes

Naked eye Early July evenings find Jupiter low in the north-west with Mars and Saturn in the north-east. Late in the month Venus and Mer­cury rise out of the eastern glow, with all five of the naked eye plan­ets vis­i­ble on Au­gust evenings!

Binoc­u­lars Di­rectly above the lid star of Sagittarius’s teapot is the M24 star cloud. This bright oval­shaped re­gion is not sim­ply a star clus­ter; it’s a key­hole through the veil of dark clouds al­low­ing a glimpse of the star-rich hub of the Milky Way.

Small te­le­scope Saturn is well placed in the evening sky, near the bright star Antares. Through any te­le­scope it is a bril­liant view, be­ing near max­i­mum size and with rings near max­i­mum open­ing. Look for the gap in the rings called the Cassini Di­vi­sion.

Glenn Dawes is a co-au­thor of the year­book Astron­omy 2016 Aus­tralia

(Quasar Pub­lish­ing).

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