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Star charts for spring: September 01 at 00:00, October 01 at 22:00, and November 01 at 20:00.

Evening sky in spring, looking north-west

Facing north, look for the four stars in the shape of a large square that marks the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. Trailing down and to the right of the Square of Pegasus is Andromeda, in which lies M 31, the Andromeda Galaxy. The bright star high in the north-west is Altair in Aquila the Eagle. Below it, hugging the horizon, is Vega in Lyra, while Deneb in Cygnus lies a bit higher and to the right. Above Vega and to the right of Altair lie the two small constellations of Delphinus and Sagitta. In the west, Ophiuchus lies on his side, accompanied by Scorpius, which is setting head-first, its tail pointing up in the sky. Above Ophiuchus lies Sagittarius and the central region of our Milky Way.

Evening sky in spring, looking south-east

Crux, the Southern Cross, is positioned low down in the south-west, with the Pointers above it pointing almost vertically downward. Above the Pointers is an obvious equilateral triangle of stars, Triangulum Australe. Crux points to Achernar high in the south-east. On a dark night, look for the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) between Achernar and the Pointers. Halfway down to the horizon is the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The Magellanic Clouds are the nearest galaxies to our Milky Way. Below Achernar, just above the horizon, lies Canopus, the second-brightest star in the night sky. Fomalhaut, in the Southern Fish, is almost directly overhead. Around it are a number of watery constellations: Aquarius, Pisces and Cetus. In the east, Orion and Taurus are rising.

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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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