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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 2014
www.sydneyobservatory.com

This star chart shows the stars and constellations visible in the night sky for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth for June 2014 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 on the chart. To use it, rotate the chart 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

Leo question mark


Pollux

COMA BERENICES Arcturus

Virgo galaxy cluster Denebola


LEO Regulus CANCER

Vindemiatrix Virgo galaxy cluster


SERPENS

Zubeneschamali
OPHIUCHUS

Mars Moon on 6th Spica M104 CORVUS CRATER Spica

VIRGO

SEXTANS

HYDRA
CANIS MINOR Procyon

Zubenelakrab

Zubenelgenubi LIBRA Zubenelgenubi Saturn

LIBRA

SERPENS SCUTUM

Antares

Antares M4 LUPUS

MONOCEROS

Centre of the Galaxy


Centre of the Galaxy M6 M7
SCORPIUS

SOUTHERN CENTAURUS CENTAURUS CROSS NGC 5139 Eta Carina -crucis

ANTLIA PYXIS

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

VELA

Sirius CANIS MAJOR PUPPIS Adhara

FALSE CROSS
VOLANS Canopus COLUMBA LEPUS

TELESCOPIUM

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

South Celestial Pole Sigma Octantis PAVO MENSA OCTANS LMC OCTANS DORADO

PICTOR

SMCHYDRUS

CAELUM RETICULUM

SW

TUCANA HOROLOGIUM Achernar

South

June evenings are great for seeing the brightest part of the Milky Way high overhead. 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 Libra. Mars can be seen high in the sky towards the north in Virgo. 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 6th. 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 are the False Cross and Diamond Cross that can both be 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 31st December. Open Monday to Saturday for night telescope sessions (planetarium session if cloudy) and 3D movies about the Universe. Bookings are essential for night programs. For more information, check the website at www.sydneyobservatory.com or call (02) 9921 3485. Sydney Observatory is at 1003 Upper Fort Street, 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. 2014 Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.

West

HYDRA

CORVUS

HYDRA

NW

North

URSA MAJOR

Moon phase
First quarter: 06th Full LYNXmoon: 13th Last quarter: 20th New moon: 27th

NE

East