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Sydney Observatory night sky map
September 2012
A map for each month of the year, to help you learn about the night sky
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 September 2012 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 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.
North
Star brightness
Last quarter:
New Moon:
First quarter:
Full Moon:
LACERTA
Deneb
CYGNUS
NE
LYRA
Vega
08th
16th
23rd
30th
NW
Zero or brighter
1st magnitude
2nd
3rd
4th
Moon phase
LYRA
CORONA BOREALIS
HERCULES
BOOTES
VULPECULA
SAGITTA
PEGASUS
DELPHINUS
Arcturus
Altair
EQUULEUS
SERPENS
AQUILA
OPHIUCHUS
SCUTUM
PISCES
Moon on 23rd
SERPENS
CAPRICORNUS
East
SAGITTARIUS
LIBRA
Centre of the Galaxy
Antares
SAGITTARIUS
MICROSCOPIUM
PISCES
AUSTRINUS
PISCIS AUSTRINUS CORONA AUSTRALIS
Fomalhaut
P
Saturn
P
Mars
SCORPIUS
VIRGO
Spica
Centre of the Galaxy
TELESCOPIUM
LUPUS
ARA
NORMA
GRUS
GRUS INDUS
INDUS
CETUS
Zubenelgenubi
Antares
SCORPIUS
West
Zubeneschamali
AQUARIUS
CORVUS
PAVO
SCULPTOR
CIRCINUS
CENTAURUS
Alpha
Alpha Centauri
Centauri
CENTAURUS
Hadar
Beta
Centauri
TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE
PHOENIX
TUCANA
SMC
Achernar
POINTERS
APUS
Beta Crucis
APUS
OCTANS
Mimosa
Coalsack
MUSCA
South Celestial
Pole
MUSCA
South Celestial Pole
CHAMAELEON
Jewel Box
SOUTHERN CROSS
CRUX
CRUX
HYDRUS
Chart key
MENSA
SE
FORNAX
Bright star
HOROLOGIUM
LMC
RETICULUM
VOLANS
Faint star
DORADO
Ecliptic
Milky Way
P Planet
LMC or Large Magellanic Cloud
South
PICTOR
SMC or Small Magellanic Cloud
C
SW
CARINA
VELA
ANTLIA
The spring equinox occurs on the 23rd when the length of day and night is almost equal, about 12 hours each.
Saturn is visible low in the west in the constellation of Virgo. Mars is next to the star Zubenelgenubi in Libra. The
best time to see the Moon using binoculars or a small telescope is a few days either side of the first quarter Moon
on the 23rd. To the south-west is Crux (the Southern Cross) easily located using the two nearby stars called the
Pointers. In the centre of the sky 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 (cosy 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 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. © 2012 Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.