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Reach for the stars: Learn how to spot constellations, view meteor showers, and much more in this astronomy and stargazing video series from Howcast.
You Will Need
- Clear night
- Telescope or binoculars
- Star chart (optional)
Choose a clear, starry autumn night to stargaze. For the best possible viewing, a telescope is ideal. But, if you don't have access to one, you can get a magnified view of the nighttime sky with a pair of binoculars.
Find the constellation Cassiopeia at the top of the sky in mid-autumn. The mythological queen is represented by five bright stars making a W, or M, shape.
Locate the constellation Andromeda, daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia, directly to the south of Cassiopeia.
Find the Great Square of Pegasus
Find the Great Square of Pegasus by looking for a square formed by four bright stars with very little visible in its middle. Find the front legs and head by picturing the winged horse upside down. Enjoy the transitional season to enjoy the constellations.