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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.
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.
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.
On summer evenings, look for this star pattern in the east, sideways to the horizon.
Here’s another cool asterism, or noticeable pattern of stars. The Scorpion’s Crown consists of just 3 stars.
Find the Summer Triangle asterism ascending in the east on June and July evenings. It’s a large star pattern made of 3 bright stars in 3 separate constellations.
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.
The Big Dipper is easy. And, once you find it, you can find the Little Dipper, too. Plus … learn how the stars of the Big Dipper are moving in space.
The V-shaped Hyades star cluster represents the face of Taurus the Bull. The cluster is easy to spot in the evening sky in January.
It’s a big circle of bright stars. In the Northern Hemisphere, we call it the Winter Circle, but it can be seen from around the globe.
The Teapot asterism in the constellation Sagittarius is easy to spot in a dark sky. Look this way, and you’re looking toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
Photos of this week’s spectacular dawn