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(Submitted February 01, 1997)

I am trying to learn about the constellations and how to pick out the different ones by star gazing. Can you help me do that in this site?

The Answer

For learning about the constellations on the web, we recommend:

http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/

However, it may be more useful to buy a planisphere (star wheel), the current issue of "Sky & Telescope", "Astronomy"or a similar magazine, or a book on stars and constellations. You can take any one of these outside with you when you go star gazing, and compare what you see on the sky with what is on the chart.

Hope this helps,

Koji Mukai
for Imagine the Universe!

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