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 2016-17 Dates and Constellations

Northern Constellations

2016

Perseus
December 20-30, 2016

2017

Orion
January 19-28, February 18-27, 2017

Leo
March 20-29, April 18-27, May 17-26, 2017

Hercules
June 16-25, July 15-24, August 14-23, 2017

Cygnus
September 12-21, October 11-20, 2017

Pegasus
November 10-19, December 9-18, 2017

Southern Constellations

2016

Orion
December 20-30, 2016

2017

Orion
January 19-28, February 18-27, 2017

Canis Major
March 20-29, 2017

Crux
April 18-27, May 17-26, 2017

Scorpius
June 16-25, July 15-24, 2017

Sagittarius
August 14-23, September 12-21, 2017

Grus
October 11-20, November 10-19, December 9-18, 2017