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How to see the Southern Cross from the Northern Hemisphere

Despite its location far in the Southern Hemisphere, the constellation of the Southern Cross is visible to those located in the Northern Hemisphere, as long as you are far enough south and know just when to look.

Sky chart: labeled line drawing of Spring Triangle and Sickle.

Can you spot the Spring Triangle?

As the Northern Hemisphere enters spring, a triangle of stars rises in the east, made up of bright beacons from three prominent constellations.

Desert scene with bright stars above and reflected in a pool among rocks and mesas.

Here’s how to find the Big Dipper and Little Dipper

Most people can spot the Big Dipper easily. To find its smaller counterpart, just follow the end stars in the bowl northward to the Little Dipper. Learn more about these stars!

Illustration of constellation Leo, with The Sickle marked.

What is the Sickle in Leo?

The Sickle in Leo is an easy-to-spot backward question mark shape made of stars that marks the head and shoulders of the constellation of the lion. The moon sometimes passes in front of the Sickle’s brightest star, Regulus.

Several bright white stars in wispy, glowing blue patches against a starry background.

Come to know Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters

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

How to find the Winter Hexagon or Winter Circle

The brightest stars in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter sky form the shape of a large hexagon, or circle, that will help you locate 6 constellations.

5 bright stars in V shape, one of them double, on a star field.

Bull’s face: The Hyades star cluster

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.

Northern Cross: Backbone of Milky Way

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

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

Find the Summer Triangle

On June and July evenings, you’ll find the Summer Triangle in the east at nightfall. It swings high overhead in the wee hours after midnight and sits in the west at daybreak.

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.

Find the Teapot in Sagittarius, 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.

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 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.

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.