The following images are designed to demonstrate the night sky as seen when
looking in the appropriate direction during a given season. By moving the mouse
over the image, constellation drawings will appear. Sometimes it can be
difficult to trace out a constellation without seeing an example because of
several factors to include: light pollution, changes in position due to season
changes, size differences from star charts to real size, and unfamiliarity.
Hopefully this guide will help change this.
Please be patient as the design of
this page downloads the images so the mouse-over and larger images will appear
faster when accessing each image.
These images constitute the
northern hemisphere as seen from San Francisco, California. Click on the image
to view a larger size. You may notice right away the band of stars in some of
these images. This is our Milky Way galaxy, and such a dramatic view is not
possible in real life; however, if observing far away from city lights this band
is visible - the darker the location, the more dramatic the band.
All images are from
Starry Night, version 4.5.