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Sydney Observatory night sky map

A map for each month of the year, to help you learn about the night sky

June 2013
www.sydneyobservatory.com

The star chart shows the stars and constellations visible in the night sky for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth for June 2013 at about 7:30 pm (local standard time). For Darwin and similar locations the chart will still apply but some stars will be lost off the southern edge while extra stars will be visible to the north. Stars down to a brightness or magnitude limit of 4.5 are shown. To use this star chart, rotate it so that the direction you are facing (north, south, east or west) is shown at the bottom. The centre of the chart represents the point directly above your head, called the zenith, and the outer circular edge represents the horizon.

Star brightness
Zero or brighter 1st magnitude 2nd 3rd 4th
HERCULES

CANES VENATICI

LEO MINOR CORONA BOREALIS BOOTES

NW

COMA BERENICES Arcturus LEO Regulus SERPENS CANCER

VIRGO SEXTANS

Zubeneschamali
OPHIUCHUS

Moon on 17th Spica CORVUS CRATER Saturn

Zubenelakrab

Zubenelgenubi LIBRA Zubenelgenubi LIBRA HYDRA

SERPENS SCUTUM

Antares

Antares M4 LUPUS

MONOCEROS

SOUTHERN CENTAURUS CROSS

ANTLIA PYXIS

Centre of the Galaxy


Centre of the Galaxy M6 M7
SCORPIUS

-crucis

Eta Carina
VELA Sirius CANIS MAJOR PUPPIS Adhara

SAGITTARIUS CORONA AUSTRALIS

CRUX Jewel Box -crucis POINTERS Mimosa NORMA NORMA Hadar CRUX CIRCINUS Alpha Centauri Alpha Centauri Coalsack MUSCA CARINA ARA CARINA TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE DIAMOND CROSS
APUS CHAMAELEON

FALSE CROSS
VOLANS Canopus COLUMBA LEPUS

TELESCOPIUM PAVO

South Celestial Pole


OCTANS OCTANS
MENSA

Chart key
Bright star INDUS Faint star MICROSCOPIUM Ecliptic Milky Way P Planet LMC or Large Magellanic Cloud SMC or Small Magellanic Cloud GRUS
SE
SMCHYDRUS

LMC

DORADO

PICTOR

CAELUM RETICULUM

SW

TUCANA HOROLOGIUM Achernar

South

June 21st is the shortest day of the year (winter solstice; 9 hours and 48 minutes of daylight) when the Sun is at its most northerly position in the sky. Saturn is located towards the east in Virgo. Venus can be seen as the bright evening star shortly after sunset toward the west. The best time to view the Moon with a small telescope or binoculars is a few days either side of the first quarter Moon on the 17th. The Southern Cross is high in the sky towards the south and is easily located using the two nearby Pointer stars. The brighter of the Pointers, Alpha Centauri, is the nearest star system to the Sun. Nearby is the False Cross and Diamond Cross that sometimes mistaken for the Southern Cross. High in the sky are the constellations Leo (the Lion), Scorpius (the Scorpion) and Hydra (the Water Snake). Sydney Observatory, with a magnificent view overlooking Sydney Harbour, is open 10am to 5pm daily except closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and open 10am to noon on New Years Eve. Open Monday to Saturday for night telescope sessions (planetarium if cloudy), and 3D movies about the Universe. Bookings are essential for night programs. Check the website at www.sydneyobservatory.com or call (02) 9921 3485 for more information. Sydney Observatory is at Watson Road, Observatory Hill, in the historic Rocks area of Sydney.

Sydney Observatory is part of the Powerhouse Museum. The Sydney Observatory night sky map is prepared by Dr M Anderson using the software TheSky. 2013 Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.

West

HYDRA

North

URSA MAJOR

Moon phase
Last quarter: 01st New moon: 09th LYNX First quarter: 17th Full moon: 23rd Last quarter: 30th

NE

Venus

Pollux

HYDRA
CANIS MINOR Procyon

East