Category Archives: Constellations

How to Find the Southern Cross from Panama

Question: Hello…I am visiting Panama, and live at 52degrees N in central Canada.  I heard that I should be able to see the Southern Cross from here.  At what time is best to see it, and since there is a … Continue reading

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Star and Planet Sky Location Information

Question: Could you generate an image of the planetary alignment on September 26th,  2014?  – Branden Answer: I think that you are probably looking for night sky planet positions for a given date.  One of the best sources for this … Continue reading

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Night Sky Movement Simulator

Question:  Would you recommend a particular method of study to simply gain an understanding and anticipation of the hourly and seasonal movement and changes of the night sky?  – Lou Answer:  I would recommend a free program called Stellarium.  This … Continue reading

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Do We Have Measurements of the Stars in the Constellations of the Zodiac?

Question:  Do we have recorded emissions from all the major stars in the zodiac?  – Toby Answer:  As the zodiac is comprised of the 13 constellations through which the Sun’s path in the sky travels over one year, and these … Continue reading

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Star Gazer Lives On

Hi Folks, Through a very interesting article in the latest edition of Astronomy Beat, produced by my colleagues at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), I was re-introduced to a wonderful little PBS-produced television show called “Star Gazers”.  These … Continue reading

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Is There a Standard for Constellation Patterns?

Question:  I’m Juliana, 25, a brazilian astronomy college student, and I’m curious about constellations. I know they’re regions in the sky, not really groups of stars, but they’re presented for the public as shapes of animals, Gods and objects, and … Continue reading

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Star Wheel with Pulsar Locations for the Northern Hemisphere?

Question:  The Parkes Radio Telescope has designed a star finder that locates pulsars on it: https://68569a01-a-57edd292-s-sites.googlegroups.com/a/uncleal.net/ag/uncle-als-starwheels/ParkesStarWheel.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7coPZbmLgYn65LCyVdRVYD2cuRHbQIwPiDQNQEMIK9SQbJQZhAXKi3VPXqGngxFHzRRXAF1_oS6ttUrnf8KKXBlLOOCrUKyvw4VROfbIsQtajOi9xnqJ6EaXpnO76xBo2hdHv4WIbjPM5fEuB7j7IQN9TcP38IhytQxxeTjy7CwcFLrYJvhOmuCAh1ngb_nVbxnUZ-hKSWLjbsAwZoudGMsJ8ZDhTXlT5Cm0SDLR98YeGtO0WJw%3D&attredirects=0 But this star wheel is designed for southern sky users.  Has NRAO designed a star wheel with pulsars on it for Northern Sky Users?  … Continue reading

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How Big is the Big Dipper?

Question: How big is the Big Dipper?  – Kristyn Answer: The Big Dipper is about 26 degrees in length on the sky, from the end star of the “handle” to the side of the “dipper”. Jeff Mangum

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How Many Stars in the Ancient Constellation Argo Navis?

Question:  I have a question about the ancient constellation Argo Navis. I am trying to determine from exactly how many stars it was comprised. I have seen one reference that lists an enormous number of stars. Another lists 26. Which … Continue reading

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Which Constellations are Visible All Year Long from the Earth’s Equator?

Question: What are constellations [are] visible from the equator all year round, and [which] constellations [are] NOT visible all year round ([from the] equator)?  – Chae Answer: There are no constellations visible all-year from the Earth’s equator.  By the same … Continue reading

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