How to find the Winter Hexagon or Winter Circle

The brightest stars in the Northern Hemisphere's winter sky form the shape of the Winter Hexagon or Circle, that will help you locate 6 constellations.

Hyades star cluster: face of the Bull

You can easily see the V-shaped Hyades star cluster, Face of Taurus the Bull, and the bright reddish star Aldebaran, the fiery Eye of 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.