Magnitude Charts for the Constellation Hercules 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 Hercules?
Hercules the hero of Greece can be best seen by looking up and to the North in the summer. By finding the brightest star Vega by looking North, and looking just west of that you can make out the keystone or body the body of Hercules. The head of Hercules will be to the South, and his kneeling legs will be pointing northward.
Practice Finding Hercules.
(Images modified from charts provided by Jan Hollan, of the Global Change Research Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)