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Find the Summer Triangle

Find the Summer Triangle asterism ascending in the east on June and July evenings. It’s a large star pattern made of 3 bright stars in 3 separate constellations.

Northerners’ guide to Southern Cross

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.

Use Southern Cross to find due south

From the Northern Hemisphere, a fairly bright North Star marks the direction north. From the Southern Hemisphere, the Southern Cross points the way south.

Know the Big and Little Dippers

The Big Dipper is easy. And, once you find it, you can find the Little Dipper, too. Plus … learn how the stars of the Big Dipper are moving in space.

Hyades star cluster: Face of Taurus

The V-shaped Hyades star cluster represents the face of Taurus the Bull. The cluster is easy to spot in the evening sky in January.

Winter Circle: Brilliant winter stars

It’s a big circle of bright stars. In the Northern Hemisphere, we call it the Winter Circle, but it can be seen from around the globe.

Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters

November is often called the month of the Pleiades, because it’s when this star cluster – sometimes called the Seven Sisters – shines from dusk until dawn.

Teapot of Sagittarius: Galaxy’s center

The Teapot asterism in the constellation Sagittarius is easy to spot in a dark sky. Look this way, and you’re looking toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Coathanger: Looks like its name

The Coathanger star cluster really looks like a coat hanger and is easy to make out through binoculars. The star Albireo is your ticket to finding it.

Northern Cross: Backbone of Milky Way

When you see the Northern Cross in the east on summer evenings, it’s sideways to the horizon.

Great Square of Pegasus: Easy to see

The Great Square of Pegasus consists of four stars of nearly equal brightness that make a large square pattern. It is best seen from September to March.

Crown of the Scorpion

Three stars – Graffias, Dschubba and Pi Scorpii – make up the Scorpion’s Crown.