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    Star chart showing Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, plus constellations of the celestial "ocean."

    The ocean in the autumn sky

    In Northern Hemisphere autumn (Southern Hemisphere spring), you can see a group of constellations that represented an “ocean” to the early stargazers.

    An illustration of Aquarius, this time a younger man, with goat from Capricornus by his side.

    Aquarius? Here’s your constellation

    Aquarius lies in a “watery” part of the sky, near Pisces the Fish, Cetus the Whale, Eridanus the River, and Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish.

    Born under the sign of Ophiuchus?

    Born between November 29 and December 18? If so, the sun passes in front of Ophiuchus on your birthday.

    Sagittarius? Here’s your constellation

    How to find Sagittarius on August evenings, plus the lore and science of this constellation.

    Libra? Here’s your constellation

    The zodiacal constellation Libra the Scales is a fixture of the evening sky during a Northern Hemisphere summer (Southern Hemisphere winter).

    Virgo? Here’s your constellation

    The constellation Virgo the Maiden fully returns to the early evening sky – with her feet planted on the eastern horizon – in early May.

    How Leo the Lion lost his tail

    And how we gained a new constellation. Read about the Lion and the Queen’s Hair, one of skylore’s most famous legends, here.

    Cancer? Here’s your constellation

    Here’s how to find the constellation Cancer in your sky. Plus Cancer’s place in sky history, lore and science.

    Gemini? Here’s your constellation

    The constellation Gemini, with its two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, shines prominently in winter and spring night skies of the Northern Hemisphere.

    Taurus? Here’s your constellation

    How to find to find the constellation Taurus in your night sky. Plus the names of some of its bright stars and star clusters and its mythology.

    Aries? Here’s your constellation

    How to see Aries the Ram in your night sky, plus info about this constellation in astronomy history and mythology.

    Pisces? Here’s your constellation

    How to see the constellation Pisces and its alpha star, Al Risha, the star that ties the 2 Fishes together by their tails.

    Close-up on Cassiopeia the Queen

    It’s an easy constellation to identify because it has the shape of an M or W. On these October evenings, look for Cassiopeia the Queen high in the northeast sky, not far from the North Star.

    Star chart showing Cassiopeia and Perseus.

    Found Cassiopeia? Now look for Perseus

    Perseus follows Cassiopeia across the night sky. It’s fainter, but has a graceful shape and some of the sky’s most interesting stars and star clusters.

    Scorpius? Here’s your constellation

    The Scorpion in the sky and?in mythology. Here’s everything you need to know.

    Leo? Here’s your constellation

    Leo the Lion is one of the easiest constellations to identify in the night sky. April and May are great months to spot it.

    How to see Auriga the Charioteer

    Come to know constellation Auriga’s bright star Capella and the little asterism called The Kids.

    Capricornus? Here’s your constellation

    No matter where you live worldwide, Capricornus the Sea-goat climbs highest in the sky in early September. How to see it, and how a sea-goat came to reside among the stars.

    Use Southern Cross to find due south

    From the Northern Hemisphere, a fairly bright North Star marks the direction north. From the Southern Hemisphere, the Southern Cross points the way south.

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