Re­hearse and re­lo­cate

All About Space - - 15 Astronomy Tips -

9 How can you pos­si­bly re­mem­ber the names of the 5,000 or so vis­i­ble stars in the night sky? The truth is you can't, but you can learn to nav­i­gate the night sky quite eas­ily. It’s all about get­ting into good habits. When you step out­side into the dark­ness at your usual stargaz­ing lo­ca­tion – most likely your back gar­den – take a few min­utes to iden­tify ma­jor con­stel­la­tions and bright stars that are eas­ily vis­i­ble to you. At the be­gin­ning of your learn­ing you might pick out the Big Dip­per one week, the

Big Dip­per and Cas­siopeia the next week and in the third week use both of those con­stel­la­tions to find Po­laris, the North Star. Even when you’re semi-ex­pe­ri­enced in stargaz­ing re­hears­ing what you al­ready know is use­ful, par­tic­u­larly when done in a new lo­ca­tion or some­where you do not usu­ally ob­serve from.

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