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.

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.

Great Square of Pegasus gallops into autumn sky

The Great Square of Pegasus consists of 4 stars of nearly equal brightness in a large square pattern. It's a great jumping-off point for star-hopping.

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.