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Old 01-19-2018, 06:20 PM
 
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I've never really had much skill in picking out constellations. I usually just see dots.

I just went outside tonight to dump my trash, I look up and the first thing I see... There is Orion.

Is orion somehow enhanced tonight? Or have I just learned through the osmosis of Sci Fi shows to spot him?

What constellations are especially easy to recognize?
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:24 PM
 
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Can you see the very faint (dim) stars next to Orion that make it look like an arrow ? <--

The arrow will always point toward the Polaris. (north star)
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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Are they very close to the belt? I thought I saw them, then a couple cars came by and I lost them.

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The stars I saw are between the belt and the lower stars of what I will call the the "skirt"; Rigel and Siaph. They are close to Saiph, not in a straight line; very dim.

Each time I go out to see, I get a lot of cars coming by and house lights obscuring my view.

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Old 01-19-2018, 07:47 PM
 
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Are they very close to the belt? I thought I saw them, then a couple cars came by and I lost them.

Edit...

The stars I saw are between the belt and the lower stars of what I will call the the "skirt"; Rigel and Siaph. They are close to Saiph, not in a straight line; very dim.

Each time I go out to see, I get a lot of cars coming by and house lights obscuring my view.

Yes, near the belt. Sometimes I even need to kinda stare at the belt, then suddenly see the arrow pattern. They are dim, but once you see them it will be easy from then on out.

If you think you see the arrow pattern, look north to the north star. If it aligns, you got it.

Anytime of year it will get you to NORTH.
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