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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.

Image via New Forest Observatory

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.

Image via thegreatlandoni/Flickr

Northern Cross: Backbone of Milky Way

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

Photo by EarthSky friend Susan Jensen in Odessa, Washington

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.

Crux, via AlltheSky.com

Northerners’ guide to Southern Cross

From the Northern Hemisphere, you have to be in Hawaii, or south Florida or south Texas to see the Southern Cross.

Big Dipper via EarthSky Facebook friend Ken Christison.

Come to know 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.

The Hyades.  Copyright Jerry Lodriguss/ AstroPix.com

V-shaped Hyades star cluster easy to find

The Hyades star cluster represents the Face of Taurus the Bull. The cluster is easy to spot and beautiful in binoculars.

Winter Circle

Winter Circle: Brightest winter stars

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


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 by Dennis Chabot.

Crown of the Scorpion

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