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The Night Sky Podcast | 09 Viewing Canopus

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The Night Sky Podcast | 09 Viewing Canopus

Jupiter at opposition, solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, viewing Canopus in the southern hemisphere.

Produced by Marina Hansen and Billy Newman.


  1. Jason

    Hi Billy and Marina,

    Glad to hear you guys are back doing the podcast again, thought you might of abandoned the project. I’ve been a listener since you guys started a few months back and I thought I’d post to encourage you both to continue with the podcasts. When i have the time, star gazing is a bit of a hobby of mine so its always cool to see what other amateur astronomers are looking up at 😀

    Pretty cool to hear you had an opportunity to see the sky from the Southern Hemisphere Billy. We’re in Australia and bright stars like Canopus, Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri and the Southern Cross stars are pretty much up every night of the Year.

    Canopus is a familiar star here, and its always mind blowing to remember that its the second brightest star in the night sky despite being a ridiculous 310 light years away, compared to Sirius which is only slightly brighter despite being only 8 light years away.

    Alpha Centauri (Rigel Kent) and Beta Centauri (Hadar) are well known, easily identifiable stars here. They are known as the “pointer stars”, if you extend a line between them you’ll quickly reach the Southern Cross which is our way of roughly identifying south (like you would have Polaris to identify due north).

    Billy, I reckon your excitement over seeing Canopus for the first time would equal mine over seeing the infamous Big Dipper Stars and Polaris in the night sky for the first time. It’s always humbling to be reminded of the fact that our “night sky” is pretty unfamiliar to people who live in the northern hemisphere, and vice versa.

    Keep up the good work guys, looking forward to the next podcast. If you’re ever down under give me a bell 😉

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