Find the Crown of the Scorpion

Here’s a cool asterism, or noticeable pattern of stars, to look for in your sky. The Scorpion’s Crown consists of just 3 stars.

Antares is the Heart of the Scorpion

Bright red Antares is easy to spot now. It’s the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius and represents the Scorpion’s Heart.

Coathanger: Looks like its name

The Coathanger star cluster resembles its namesake and is easy to spot through binoculars. Use the star Albireo – part of the Summer Triangle – to find it.

Photo of Summer Triangle stars, and their constellations, annotated.

Find the Summer Triangle

It’s not officially summer yet on the northern half of Earth, but our skies are beginning to look like summer. On these June evenings, find the large pattern of the Summer Triangle ascending in the east.

Alpha and Beta Centauri, pointing to Crux.

Northerners’ guide to Southern Cross

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.

Line drawing of SpringTriangle and Sickle

Look for the Spring Triangle

It’s still winter in the Northern Hemisphere. As the cold days slowly get longer, a sure sign of spring is already in our skies.

Hyades star cluster: Face of Taurus

Meet the bright star Aldebaran, part of a V-shaped pattern of stars called the Hyades. This easy-to-find star cluster represents the face of Taurus the Bull.

See the Winter Circle, or Hexagon

Whether you call it a Circle or a Hexagon, it’s a big circular pattern of stars in the night sky. Its stars are some of the brightest up there.

Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters

The Pleiades star cluster – also known as the Seven Sisters, or M45 – is visible from virtually every part of the globe. It looks like a tiny misty dipper of stars.

Find the Teapot, and look toward the galaxy’s center

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.

Northern Cross: Backbone of Milky Way

On summer evenings, look for this star pattern in the east, sideways to the horizon.

Come to know the Big and Little Dippers

The Big Dipper is easy. And, once you find it, you can find the Little Dipper, too.

How to see the Great Square of Pegasus

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.

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.