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Northerners’ guide to Southern Cross

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Dr Ski in Valencia, Philippines, captured the Southern Pointer Stars – Alpha Centauri (far left) and Beta Centauri – aimed at Crux, aka the Southern Cross. Thanks,...

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Find the Summer Triangle

The Summer Triangle is made of 3 bright stars – Vega, Deneb and Altair – in 3 different constellations. Image via our friend Susan Gies Jensen in Odessa, Washington. June is here. In the Northern...

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Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters

Steve Paukin captured this image in his back yard in Winslow, Arizona on November 3, 2019. The Pleiades star cluster – also known as the Seven Sisters or M45 – is visible from virtually every part of...

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Come to know the Big and Little Dippers

The Big Dipper over a pool in the Utah desert, caught from a canyon littered with the rock art and ruins of Ancestral Puebloans. Photo by Marc Toso. View larger. | Big and Little Dippers at different...

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Northern Cross: Backbone of Milky Way

Northern Cross, with bright star Deneb at the top of the Cross, on a November evening. Image via AstroBob. The Northern Cross is a clipped version of the constellation Cygnus the Swan, and is really...

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What is the Sickle in Leo?

The Sickle in Leo looks like a backward question mark and represents the head and shoulders on the lion. Regulus is the brightest star in Leo and the Sickle. The star Ras Elased is also known as...

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Can you spot the Spring Triangle?

The Spring Triangle is an asterism with the bright stars Arcturus, Spica and Regulus at its corners. All 3 stars are in different constellations. Image via Scott Levine. As we in the Northern...

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The Scorpion’s Crown and its stellar neighborhood

The Scorpion’s Crown consists of 3 stars: Acrab, Dschubba, and Fang. They are, along with Antares and many other stars in the upper part of Scorpius, part of the Scorpius-Centaurus Association. Image...

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Coathanger cluster: Looks like its name

The Coathanger cluster looks like its namesake. Image via Wikimedia Commons.In the evening from July until about November – if you have a dark sky – you can look within the famous Summer Triangle for a...

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The Teapot guides you to the galactic center

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kannan A in Singapore captured this photo of the constellation Sagittarius, with its Teapot asterism, on May 20, 2021. Thank you, Kannan A! August, and into early...

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