Astronomers of Humboldt
- You can download Sky & Telescope's
Getting Started in Astronomy brochure as a printable pdf file
It contains tips for beginners, bimonthly star charts, and a moon map.
- You might also give a listen to Sky & Telescope's monthly
Sky Podcast at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-podcasts/.
You can hear a description of the sky online or you can download it to your favorite portable media player.
- Or read the US Naval Observatory's The Sky This Week description of what's currently in the night sky at http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/tours-events/sky-this-week/.
- Or you might like
Click the "Show Horizon" checkbox and the "Moon" tab to get an astronaut's-eye-view.
- Alternatively you can get a printable star chart from
Skymaps at http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html.
Click on the link for the Northern Hemisphere edition near the middle of the page.
- And yet another source is
Your Sky at http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Yourhorizon/.
These interactive maps can be set to our latitude and longitude (roughly 41 degrees North and 124 degrees West). But if you want to see a map for a time other than "Now" you will have to use Universal Time: add 8 hours to Pacific Standard Time or 7 hours to Pacific Daylight Time.
- In addition to sky maps the site Heavens Above at http://www.heavens-above.com/ includes a schedule of satellite flyovers. You can set it for your location and find recent or upcoming appearances of the ISS or flares from the Iridium satellites.
- If you want to obtain your own planetarium software to run on your own computer, a free open-source program is
Stellarium at http://www.stellarium.org/.
It is available for for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. And did we remember to say it was free?
- Another downloadable sky map program is Cartes du Ceil (available in English), also available for Windows, Mac, and Linux at http://www.stellarium.org/. This one is great for printing your own customized charts. And it also is free.
- Or visit your favorite online app store to get any of the dozens of sky apps (free, ad-supported, or for purchase) that are available for your phone or tablet.