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Stargazing Chart; How to use this 360[bar] view The map shows how the skies above South Wales will look at 10pm tonight. Just face south and hold the map up. You should see the stars in these positions.

Byline: Graham Henry

FORGET the majestic tones of Professor Brian Cox - the Echo has devised the ultimate guide to mapping the South Wales sky tonight.

As Stargazing Live draws to a close, viewers suffering withdrawal symptoms and looking for a constellation fix can keep the astronomical juggernaut going with the Echo's own Stargazing Chart.

The pull-out map pinpoints the exact layout of the night sky above Cardiff and the Valleys at 10pm tonight.

It comes amid a peak in interest in the cosmos, with the Stargazing Live programme pushing curious gazes towards the night sky and the discovery of a host of potential Earth-like "Goldilocks-zone" planets which could host intelligent life. So if you want to have a go at mapping the stars yourself, you don't have to dust off your telescope - just take a walk into the back garden with our specially produced chart.

Professor Brian All you have to do is stand, Echo pullout in hand, facing south, and look up above you at exactly 10pm tonight - and the constellations will mirror what you see on these pages.

We've even given you the background to each of the constellations of the night sky.

Our efforts come as Stargazing Live - presented by Prof Cox and comedian Dara O'Briain - has sparked a renewed interest in astronomy.

Prof Cox, who used to be in pop band D:Ream, is credited with bringing a bit of beef to the normally dusty world of astrophysics and had urged Britain to turn out the lights during the three-day BBC stargazing extravaganza this week so that people could see the constellations clearly. The show has even inspired "star parties", where stargazing fanatics could group together to share their love of the night sky.

He has even been credited with an upsurge in sales of telescopes, with his return to the screens on BBC Two resulting in an almost 500% increase in sales of telescopes on Amazon's UK website.

In what was dubbed the "Brian Cox effect", the online retailer saw a huge rise in sales in the hours after the first programme.

"In the three hours following Stargazing Live being aired we saw an almost six-fold increase in sales of telescopes," said Neil Campbell, the camera and photo store manager at "Each time the popular physicist appears on TV we see a jump in telescope sales and that would appear to point to a significant 'Brian Cox effect' encouraging a renewed interest in stargazing."

Cox Stargazing Live has also outshone BBC comedy The Royal Bodyguard, starring David Jason.

The show, which ran from 8.30pm to 10pm, got an audience of around 3.8 million, while the much-trumpeted comedy pulled in only 2.6 million.

A series of spin-off events were organised across the country, including in Wick, Vale of Glamorgan, which has been hosting events at the Sports Pavilion this week, including a final event tonight.

Prof Derek Ward-Thompson, of Cardiff University, leads presentations at the Wick event.

He said: "Stargazing Live is an excellent opportunity for members of the public of all ages to join in.

"Astronomy is a fascinating subject, and this is a rare opportunity to look through a telescope at the night sky."

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE SKY Coma Berenices: Owes its name to a historical figure, Queen Berenice II of Egypt. It's small but rich in galaxies. Sextans: A minor constellation, it is dim and covers a sparse area of sky, but the Moon and some planets do pass through it occasionally. Hydra: The largest constellation of all, it is represented as a water snake.

Despite its size, Hydra contains only one reasonably bright star, Alphard. Leo: One of the constellations of the zodiac. It contains many bright stars including Regulus, which is depicted as the lion's tail.

Leo Minor: Lying between the larger and more recognisable Ursa Major and Leo, the faint Leo Minor's brightest stars form a rough triangle.

Canes Venatici: A small, northern constellation, its name is Latin for "hunting dogs". The stars are not bright. Ursa Major: Known also as the "Great Bear", this constellation is one of the constellations visible throughout the year in most of the northern hemisphere. It is dominated by the famous pattern, "The Big Dipper" or "Plough".

Cancer: One of the constellations of the Zodiac, Cancer, Latin for "crab", is small and its stars are faint.

Canis Minor: A small constellation, containing only two bright stars, its name is derived from the Latin for "smaller dog".

Monoceros: This is a faint constellation on the celestial equator. Its name is Greek for unicorn, and is not very easily seen.

Canis Major: "Greater dog", is a large constellation, which contains Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

Gemini: A constellation of the Zodiac, its name is Latin for "twins," and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology. Lynx: A constellation of the north, it is a very faint constellation, with its brightest stars forming a zigzag line. Ursa Minor: A smaller neighbour of Ursa Major, the Little Bear is a constellation of the north. Its tail may also be seen as the handle of a ladle, nicknamed "Little Dipper".

Draco: With a Latin name meaning dragon, Draco is circumpolar, meaning it never sets, for many observers in the northern hemisphere.

Camelopardalis: A large, faint constellation. Last year a supernova was discovered in this constellation.

Auriga: Latin for "charioteer", this is a star system in the shape of a sphere. Its brightest star is called Capella. Orion: One of the most recognisable constellations, Orion - "The Hunter" - can be seen throughout the world, and is one of the most prominent, located on the celestial equator. Lepus: A constellation lying south of the celestial equator and its more famous neighbour Orion, its name is Latin for "hare".

Columbia: A small, faint constellation, it is more inconspicuous that its larger neighbours Canis Major and Lepus. Cygnus: One of the most recognisable constellations of the northern summer and autumn, it features a prominent system known as the Northern Cross.

Cepheus: Named after Cepheus, King of Aethiopia in Greek mythology, this constellation features three red "supergiants" visible to the naked eye. Lacerta: Latin for "lizard", this is a small, faint constellation. Its brightest stars form a "W" shape.

Cassiopeia: Named after the vain queen in Greek mythology, it is a W-shaped constellation formed by five bright stars.

Andromeda: Sometimes known as "The Chained Lady", it is named after Andromeda, who was chained to a rock to be eaten by the sea monster Cetus in Greek mythology. Perseus: Named after the Greek hero Perseus, this constellation is famous for the variable star Algol and is the scene of the Perseids meteor shower. Triangulum: A small constellation, its name comes from its three brightest stars, which form a long and narrow triangle.

Aries: A system of the Zodiac, its name is Latin for "ram". Ancient Greek astronomers visualised Aries as a ram lying down with its head turned to the right.

Pisces: Another sign of the Zodiac, its name is the Latin plural for "fish", and an equinox is currently located on this constellation.

Cetus: Planets may be seen in this constellation occasionally, and its name refers to a sea monster in Greek mythology, although it is often called "the whale" today.

Eridanus: The sixth largest of modern constellations, this southern system contains Achernar - one of the flattest stars known.


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Date:Jan 20, 2012
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