Tagged: star constellation
3 April 2022 at 10:59 pm #609542Ross MackenzieParticipant
How do i go about of learning star constellation and I am beginner
R Mackenzie4 April 2022 at 9:28 am #609545David BaseyParticipant
I well remember 50+ years ago standing out under a starry sky and trying to identify the constellations for the first time. Very confusing but I got there in the end and so will you. The good news is that there are now facilities available to help you that weren’t back then.
There are two steps to success. Firstly you need to know what’s ‘up’ at the time you are looking. For this you will need a smartphone app, planisphere or a current popular astronomy magazine with a star chart in it.
Secondly, you need to pick out an easy to find, bright pattern. In the northern sky the Plough will be useful. At this time of year if you look towards the SW you should see Orion just after dark. Once you’ve identified the bright pattern you can use it as a signpost to other constellations.
Lastly this article lists the ‘Starting Out’ tutorials in a logical manner which as a beginner you may find useful.
Best wishes, David.4 April 2022 at 11:59 am #609549Christopher NewmanParticipant
As a recent returner to the fascinating science of Astronomy, I find that the constellations are the same but technology has moved on a lot. So, rather than looking in books and magazines to help me know what is where and when and how bright things are (which I still do by the way) I now also use a free planetarium program on my main computer, and on an Android tablet which I can take outside with me. A good old fashion solution is also a Planisphere.
Pick one obvious constellation to start with like Ursa Major (also know as The Plough or Big Dipper), you will then know where you are (and where the Celestial North Pole is) and you can work out from there.
Chris5 April 2022 at 3:00 pm #609562Christopher NewmanParticipant
I wanted to edit/correct my previous post to state that the Big Dipper or The Plough is an “Asterism” i.e. just the brighter tail end of Ursa Major. That is to say just a small group of stars within a constellation or spanning more than one constellation, such as The Summer Triangle. But I have yet to find out how to edit a previous post.
Sorry for the confusion
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