With the moon waning now, it’s time to go out in the country to witness the glorious Milky Way. Want to locate the direction to the galaxy’s center? This post points the way.
On summer evenings, look for this star pattern in the east, sideways to the horizon.
The Summer Triangle is a large star pattern made of 3 bright stars in 3 separate constellations. Look for it ascending in the east on these June evenings.
The Big Dipper is easy. And, once you find it, you can find the Little Dipper, too.
The bright star Aldebaran is part of a V-shaped pattern of stars called the Hyades. This easy-to-find star cluster represents the face of Taurus the Bull.
It’s easy! The Great Square of Pegasus consists of 4 stars of nearly equal brightness in a large square pattern. Once you find it, you can star-hop to other well-known sights in the sky.
November’s often called the month of the Pleiades, because it’s when this star cluster – aka the Seven Sisters – shines from dusk until dawn.
The star Albireo – part of the Summer Triangle – is your ticket to finding the Coathanger star cluster. It resembles its namesake and is easy to spot through binoculars.
Here’s another cool asterism, or noticeable pattern of stars. The Scorpion’s Crown consists of just 3 stars.
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.
From the Northern Hemisphere, a fairly bright North Star marks the direction north. From the Southern Hemisphere, the Southern Cross points the way south.
Whether you call it the Winter Circle or Hexagon, it’s a big circular pattern of stars in the night sky. Its stars are some of the brightest up there.
Milky Way and moonlight
Watch for Orionid meteors this weekend