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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

July 2013
www.sydneyobservatory.com.au

This star chart shows the stars and constellations visible in the night sky for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth for July 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. URSA MAJOR

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

Vega

HERCULES

BOOTES CORONA BOREALIS CORONA BOOTES BOREALIS

Arcturus

Arcturus

COMA BERENICES

SAGITTA

SERPENS

LEO

Regulus Moon on16th


VIRGO Spica CORVUS CRATER SEXTANS

Altair

OPHIUCHUS

Saturn

LIBRA Zubenelgenubi Zubenelgenubi AQUILA SCUTUM SERPENS

Centre of the Galaxy


SCORPIUS SCORPIUS
SAGITTARIUS LUPUS HYDRA

NORMA TEAPOT
CORONA AUSTRALIS NORMA Alpha Centauri

CENTAURUS CENTAURUS Omega Centauri


ANTLIA SOUTHERN CROSS

POINTERSHadar ARA CIRCINUS Alpha Centauri AUSTRALE

CAPRICORNUS TELESCOPIUM

Mimosa CRUX TRIANGULUM TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE


Proxima Centauri APUS
MUSCA

CRUX

PYXIS VELA

MICROSCOPIUM PAVO INDUS

APUS
CHAMAELEON OCTANS South Celestial Pole OCTANS CARINA VOLANS PUPPIS

PISCIS AUSTRINUS

Chart key

MENSA GRUS TUCANA

Adhara

CANIS MAJOR

SMC
HYDRUS

Bright star Faint star Ecliptic Milky Way P Planet LMC or Large Magellanic Cloud PHOENIX SMC or Small Magellanic Cloud

LMC
DORADO

Canopus

SW

RETICULUM Achernar

PICTOR COLUMBA

South HOROLOGIUM

The planet Saturn can be seen in Virgo about half way between the bright star Spica and the star Zubenelgenubi. On the 16th the first quarter Moon is near Saturn. Early in the evening Venus is visible low in the sky towards 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 16th. This month the constellations of Scorpius (the Scorpion) and Crux (the Southern Cross) are high in the sky. The Southern Cross is easily located using the two nearby Pointer stars. The brighter of the Pointers, Alpha Centauri, is the nearest star system to the Sun. Near the end of the Scorpions tail is the unofficial constellation of the Teapot. 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.au 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

Antares

Antares

NW
LEO MINOR

North
CANES VENATICI

Moon phase
New moon: 08th First quarter: 16th Full moon: 23rd Last quarter: 30th

Venus on 20th

Regulus

East
SE