Monthly star charts

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Use these monthly star charts to become familiar with the night sky.


9 pm AEST 15 January


8:30 pm AEST 15 February


8 pm AEST 15 March


7 pm AEST 15 April


6:30 pm AEST 15 May


6:30 pm AEST 15 June


6:30 pm AEST 15 July


7 pm AEST 15 August


7 pm AEST 15 September


8 pm AEST 15 October


8:15 pm AEST 15 November


8:45 pm AEST 15 December

About the charts

These charts have been prepared for an observer located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. If you are located North of the Gold Coast, stars shown on the Northern horizon chart will be located higher in the sky and stars shown on the Southern horizon chart will be lower in the sky or not visible at all. If you are located South of the Gold Coast, the opposite will apply.

The charts have been created using the highly recommended freeware astronomy program Stellarium. Each monthly set of charts has been prepared for after the end of astronomical twilight in each month concerned. This will mean you have a completely dark sky – assuming you are away from street lights and the Moon is not visible.

I have only provided horizon charts. My experience is that these provide the best way for someone new to the hobby of astronomy to begin to become familiar with the sky. The horizon provides a great reference point for you to look up from. Once you are ready to move on from using these charts, I suggest you install Stellarium on your computer or the highly recommended Sky Safari app on your tablet or phone.

Finally, no planets are shown on the charts. This allows the charts to be useful for the next hundred years. If you happen to view a ‘star’ in the sky that is not shown on a particular chart, you will have ‘discovered’ a planet or if you are really lucky, a supernova!