100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky

July 24, 2018

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Attention all budding astronomers! Recently released, the new book from author, Dean Regas, 100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky, will be your guide to identifying and viewing planets, satellites, meteors, constellations, and more when you are in the southern hemisphere. Unlike his previous book, 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, which focusses on the night sky in the mid-northern latitudes, this one is aimed at you TrailblazerGirls in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America, at latitudes of 15 degrees and 45 degrees south. Besides giving you details on 100 objects in the sky, the book is filled with practical information such as a way to get a rough estimate of angular measurements without the use of a telescope. Extend your arm, make a fist, that fist will cover about 10 degrees; a pinkie will be about 1 degree; three fingers will be about 5 degrees; and an extended pinkie and thumb will be about 25 degrees. This gives you a quick and dirty way to locate objects. For example, after finding the brightest star, Mimosa, in the Crux (aka the Southern Cross), look for the Jewel Box. It’s 1 degree, or 1 pinkie’s width away from Mimosa. Here’s to stargazing made easy with the book, 100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky!