Moon inside the Winter Circle

Rita Raina captured all the stars in the Winter Circle, as the moon swept through it. She said, “It wasn’t easy getting them all in the frame … but it’s done!

View larger. | April 10, 2019. Image via Rita Raina.

The Winter Circle – or Winter Hexagon – is a big circle of bright stars on the dark dome of night. It’s an asterism, or recognizable star pattern. The stars that make up the Winter Circle are Rigel, Aldebaran, Capella, Procyon, Sirius, Castor and Pollux.

Look for the Winter Circle at dusk and nightfall, because – on these April evenings – the Winter Circle stars sink below the horizon by early evening.

Thanks for sharing you image with us, Rita!

Eleanor Imster