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MAY 2024 OBSERVING
Southern Hemisphere Sky Chart
by Jonathan Nally
Planet location
shown for mid-month
Exact for latitude 35°S.
To use the Southern
Hemisphere map, follow the
instructions on page 42.
Zenith
-40°
-60°
η Car
IC2602
θ
-80°
CHAMAELEON
-80°
-1
1
2
3
4
WHEN TO
α
23h
TUCANA
α
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g
S
o
THE INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL UNION officially
recognizes 88 constellations, the names and origins of which
refer to all sorts of things - mythological people and creatures,
real animals, important inventions, and so on. But
only one of them is named for an insect: Musca, the Fly.
Located deep in the south just below Crux (the famed
Southern Cross), Musca is a small constellation consisting
44 MAY 2024 * SKY & TELESCOPE
Galaxy
uble star
bl t
of just a half-dozen stars. Its brightest light is 2.6-magnitude
Alpha (α) Muscae, marked on the chart above. Alpha
is a hot, blue variable star almost five times the diameter of
our Sun and more than 4,000 times brighter. The Fly's other
notable star is Beta (β), a close binary system comprising
components of magnitudes 3.5 and 4.0, each of them several
times bigger than the Sun. ¢
-60°
Late March
Early April
Late April
Early May
Late May
USE THE MAP
10 p.m.*
10 p.m.
9 p.m.
8 p.m.
7 p.m.
*Daylight-saving time
LUPUS
Antares
20h
M7
SAGI TTARIUS
Achernar
θ
ERIDANUS
M6
α
2h
17h
c
a
F
HYDRA
α
ζ
ε
M67
M44
ξ
γ
µ
ε
β
α
W N
Spica
δ
n
g
i
ν
5h
g n i
-20°
0°
+20°
Regulus
LEO
Sickle
ν
14h
8h
λ
µ
+40°
ψ
11h
URSA MAJOR
o
N
g
n i
Q
E
L
C
E
APUS
30 Dor
VOLANS
T
A
U
PAVO
Large
Magellanic
Cloud
α
R
O
γ
β
α
Moon
May 18
RET ICULUM
C
I
T
P
I
β
γ
β
α
OCTANS
Small
47 Tuc
Magellanic
Cloud
Moon
May 14
MUSCA
HYDRUS
Galaxy
Double star
Variable star
Open cluster
Diffuse nebula
Globular cluster
Planetary nebula
4755
TELESCOP IUM
S E
P ICTOR
DORADO
F
a
c
η
κ
δ
ε
γ
β
δ
π
η
σ
τ
ε
µ
ζ
η
SCORP IυUS
λ
θ
κ
ι
β
α
ζ
F a c
S
W
OPHIUCHUS
PUPP I S
ρ
π
M41
CANI S
MAJOR
ι
SERPENS
κ
ζ
ε
δ
α
α
β
M5
L IBRA
i
c
n
PYXI S
W
α
V IRGO
ε
ζ
Arcturus
BOÖTES
η
COM
BERENICES
M3
CANCER
CANES VENAT ICI
α
CRUX
TRIANGULUM
AUSTRALE
ζ
M19
β
α
γ
HOROLOGIUM
NORMA
α
η
γ
δ
ε
CAELUM
CIRCINUS
ARA
β
α
ο
δ
γ
ω Cen
CENTAURUS
ε
Rigil
Kent
CORVUS
γ
Procyon
CRATER
π
SEXTANS
N
E
3 4
Pollux
GEMINI
Castor
c a F
τ
α
ε
CANI S
MINOR
Betelgeuse
ORION
t
s
a
LEPUS
F
a
ι
µ ζ
θ
COLUMBA
α
α
θ
η
γ
ε
ζ
LEO
MINOR
h
t r
c
a
F
δ
β
γ
LYNX
ε
γ
β
δ
ANTL IA
M4
M62
i n g
Moon
May 22
µ
VELA
λ
κ
ι
β
δ
ε CARINA
γ
Canopus
α
β
i
n
g
α
β
MONOCEROS
σ
α
θ
δ
ε
ζ
η
E
g
-1 0 1 2 3 4
η
ν
ε
δ
M93
β
Sirius
β
ε
α
M42
µ
β
Rigel
i
n
g
c
γ
β
α
δ
2516
ζ
β
α
F
a
c
u
t
h
Hadar
β
α
β
α
a
F
M46
M47
M50
e
t
s
M48

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