Cygnus the Swan flies the Milky Way

Cygnus the Swan is a constellation that lies atop the Milky Way. Its brightest star, Deneb, is part of the Summer Triangle.

Lyra the Harp contains Vega, a summer gem

Lyra the Harp is a constellation that hosts the second brightest star in the northern sky, Vega. Look for it on summer nights.

Circinus the Drawing Compass, Alpha Centauri’s neighbor

Circinus the Drawing Compass is a dim constellation located next to the 3rd brightest star in the sky, Alpha Centauri. It looks like a pair of tweezers.

Ursa Minor the Lesser Bear is the Little Dipper

Ursa Minor is the Lesser Bear, but you might know it as the Little Dipper. Also, its brightest star is Polaris, the North Star.

Boötes the Herdsman and its bright star Arcturus

Boötes the Herdsman is a large constellation that holds one of the brightest stars in the sky, Arcturus. Only 3 others stars and the sun are brighter.

Norma, home to the Great Attractor

The constellation Norma represents a right angle. It lies in southern skies and is home to the Norma Cluster and the Great Attractor.

Hercules the Strong Man and a great globular cluster

Hercules the Strong Man is a great constellation to view in June. With only a pair of binoculars you can see the globular cluster M13 in the Keystone.

Lupus the Wolf, a constellation in southern skies

Lupus the Wolf is a constellation that lies between Scorpius and Centaurus. You have to be farther south on the globe to see the Wolf.

Meet Libra the Scales, a zodiacal constellation

The zodiacal constellation Libra the Scales is a fixture of the evening sky during Northern Hemisphere summer (Southern Hemisphere winter).

Meet Musca the Fly, a southern constellation

Musca the Fly is a constellation that lies deep in southern skies and circles the south celestial pole, making it visible any night of the year.