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 2018-2019 Dates and Constellations

Northern Constellations

2018

Perseus
Oct. 30-Nov. 8, Nov. 29-Dec. 8, 2018

2019

Orion   (For latitudes at & less than 40°)
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019,
Jan 27 - Feb 5, Feb 26 - Mar 7, 2019

Taurus   (For latitudes at & greater than 40°)
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019

Gemini   (For latitudes at & greater than 40°)
Feb 26 - Mar 7, 2019

Leo
Mar 27 -Apr 5, Apr 25 - May 4, 2019

Bootes
May 25 - June 3, 2019

Hercules
June 24 - July 3, July 24 - Aug 2, 2019

Cygnus
Aug 22 - Aug 31, Sept 20 - 29, 2019

Pegasus
Oct 19 - 28, 2019

Perseus
Nov 18 - 27, Dec 18 - 27, 2019

Southern Constellations

2018

Grus
Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, Nov. 29 - Dec. 8, 2018

2019

Canis Major
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019

Orion
Jan 27 - Feb 5, Feb 26 - Mar 7, 2019

Crux
Mar 27 -Apr 5, Apr 25 - May 4, May 25 - June 3, 2019

Scorpius
June 24 - July 3, July 24 - Aug 2, 2019

Sagittarius
Aug 22 - Aug 31, Sept 20 - 29, 2019

Grus
Oct 19 - 28, Nov 18 - 27, Dec 18 - 27, 2019