Close-up on Cassiopeia the Queen

It’s an easy constellation to identify because it has the shape of an M or W. On these October evenings, look for Cassiopeia the Queen high in the northeast sky, not far from the North Star.

Star chart showing Cassiopeia and Perseus.

Found Cassiopeia? Now look for Perseus

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.

Scorpius? Here’s your constellation

The Scorpion in the sky and in mythology. Here’s everything you need to know.

Leo? Here’s your constellation

Leo the Lion is one of the easiest constellations to identify in the night sky. April and May are great months to spot it.

How to see Auriga the Charioteer

Come to know constellation Auriga’s bright star Capella and the little asterism called The Kids.

Aquarius? Here’s your constellation

Look for Aquarius the Water Bearer this month. How to find it, its famous Water Jar asterism, plus a few stories from the ancient myths.

Capricornus? Here’s your constellation

No matter where you live worldwide, Capricornus the Sea-goat climbs highest in the sky in early September. How to see it, and how a sea-goat came to reside among the stars.

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.