The Brightest Stars

Living in a town or city

  • In fact, but it’s a “strangely” – I have learnt the night sky for my first time to look-up from my area with light polluted area, this was helped to be given “easy” to look at the brightest stars, because the fainter stars are not visible that will leave only the brightest stars for outline the constellations. (Click here for example.)
  • Once in the wintertime at North Norfolk for my stargazing weekend, where the skies are amazingly dark and clear – seeing brilliant, really awesome! but it took me some agonisingly long time to recognise the constellations because of that; fainter stars had become visible and ruined the patterns I learnt before. (Click here for example.)

More certainty

  • Light pollution – not good, is no bad thing for learning the sky.
  • So actually start to find with a clear night? – all the stars in every direction you look in have been grouped into areas – “Stars families” – known as constellations.
  • Actually 88 constellations in total, but some are easier to see and the `signposts` that can be used to find many others in different parts of the Night Sky.

Famous the Seven Stars

  • Famous the seven stars forming the asterism known as `The Plough`, sometimes, `The Big Dipper` are known well to nearly everyone living in Northern Hemisphere.
  • The reason to tell you about Northern Hemisphere because you’ll find that bright Plough stars never go below from your place in the UK’s horizon, so you will see it no matter what time of year it is  –  these are called circumpolar stars. (Click here for diagram and animation.)

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