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Constellation Notes

Leo ~ Virgo ~ Draco ~ Bootes ~ Cassiopeia ~ Cepheus ~ Little Dipper ~ Big Dipper ~
Sagittarius ~ Lyra ~ Cygnus ~ Aquila ~ Summer Triangle ~ Corona Borealis ~ Delphinus ~ Scorpius ~ Hercules

 

Leo ~ Following a line from Megrez through Phecda of the Big Dipper will point to Regulus the bright star in the middle of Leo.

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Virgo ~ Following a line from the stars Dubhe through Phecda will point to Spica the bright star in Virgo.

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Draco ~ Following the stars Phecda through Megrez of the Big Dipper will point to the tail of Draco.

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Bootes ~ Following Mizar through Alkaid in the handle of the Big Dipper will point to the star Arcturus in the point of Bootes.

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Cassiopeia ~ Following a line from the star Alioth in the Big Dipper through Polaris will point to the center star of Cassiopeia.

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Cepheus ~ Following the stars Merak through Dubhe of the Big Dipper through Polaris will point to the peak of Cepheus and the star Errai.

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Little Dipper ~ Locate by following an imaginary line from Merak through Dubhe in the Big Dipper. These two stars will point to Polaris (North Star) the last star in the handle of the Little Dipper.

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Big Dipper ~ Located in the northern sky throughout the year. The Big Dipper can be used to locate several other constellations. The Big Dipper itself is located in the constellation Ursa Major/The Great Bear.

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Sagittarius ~ Following a line from the three stars in Aquila to low in the southern sky you will find Sagittarius.

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Lyra ~ Vega, the brightest star of the Summer Triangle will mark the corner of Lyra.

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Cygnus ~ Deneb, the northern most star of the Summer Triangle, is in the constellation Cygnus. Also known as the Northern Cross, Deneb is the bright star on the top of the cross.

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Aquila ~ The southern most star in the Summer Triangle is Altair. Altair is part of the constellation Aquila (The Eagle).

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Summer Triangle ~ Three of the brightest stars Deneb, Vega and Altair form the Summer Triangle. Following the stars Phecda through Megrez in the Big Dipper will point to the middle of the Summer Triangle in the eastern sky.

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Corona Borealis ~ Found just to the southeast of Bootes is Corona Borealis also known as the Northern Crown.

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Delphinus ~ Following Polaris through Deneb in Cygnus will point to Delphinus.

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Scorpius ~ Following a line from Alioth through Mizar of the Big Dipper to low in the southern sky you will find Scorpius. Antares it's brightest star is located in the middle of Scorpius.

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Hercules ~ Found between the constellations Lyra and Bootes. Following the stars Alioth through Mizar of the Big Dipper will also point toward Hercules.

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