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 Dates and Constellations

Northern Constellations

2018

Orion   (For latitudes less than 40°)
January 6-15, February 5-14, March 8-17, 2018

Taurus   (For latitudes greater than 40°)
January 6-15, 2018

Gemini   (For latitudes greater than 40°)
February 5-14, 2018

Leo
March 8-17 (For latitudes greater than 30°)
April 6-15, 2018 (For all latitudes)

Bootes
May 5-14, 2018

Hercules
June 4-13, July 4-13, 2018

Cygnus
August 2-11, September 1-10, 2018

Pegasus
October 1-10, 2018

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

Southern Constellations

2018

Orion   (For latitudes less than 30°S)
January 6-15, February 5-14, 2018

Canis Major
January 6-15, February 5-14, (For latitudes greater than 30°S), March 8-17, 2018 (for all latitudes)

Crux
April 6-15, May 5-14, June 4-13, 2018

Scorpius
July 4-13, August 2-11, 2018

Sagittarius
September 1-10, October 1-10, 2018

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