June 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 Geoffrey Wyatt, Senior Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory.

You can subscribe with iTunes or upload the audio to your iPod or mp3 player, or listen to it on your computer.

Here is the transcript of the sky guide audio for June 2011.

The June 2011 night sky map (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.

More information and sky maps
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.

9 responses to “June 2011 night sky guide and podcast

  • Hi Brian
    We originally had the monthly sky guide post and transcript in one post. But because the transcript posts were often very long (some of the audios were 40 minutes long), we decided to separate them, so those who did not wish to read the transcript didn’t have to scroll far to get to the next post.
    However there are recently available tools which will enable us to provide excerpts in the main post for people wishing to read the transcript. And for those who rss the monthly sky guides, they will receive the monthly sky guide information and the transcript in one post. We will also look into embedding the sky chart into the post. This is another tool that was not available until recently.

    We still need to provide a link to the audio. And we need to make available for purchase the ‘Australian sky guide’ book for those who want more monthly sky information and more detailed sky maps. This requires a link to Powerhouse Museum publication sales. (Sydney Observatory and the Powerhouse Museum are part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.) All other links in the post are within the Sydney Observatory website.

    Thank you for your comments, and we hope that you will continue to follow our blogs and gain something from the variety of astronomical information available there.

  • Hi Brian

    Thank you for your comment. Is it the transcript of the audio that you would prefer to be in the monthly sky guide post? We separated them because the transcript can be fairly long (some audios are around 40 minutes long). We wanted people to have the option of accessing the transcript if they chose, or just listening to the audio if they preferred.

    Also, both the monthly sky guide post (such as this one) and the transcript post appear separately in the Astronomy blog, giving people a choice as to which they wish to click. With the transcript, it is published in the Astronomy blog listing as an excerpt (first few lines only), so that those who are not interested to read it can continue to the next Astronomy blog post without having to scroll down and down past all the text in the transcript first.

    There is the additional benefit from the way we do it that the transcripts are in a ‘Transcript’ category – so if somebody would want to read the monthly transcript this would make it easy for them to do so.

    The only link here to another site is to enable people to purchase our ‘Australian monthly sky guide’ book from the Powerhouse Museum (which, like Sydney Observatory, are part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences).

    We do however take your point, and will consider whether to combine the transcript and monthly sky guide posts into one post (as they used to be) – but my current feeling is that we would lose more than we would gain by doing this, as I hope I have explained here.

    We do appreciate your comment, and we do take such comments seriously. I hope that, whichever way we decide, you will continue to follow our blogs and gain something from the variety of astronomical information available there.

  • Previous posts got us all up at 5AM in dressing gowns to go outside & gaze at the sky. We thoroughly enjoyed that. Today’s post would not do that, looks plain boring.  Posts on this site should stand or fall on their own merits, not depend on following links to some other site. Losing a recent convert real soon now.

  • why not just post the details here, instead of posting links to other sites we need to download. I’ve been a follower of recent updates re planetary alignment, + Harry’s observations of a sombrero galaxy etc, so why post an update that tells us nothing per se, without needing to download other files. The appeal of this blog is the immediacy. Please don’t lose that.

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