Magnitude Charts for the Constellation Sagittarius 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 Sagittarius?
Sagittarius the Centaur is most easily found looking South and following the Milky Way up in the Mid-Summer. It is easiest to spot Scorpius and looking just to the left and see that Sagittarius is pointing his bow and arrow at Antares the heart of Scorpius. The most prominent feature of Sagittarius is the arrangement of the body that resembles what many point out to be a teapot. The legs of Sagittarius extend below the teapot to the South and the cape extends in the opposite direction of his bow.
Practice Finding Sagittarius.
(Images modified from charts provided by Jan Hollan, of the Global Change Research Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)