What is the most identifiable pattern of stars in the sky?
However, in the northern hemisphere the Big Dipper is usually the most identifiable pattern of stars in the sky, so it makes an excellent starting point to begin our orientation. Even the most novice stargazer is probably already familiar with the ‘cup’ and ‘long handle’ of the Big Dipper.
How to see the Little Dipper?
Begin by looking at the two stars that form the right side of the ‘cup’ and follow a straight sight line due north and you will see Polaris, the North Star, shining brightly.
Which star cluster is above the bull?
The bottom ‘horn’ is home to the Crab Nebula, and above the bull is another famous star cluster, the Pleiades. These clusters are quite beautiful, and can even be admired in some detail with the naked eye. 5. Gemini, ‘The Twins’. Orion is also key to locating the constellation Gemini.
Where is Taurus located?
Taurus is located above Orion and is often identified first by finding the large red star, Aldebaran, which is near the fork of the bull’s horns. The bottom ‘horn’ is home to the Crab Nebula, and above the bull is another famous star cluster, the Pleiades.
Is the Big Dipper a constellation?
This may be ‘cheating’ a little bit because the Big Dipper is not technically a constellation, but part of a constellation known as Ursa Major. However, in the northern hemisphere the Big Dipper is usually the most identifiable pattern of stars in the sky, so it makes an excellent starting point to begin our orientation.
What is the name of the little’s handle?
Polaris is the end star of the Little Dipper’s ‘handle.’. The handle is actually the ‘Little Bear’s’ tail, and the cup forms part of the bear’s side. When we locate the Little Dipper, we’ve also located Ursa Minor. 3. Orion, ‘The Hunter’. Orion is also one of the easiest constellations to spot in the night sky.
How to find the constellation of Orion?
Begin by looking for the three bright stars that form the straight line of the hunter’s belt. From there you should be able to make out Betelgeuse, the bright star that form’s the hunter’s armpit, and follow that east along the hunter’s arm, which is holding a bow. Other stars fill out the rectangle of the hunter’s upper body and, if you look carefully, you should be able to make out the hunter’s sword hanging from his belt.
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