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Astronomy Podcasts

Our podcasts allow you to easily find objects in the night sky. We provide an information page which you can read as you are downloading the podcast. Listen to the podcast with the page in front of you. When you have downloaded the podcast on to your player, go outside and listen to it again as you look at the stars – no more using torches and spoiling your night vision looking at the information in a book or magazine!

We will start from somewhere you can certainly find – DIRECTLY ABOVE YOUR HEAD! (In Astronomy terms, this is called the ZENITH). Each podcast will be quite short and will concentrate on one small area of the night sky. Start by listening to the earliest podcasts on the screen – these will be nearer the bottom of the list. Note the time that is stated by the podcast, as the night sky objects will be best placed around this time.

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Try our podcasts and let us know how successful you’ve been by sending us an email about how you have got on.

Finding Cassiopeia and due north

Finding Cassiopeia and due north

Date added: Saturday, December 01, 2012

At 8.00pm, find the constellation of Cassiopeia by looking directly overhead. The constellation is shaped like a letter W. If you turn towards the East, the constellation is like a number 3. Use the podcast to find due north.

Finding the Great Square of Pegasus and the Andromeda Galaxy

Finding the Great Square of Pegasus and the Andromeda Galaxy

Date added: Saturday, December 01, 2012

At 7pm in December, the Great Square of Pegasus can be seen to the south, about half way down to the horizon. In our podcast, we use the square as our starting point to find one of the most important night sky objects - the Andromeda Galaxy, M31.

Finding the constellation of Aries, the Ram

Finding the constellation of Aries, the Ram

Date added: Saturday, December 01, 2012

An imaginary line from the Great Square of Pegasus to the Pleiades can be used to find the constellation of Aries. Aries is the first constellation of the Zodiac.

The Geminid Meteor Shower - peak on 13th December

The Geminid Meteor Shower - peak on 13th December

Date added: Saturday, December 01, 2012

The meteors of the Geminid shower can be seen in smaller numbers up to a week either side of the peak night of 13th/14th December. This year, there is a new Moon - so perfect conditions for viewing. Remember to wrap up warm and be patient.

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