Find Orion, 4 stars, and a galaxy

  This is the 3rd entry in a series about finding constellations. You can also learn to find the Big and Little Dippers, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Pegasus,  Taurus and Pleiades, the Winter Triangle, Draco, Gemini,  and Cygnus. Ever wish you could identify constellations, name stars, or see far away galaxies? It's easy. Using a few well-known "anchors" I have taught…

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Find Leo Constellation and Regulus

In myth, Leo represents the Lion. Though there are multiple lions, I like the Nemean Lion best.Photo credit: Mr E ScienceNot many constellations really look like what they are supposed to look like. Cassiopeia, though easy to find, hardly looks like someone's mom. Cancer looks like 4 very dim stars. Leo…

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Winter Triangle

The Winter Triangle is on display in January, and is one of the easiest constellations to find. Not only that, but two of the three stars in the winter triangle are very well known. In order to find the winter triangle, it must be winter. I know it seems obvious, but…


Find Gemini, Castor, and Pollux

Stargazing is a cheap, easy, fun adventure. We live in the northern hemisphere, and on most nights, we can find constellations including: The Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Cygnus, Draco, Orion, the Winter Triangle, Pleiades, Pegasus, Andromeda, and Taurus. We also find stars like Betelgeuse, Rigel, Polaris, Bellatrix, Vega, Albireo, Deneb, and Sirius. Last night I saw Orion, Taurus, and the Pleiades for the first time in a…

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M45 means Messier 45, which is the Pleiades. Here, you see how Taurus protects the Pleiades. (Image from Wikipedia.)

Find Pleiades and Taurus

This is the fourth entry about stars. Click a link for other constellations: Click here for Orion. Click here for the Little Dipper and Polaris. Click here for Cassiopeia. Click here for Cygnus. Click here for Pegasus. Click here for Draco. Click here for Andromeda. Click here for the Winter Triangle Click here for Gemini. …