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The constellation Virgo the Maiden fully returns to the early evening sky – with her feet planted on the eastern horizon – in early May.
The Southern Cross climbs highest – due south – in the evening around now. Latitudes like Hawaii can see it. It’s possible to see from latitudes like the far-southern contiguous U.S., but difficult.
From the Northern Hemisphere, a fairly bright North Star marks the direction north. From the Southern Hemisphere, the Southern Cross points the way south.
Leo the Lion is one of the easiest constellations to identify in the night sky. April and May are great months to spot it.
Here’s how to find the constellation Cancer in your sky. Plus Cancer’s place in sky history, lore and science.
How to see the constellation Gemini in the night sky, plus some of ancient lore about the legendary Twins.
How to find to find the constellation Taurus in the night sky – names some of its bright stars and star clusters – and its mythology.
Perseus follows Cassiopeia across the night sky. It’s fainter, but has a graceful shape and some of the sky’s most interesting stars and star clusters.
Best photos: Morning planets!