February 2011 night sky guide and podcast

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides an audio guide/podcast, transcript of that audio, and a sky map or chart each month. This month’s audio sky guide is presented by Melissa Hulbert, Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory.

There is more information and detail in our annual book, ‘The 2011 Australian sky guide’ by Dr Nick Lomb. It has information and star maps for months from December 2010 until December 2011 inclusive, plus information about the Sun, twilight, the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information. You can purchase it at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops or other good bookshops, or online through Powerhouse Publishing.

The February 2011 star chart (PDF) shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

Read the transcript.

You can subscribe with iTunes, or download the audio to your iPod or mp3 player or hear the monthly sky guide here.

3 responses to “February 2011 night sky guide and podcast

  • I love this site. Thanks for all the information you have put together.
    I am however having problems downloading the January and February 2011 start charts (PDF). I am able to download the months Nov., De.c and March. Is it just me or… ?
    Keep up the good work. This is very interesting.
    Best regards from
    Heidi from Norway

    • Hi there Heidi

      We’re so pleased you love our site!

      I’ve just tested the January and February star maps and they both downloaded for me (tested both on PC and Mac). However, they can take a couple of minutes to download. Let me know if you have any more trouble. In the meantime, I will email you the starmaps for January and February.


      PS I went to your lovely country many years ago, and have especially fond memories of a place in the north called Flam, high in the (then snow-capped) mountains. It sure was different having 23 hours of full daylight in the day and one hour of semi-daylight; no dark night at all. No opportunities for stargazing there, then.

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