Introduction: How to Identify Constellations

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First you need:

*A star chart (can be found on

*A really dark sky

*A good pair of eyes

Step 1: Orient the Star Chart

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To use a star chart to identify stars and constellations, you must first find the one appropriate for the time of year you are observing. Face North to Orient the star Chart. If the star chart says South, turn yourself and the starchart south. Make sure everything is lined up correctly by facing Polaris for North. Polaris is the North Star. It is one of the brightest star and is most of the time near the horizon.

Step 2: Compare

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Compare the stars on the star chart and the stars you see in the night sky. When you find Polaris on the star chart and in the night sky, you can find other constellations. It is not that hard. If you want to find galaxies or nebulae. I suggest you use an advanced star chart.


Leadslinger (author)2017-04-12

Beatiful picture. I wish I could find and see a sky like that.

tigers123abc4 (author)2016-05-29

cool it help me do my project for science at school :-)

ishraq (author)2015-04-19

To see upon constellations, will i need to have a telescope? Totally new in this the question might be silly.

raytian (author)ishraq2015-04-19

Not really. Telescopes aren't needed to view the constellations. However, you will need to find a place with low light pollution. So very far away from any cities.

walkalongaviation (author)2008-12-11

I found it easier to photograph parts of the sky and then annotate the photos, revealing the stars.

photographing constellations

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