Five Easy Star Hunting Steps:

  1. Use the Globe at Night website to help find your constellation in the night sky.
  2. Use the Globe at Night website to find the latitude and longitude of the location where you are making your observation.
  3. Go outside more than an hour after sunset (8-10 pm local time). The Moon should not be up. Let your eyes become used to the dark for 10 minutes before your first observation.
  4. Match your observation to one of 7 magnitude charts and note the amount of cloud cover.
  5. Report the date, time, location (latitude/longitude), the chart you chose, and the amount of cloud cover at the time of observation. Make more observations from other locations, if possible. Compare your observation to thousands around the world!

Globe at Night 2016 Dates and Constellations

Northern Constellations

2016

Orion
January 1-10, February 1-10, March 1-10, 2016

Leo
March 30-April 8, April 29-May 8, 2016

Bootes
May 29-June 7, 2016

Hercules
June 27-July 6, 2016

Cygnus
July 28-August 6, 2016, August 25-September 2, 2016

Pegasus
October 21-31, 2016

Perseus
November 20-30, December 20-30, 2016

Southern Constellations

2016

Orion
January 1-10, February 1-10, 2016

Crux
March 1-10, March 30-April 8, April 29-May 8, May 29-June 7, 2016

Scorpius
June 27-July 6, 2016

Sagittarius
July 28-August 6, 2016, August 25-September 2, 2016

Grus
October 21-31, November 20-30, 2016

Orion
December 20-30, 2016