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 2014 Dates and Constellations

Northern Constellations

Orion
January 20-29, February 19-28, March 21-30, 2014

Leo
April 20-29, May 19-28, 2014

Hercules
June 17-26, July 16-25, August 15-24, 2014

Cygnus
September 15-24, 2014

Pegasus
October 14-23, 2014

Perseus
November 12-21, December 11-20, 2014

Southern Constellations

Orion
January 20-29, February 19-28, March 21-30, 2014

Crux
March 25-30, April 20-29, May 19-28, 2014

Scorpius
June 17-26, July 16-25, 2014

Sagittarius
August 15-24, September 15-24, October 14-23, 2014

Cetus
November 12-21, December 11-20, 2014

The Globe at Night dates for 2015 have just been released! They will be:

  • January 11-20
  • February 9-18
  • March 11-20
  • April 9-18
  • May 9-18
  • June 8-17
  • July 7-16
  • August 5-14
  • September 3-12
  • October 3-12
  • November 2-11
  • December 2-11