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 Sky Watching Resources
 The links below lead to many excellent observing tools on the internet. All links not on the Jordan Planetarium web site will automatically open a new browser window so you will not get lost!

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Sky TelescopeSky and Telescope magazine's web site offers handy tools for telescope observers:

 

 

Print your own Jordan Planetarium sky charts for this month. (stars only) Acrobat .pdf file format.

    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December

    To view install Adobe's FREE Acrobat reader on your computer. (No spyware included.)

SEDSThe Students for the Exploration and Development of Space web site holds a wealth of astronomical information.

Sky Maps.comVery detailed sky charts with planet finding information and calendar of events.

Sky Watchers Diary from Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University

DSS logoThe Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute Digitized Sky Survey A complete, interactive photographic atlas of the deep sky that you can access for any coordinates. USNO logoToday's Sun and Moon
Earth View Generates a current image of the Earth based on satellite and topographical data. Heavens logoHeavens Above satellite predictions and astronomy data

 

The Constellations

The visible sky is divided into eighty-eight groups of stars called constellations. These constellations help astronomers locate objects in the sky, and aid in nautical navigation. The names of the constellations are listed here in alphabetical order. Most of the constellation names come from either Arabic or Greek sources. See if you can guess what each constellation stands for; click here to find the answers.

 

Andromeda
Circinus
Lacerta
Piscis Austrinus
Antlia
Columba
Leo
Puppis
Apus
Coma Berenices
Leo Minor
Phyxis
Aquarius
Corona Australis
Lepus
Reticulum
Aquila
Corona Borealis
Libra
Sagitta
Ara
Corvus
Lupus
Sagittarius
Aries
Crater
Lynx
Scorpius
Auriga
Crux
Lyra
Sculptor
Bootes
Cygnus
Mensa
Scutum
Caelum
Delphinus
Microscopium
Serpens
Camelopardalis
Dorado
Monoceros
Sextans
Cancer
Draco
Musca
Taurus
Canes Venatici
Equuleus
Norma
Telescopium
Canis Major
Eridanus
Octans
Triangulum
Canis Minor
Fornax
Ophiuchus
Triangulum Australe
Capricornus
Gemini
Orion
Tucana
Carina
Grus
Pavo
Ursa Major
Cassiopeia
Hercules
Pegasus
Ursa Minor
Centaurus
Horologium
Perseus
Vela
Cepheus
Hydra
Phoenix
Virgo
Cetus
Hydrus
Pictor
Volans
Chamaeleon
Indus
Pisces
Vulpecula

For more information about the constellations and how to locate them in the sky, go to Jim Kaler's 'Constellations' website.

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