When are the Constellations visible?

"Heaven's utmost deep
Gives up her stars, and like a flock of sheep
They pass before his eye, are number'd, and roll on."
Shelley
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Month of midnight culmination for constellations at least partially visible from America

 

Prominent or important constellations for northern hemisphere observers are noted in bold. To plan a skywatch, look at the web pages for the constellations in bold a month or two on either side of the current date. For example, in January, plan to look for the constellations listed in bold for November through March. Also check out the circumpolar constellations visible anytime (below).

Where should I look for a constellation on a date before or after its midnight culmination? What is midnight culmination?

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Constellations visible anytime

What are circumpolar constellations?

Never visible from most of America

Magnificent southern skies!

These constellations lie far south of the celestial equator. Their declination is more than 55 degrees south, therefore they are never even partially visible from a terrestrial latitude of 35 degrees north.

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