Magnitude Charts for the Constellation Cetus at 40N
Compare the view of your nighttime sky to the Magnitude Charts below. This will determine the magnitude of the faintest stars that you can see at your location. For printouts to use during your observation, you can use the magnitude charts included in the Activity Guides. For practice, try the Observation Practice quiz! (requires Flash)
Can You Find Cetus?
Cetus the sea monster is found in the barren part of the night sky among all of the other water related constellations being Pisces, Eridanus, and Aquarius. Cetus is easy to find as it is quite large and lies in a region of the sky lacking many stars. Cetus can be found most easily rising just above the eastern horizon in the fall and winter. The constellation is found just west of Taurus the Bull and East of Aquarius. Like it is easy to find Ursa Major by spotting the big dipper, it is easy to spot Cetus through the circlet, or the pentagon of stars with the brightest star in the circlet being Mira.
Practice Finding Cetus.
(Images modified from charts provided by Jan Hollan, of the Global Change Research Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)