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TheSky (c) Astronomy Software 1984-1998

CAMELOPARDALIS

Night sky map

April 2016

North

URSA MAJOR

STAR BRIGHTNESS
Zero or brighter
st
1 magnitude
CANES VENATICI
2nd
rd
3
4th

URSA MAJOR
Capella
LYNX

PERSEUS

NW

AURIGA

NE

Gemini (the Twins)


LEO MINOR

Leo (the Lion)

Pollux

First Quarter
Moon on 14th

GEMINI

CANCER

COMA BERENICES
LEO
Regulus

TAURUS
Aldebaran

Arcturus
CANIS MINOR

JUPITER

SEXTANS

Procyon

Betelgeuse

HYDRA

ORION

M42
MONOCEROS

ORIONS BELT
CRATER

VIRGO

Rigel

Sirius

HYDRA

CANIS MAJOR
LEPUS

PYXIS

Spica

West

East

CORVUS

Adhara

ANTLIA

CORVUS

ERIDANUS

PUPPIS
COLUMBA

Canopus

FALSE CROSS
VELA

Eta Carina
SOUTHERN CROSS

Zubenelgenubi

CAELUM

Canopus
PICTOR
CARINA

CENTAURUS

LIBRA

CRUX
Mimosa

VOLANS

MUSCA
Hadar
CHAMAELEON
POINTERS
Alpha Centauri
CIRCINUS

LUPUS

ERIDANUS

FORNAX

DORADO

LMC
RETICULUM
MENSA

HOROLOGIUM

HYDRUS

South Celestial Pole

APUS
NORMA TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE

OCTANS

Achernar

SMC

CHART KEY

Antares
TUCANA

SE

Bright star
Faint star
SCORPIUS
Ecliptic
Milky Way
Celestial Equator
P Planet
LMC or Large Magellanic Cloud
Centre of the Galaxy
SMC or Small Magellanic Cloud

PHOENIX

PAVO

TELESCOPIUM

South INDUS

CORONA AUSTRALIS

MOON PHASE

W
SSCULPTOR
Last quarter
New Moon
First quarter
Full Moon
Last quarter

ARA

01st
07th
14th
22nd
30th

GRUS

THE CHART

HIGHLIGHTS IN APRIL 2016

The star chart shows the stars and constellations visible in


the night sky for Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart,
Perth and Brisbane in April at about 8:00pm (local standard
time). For Darwin and similar northerly locations the chart will
still apply, but some stars will be lost off the southern edge
MICROSCOPIUM
SAGITTARIUS
while extra stars will
be visible to the north. Stars down to a
brightness or magnitude limit of 4.5 are shown on the star
chart. To use this star chart, 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 point, and the
outer circular edge represents the horizon.

The best time to view the Moon with a small


telescope or binoculars is a few days either
side of its First quarter phase on the 14th.
AUSTRINUS
Jupiter, the PISCIS
largest
of the planets in our solar
system, can be seen in the eastern sky.
Prominent in the sky this month, are the
constellations of Canis Major (the Great Dog),
Orion (the Hunter), Gemini (the Twins) and Leo
(the Lion). Crux (the Southern Cross) is low in
the south eastern sky. Crux can be easily
located as it is always adjacent to so-called
Pointer stars of Centaurus (the Centaur).

Sydney Observatory is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. The Sydney Observatory night sky map was created by Dr M. Anderson using the TheSky
software. This months edition was prepared by Brenan Dew. 2016 Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.