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Manaia in Palmerston North is doing 18 things including…

learn the constellations

17 cheers


Manaia has written 4 entries about this goal

I can find Scorpius!

That makes 5 constellations and one star I can find.

Scopius is apparently at its most prominent in Winter, when Orion has vanished from the sky, and it falls off the southern horizon when Orion is at its height in Summer. So you can always see at least one of them, depending on the time of year.

Also found Jupiter, but not sure if that counts, since it moves around all the time.

I can now find...

The southern cross
Sirius (part of canis major)
Pleiades cluster (matariki)

That’s progress!

I don't want to be an astronomer, but...

I’d like to recognise a few more constellations than I do, just because it will be nice to go stargazing and know what I’m looking at. At the moment, I only know Orion and the Southern Cross. If I learn to identify 5 or 10 more, I’ll count this goal as done!

Whenever I look at starmaps, though, I can never quite relate what I see to the actual sky. Does anyone know how I can start?

I think I'm looking at different stars

than all you Northern Hemisphere folks!

I can find the southern cross, the pointers, and Orion. Everything else is a mystery to me. I’ll definately buy a start chart, and try to find more stars next time I go tramping. Much easier to see them all when you’re not in the city. :-)

Manaia has gotten 17 cheers on this goal.


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