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.

Very, very many short white concentric lines in the sky above 8 large radio telescope dishes.

Use the Southern Cross to find due south

From the Northern Hemisphere, a fairly bright North Star marks the direction north. But there’s no bright star marking the direction south, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere. Instead, the Southern Cross points the way.