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Each lab class will have a session scheduled in the Rauch Planetarium to help you learn to
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identify constellations, bright stars, and the planets that are currently visible. It will help
 
identify constellations, bright stars, and the planets that are currently visible. It will help
 
if you work on this with a star chart of your own, such as you might find in an astronomy
 
if you work on this with a star chart of your own, such as you might find in an astronomy

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Each lab class will have a session to help you learn to identify constellations, bright stars, and the planets that are currently visible. It will help if you work on this with a star chart of your own, such as you might find in an astronomy book, or in one of these free resources:


Free star chart for anywhere at any time

Sky maps by the month

Tonight's sky including artficial satellites

Weekly guide and news

Beautiful planetarium software for your computer


If want to pursue this and learn the night sky well, you should consider getting a planisphere star finder if one was not already required for the lecture class. This is a rotating map of the sky that will show you how it appears on any date and time. We will provide star charts to help you in the lab. You may install the free Stellarium software to review the appearance of the sky at home.


Constellations seen from the Northern Hemisphere by Season

Summer

  • Aquila (Altair)
  • Corona Borealis
  • Cygnus (Deneb)
  • Draco
  • Hercules
  • Lyra (Vega)
  • Sagittarius
  • Scorpius (Antares)


Fall

  • Andromeda
  • Cepheus
  • Cassiopeia
  • Pegasus
  • Perseus (Algol)


Winter

  • Auriga (Capella)
  • Canis Major
  • Canis Minor (Procyon)
  • Gemini
  • Orion (Betelgeuse and Rigel)
  • Taurus (Aldebaran and the Pleiades)


Spring

  • Bootes (Arcturus)
  • Cancer
  • Leo (Regulus)
  • Virgo (Spica)
  • Ursa Major (pointer stars)
  • Ursa Minor (Polaris)