Finding Constellations, Planets and Objects in the Night Sky

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If the Internet has as many astronomy resources as there are stars in the sky, then think of the Astronomy Web Guide as your map to the best and brightest. Whether you're looking for planetary data, celestial gifts or fellow star seekers, we'll help you navigate the heavenly sphere of astronomy-related sites and tools on the Web.

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Wouldn't it be great if you could actually find something other than the Big Dipper? The Web is your personal planetarium, helping you find constellations, planets and objects in the night sky.

Insights for Finding Constellations, Planets and Objects in the Night Sky

  • Most active observatories and planetariums have stargazing information on their Web sites. Find the site of the facility closest to you, as its information will pertain to your particular swath of the sky.
  • If you print anything to reference in the field, make sure to put a red filter on the light you're using to illuminate it. It can take 30 minutes for your eyes to fully readjust to darkness after a white Maglite blast.
  • When stargazing in cities or suburbs, be sure to use star maps that employ brighter objects as their points of reference, as dimmer objects can be rendered invisible by light pollution. Better yet, pack up the telescope and head somewhere with less luminary static. National parks, which enforce strict lighting ordinances, provide good vantage points.

Top Sites for Finding Constellations, Planets and Objects in the Night Sky

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