12 February 2010
Want to look at the stars but don't know where to start?
Take a guided tour of the summer sky with astronomer and ABC broadcaster Professor Fred Watson.
Professor Watson, Astronomer in Charge at the Anglo-Australian Telescope in northwest NSW, has recorded an audio tour of the sky.
This can be downloaded from the ABC website at www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/01/06/2771371.htm, along with southern sky maps for February and March.
“Using an MP3 player to guide you through the night sky is a great way to find constellations without the distraction of a flashlight and star-maps,” says Professor Watson.
“Once you've got to know a few of the brighter stars, it's relatively easy to find your way around the sky.”
The Summer Sky Tour follows the ABC's Big Aussie Star Hunt, which ran in August 2009. That included a quick guide to the constellations of winter.
Professor Watson is one of Australia's best-known science communicators, writing and speaking about astronomy. He is a regular guest on ABC radio and TV.
On Australia Day this year he was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Professor Fred Watson, Anglo-Australian Observatory
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Professor Fred Watson. Photo: AAO