The ocean in the autumn sky

In Northern Hemisphere autumn (Southern Hemisphere spring), you can see a group of constellations that represented an "ocean" to the early stargazers.

Aquarius? Here’s your constellation

Aquarius lies in a “watery” part of the sky, near Pisces the Fish, Cetus the Whale, Eridanus the River, and Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish.

Sagittarius? Here’s your constellation

How to find Sagittarius on August evenings, plus the lore and science of this constellation.

Libra? Here’s your constellation

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

How Leo the Lion lost his tail

And how we gained a new constellation. Read about the Lion and the Queen's Hair, one of skylore's most famous legends, here.

Taurus? Here’s your constellation

How to find to find the constellation Taurus in your night sky. Plus the names of some of its bright stars and star clusters and its mythology.

Aries? Here’s your constellation

How to see Aries the Ram in your night sky, plus info about this constellation in astronomy history and mythology.

Pisces? Here’s your constellation

How to see the constellation Pisces and its alpha star, Al Risha, the star that ties the 2 Fishes together by their tails.

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.