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Star charts for winter: June 01 at 00:00, July 01 at 22:00, and August 01 at 20:00.

Evening sky in winter, looking north-east

The Milky Way is well placed for observing at this time of year. It spans from the False Cross in the south- west, up through Crux and Centaurus, to the curved figure of Scorpius the Scorpion nearly overhead. From there the Milky Way passes through Sagittarius and Aquila, and on towards the north-eastern horizon. Below Scorpius (with the red star Antares) lies Sagittarius the Archer, where the Milky Way is particularly bright, marking the centre of our Galaxy. Facing north, the sprawling constellation of Ophiuchus lies below the Scorpion. In Greek legend, Ophiuchus used a magical potion to resurrect Orion after Scorpius had killed him. Below Ophiuchus lies another hero of Greek legend, Hercules. Low on the northern horizon is Vega in Lyra.

Mar 1 at 06:00

Apr 1 at 04:00

May 1 at 02:00

Jun 1 at 00:00

Jul 1 at 22:00

Aug 1 at 20:00

Evening sky in winter, looking south

The Southern Cross (Crux) and Pointers sit high in the winter evening sky, with the southern Milky Wa y cascading down through Carina, Puppis and Vela setting in the south-west. The two Clouds of Magellan are low down but can still be enjoyed. The south celestial pole is located midway between Crux and Achernar, the star marking the southern end of Eridanus (the River). A line drawn from the Pointers through the Southern Triangle (Triangulum Australe, labelled "TrA") and extended, points the way to Peacock, the brightest star in Pavo. This star, together with Alnair (in Grus, the Crane) and Fomalhaut (in Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish) form a prominent line of bright stars, which make a large triangle with the inclusion of Ankaa (in Phoenix).

Mar 1 at 06:00

Apr 1 at 04:00

May 1 at 02:00

Jun 1 at 00:00

Jul 1 at 22:00

Aug 1 at 20:00

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