One benefit of constellations is to find your way around the night sky. To start, find something you know. Now, a good starting point is the Big Dipper, part of Ursa Major – the big bear. After sunset, look northwest and two-thirds of the way up from the horizon.
Once you find it, the stars on the end of the bowl are pointer stars. They point to the North Star, Polaris. This is the star at the tail of the Little Dipper, Ursa Minor – the little bear. Following the arc of the tail of the big bear will lead you to Arcturus. It is the brightest star in the constellation Bootes, the Herdsman.
To learn more about constellations and navigating around the night sky, come join us at the Insperity Observatory on public night. We are open from sunset to 10 p.m. on the first Friday each month (


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Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.