Category Archives: Constellation Activities

A Night Sky Puzzle

Here is a little test of your knowledge of the constellations, comets, and moon phases. Can you find six mistakes in this image? Answers will be posted in the comments. Advertisements

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September Skies, part 1

Fall is fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means the seasonal constellations are changing. In the southern view, we have a low parade of zodiacal constellations (the path the Sun, Moon, and planets take across the sky), some … Continue reading

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Can you handle Hercules?

May is a good month for going out to spot the constellation of Hercules, but if you find yourself saying, “Mayday Mayday Mayday, I cannot find Hercules,” then read on for a few tricks for locating him. I freely admit … Continue reading

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Spring Constellations: Corvus, Crater, Hydra, and Cancer

So far in our spring sky we have looked at Orion’s departure, how to rain water down on Leo, how to “arc to Arcturus and speed on to Spica,” how to view Virgo as a further guide to finding Leo … Continue reading

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Orion Is Leaving Us!

If you’ve been watching Orion in the evening sky, you may have noticed that Orion is appearing lower and lower in the west each night as he prepares to leave us for the summer. I like Orion, so this is … Continue reading

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Mid-April Stargazing 2012

Ah, spring. Trees are budding, my plum tree is preparing to flower, and the evenings are mild and great for taking a kid out stargazing. Here’s a quick guide to some of the things you can show them. Looking west … Continue reading

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Oatmeal Box Planetarium

As the weather gets chillier, you might start eating more hot cereal like oatmeal. If you don’t, maybe you should start, because you can use those tall, round oatmeal containers to make home planetariums with your kids. Oh, and oatmeal … Continue reading

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Sagittarius, The Little Teapot

Today let us pause a moment to observe the passing of Sagittarius from due south in our night sky. The Friday, September 23 entry from Sky & Telescope’s This Week’s Sky at a Glance reads, “As summer turns to fall, … Continue reading

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The Summer Triangle

The first day of summer is June 21, just about two weeks away. The Summer Triangle now appears in the east at dusk. Made of three bright stars from three different constellations, the Summer Triangle can be picked out when … Continue reading

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