The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters, is easily recognizable once you know how to find it. Where and when should one look to find the Pleiades star cluster in the night sky?
Most people know of 12 constellations that make up the ecliptic zodiac. Bu, there are two more that are often left out. Ophiuchus is one of them and is located near Scorpio and Sagittarius. The other is Orion that almost intersects the ecliptic at the border of Taurus and Gemini.
Astronomy facts about the North Star (Polaris) and the Southern Cross (Crux) for kids. Learn astronomy for elementary age kids.
Pollux and Castor are the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini. They have quite the mythological history. Pollux was immortal and Castor was not. Read to find out how they ended up in the sky!
The constellation Libra has a mythological history, just like all the constellations that circle the zodiac. Find out about how "scales" relate to Libra and see what stars make up this constellation.
Taurus is a constellation which can be seen in the night sky during the months of December and January. Taurus can be recognized by a V-shaped asterism known as the Hyades, and the giant red star Aldebaran
“..turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.”― Shakespeare
If we look along the ecliptic and the constellations of the zodiac, one thing becomes apparent and that is they are not all 30 degrees in extent. some are more and some less. Only a few are actually 30 degrees. In addition, there is a 13th constellation that intersects the ecliptic and that is...
Unlike our zodiac, the Maya described 13 constellations. They had two groups of 13; one of which approximates our zodiac, but with 13 divisions, and 13 clustered around Orion and around Sagittarius - Scorpio. More importantly, they had a "cosmic tree" tied with the milky way.
An article summary about the different constellations and other astronomical objects visible to the naked eye as viewed during the winter months, in the Northern Hemisphere.