Night Sky

By Collin O’Mara-Green

Summer Constellations

The long days make for later viewing times, but the warm weather helps summer constellations enjoyable to view. Here are some major constellations to look for over the coming months.

Ursa Major, or the Great Bear, prowls high in the northern sky. The shape within the constellation most people know is the Big Dipper, which looks like a large spoon or ladle of seven stars. The last two stars in the scoop point outward to the dim star Polaris, the North Star, which is the tail of the Little Dipper or Ursa Minor.

Scorpius the Scorpion will be rising in the southeast sky over the next few months. Marked by the bright red giant star Antares which forms the heart, there are three stars above forming the head and pinchers. Below trails many stars forming the body and ending in two stars of the stinger. This large constellation fills a large part of the southern sky in later months.

For a challenge, look overhead for the faint constellation Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown. It looks like a U-shaped group of 7 dim stars.

Keep lookin’ up!

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