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Sydney Observatory night sky map
October 2014
A map for each month of the year, to help you learn about the night sky
www.sydneyobservatory.com.au
This star chart shows the stars and constellations visible in the night sky for Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart and Adelaide
for October 2014 at about 8:30pm (summer time) and at about 7:30pm (local standard time) for Perth and Brisbane. 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.
LACERTA
First quarter:
Full Moon:
Last quarter:
New Moon:
First quarter:
Deneb
CYGNUS
ANDROMEDA
02nd
08th
16th
24th
31st
W
N
Zero or brighter
1st magnitude
2nd
3rd
4th
Moon Phase
North
Star Brightness
Vega
LYRA
CORONA BOREALIS
E
N
HERCULES
VULPECULA
PEGASUS
SAGITTA
DELPHINUS
Tarazed
EQUULEUS
PISCES
Alshain
Altair
1st Quarter Moon: 31st
AQUILA
SERPENS
AQUARIUS
SCUTUM
CAPRICORNUS
East
Mira
CETUS
Teapot
SAGITTARIUS
SAGITTARIUS
1st Quarter Moon: 2nd
MICROSCOPIUM
PISCIS AUSTRINUS
Fomalhaut
OPHIUCHUS
Centre of the Galaxy
SERPENS
Moon on 26th
Centre of the Galaxy
P
SCULPTOR
CORONA AUSTRALIS
GRUS
INDUS
Mars
Antares
Shaula
Antares
SCORPIUS
SCORPIUS
TELESCOPIUM
West
PISCES
P
LIBRA
Saturn
PHOENIX
ARA
PAVO
TUCANA
FORNAX
TUCANA
Achernar
ERIDANUS
NORMA
POINTERS
OCTANS
OCTANS
HYDRUS
TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE
CIRCINUS
APUS
Alpha Centauri CENTAURUS
South Celestial Pole
RETICULUM
SE
Chart Key
CAELUM
Bright star
PICTOR
Faint star
Ecliptic
Milky Way
COLUMBA
P Planet
LMC or Large Magellanic Cloud
SMC or Small Magellanic Cloud
DORADO
LUPUS
47 Tucanae
SMC
ERIDANUS
HOROLOGIUM
Zubenelgenubi
POINTERS
South Celestial Pole
MENSA
CHAMAELEON MUSCA
LMC
CRUX
VOLANS
Hadar
Beta
Centauri
SOUTHERN CROSS
Mimosa
CENTAURUS
SW
Canopus
CARINA
South
Remember, summer (daylight saving) time begins on Sunday 5th at 2am in NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and SA. Mars can
be seen high in the west while Saturn is low in the west. On 26th Mars is above and Saturn is below the crescent Moon towards
the west. The best time to observe the Moon using binoculars or a small telescope is a few days either side of the first quarter
Moon on the 2nd or 31st. There is a total lunar eclipse on the 8th beginning at 8:15pm when the Moon enters the Earth’s
shadow and is fully inside the Earth’s shadow at 9:25pm. To the south-west is Crux (the Southern Cross), easily located using
the two nearby Pointer stars. To the west are the constellations of Scorpius (the Scorpion) and Sagittarius (the Archer).
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
Year’s Eve. Open Monday to Saturday for night sessions (times vary depending on the season) for
sky viewing through one of our telescopes (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.au or call (02) 9921 3485.
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. © 2014 Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.