Category Archives: Navigating the sky

Getting started in Astronomy (Part 2), by Steve Southern

Continuing on from last month let’s look at how some more of the more obvious constellations and stars can be used as pointers and sign posts in the night sky. Let’s go back to the Plough which is part of the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The 2 pointer stars point towards Polaris, the […] Continue Reading »

Constellation of the Month (December 2008) – Taurus, by Steve Southern

Avoiding the obvious Orion, December’s constellation of the month is the wonderful Taurus, the bull. Click for printable map http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/tau/tau.htm Myth Taurus is one of the oldest zodiacal constellations. According to myth, Taurus represents the bull form taken on by Jupiter or Zeus in pursuit of the fair maidens of the seven sisters (Pleiades). There […] Continue Reading »

Getting started in Astronomy (Part 1), by Steve Southern

We’re starting a new feature for those members new to astronomy. This month to start you off we have “Getting started in astronomy”, a guide to those “first steps” in astronomy and a view of some key constellations of the northern skies. Plus “Constellation of the month”, a closer view at Andromeda this month. Stars […] Continue Reading »

Constellation of the Month (November 2008) – Andromeda, by Steve Southern

High in the south at midnight in November is the wonderful constellation of Andromeda. Look for it almost directly above you towards the South at around midnight during November. Click for printable map http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/and/and.html Myth Andromeda is the Greek daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cephus of Ethiopia. Andromeda was very beautiful making Hera, wife […] Continue Reading »