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How to View the Constellations of the Autumn Sky

Watch more Astronomy & Stargazing videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to view the constellations of the autumn sky with these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Prepare Choose a clear, starry autumn night to stargaze. For the best possible viewing, a telescope is ideal. But, if you don't have access to one, you can get a magnified view of the nighttime sky with a pair of binoculars. Tip Use a star chart specific to the current month to help guide and inform your search for constellations. Step 2: Find Find the constellation Cassiopeia at the top of the sky in mid-autumn. The mythological queen is represented by five bright stars making a W, or M, shape. Step 3: Locate Andromeda Locate the constellation Andromeda, daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia, directly to the south of Cassiopeia. Tip Look through your binoculars or telescope to get a better view of the Andromeda Galaxy, called M31, which is the closest large galaxy to our Milky Way. Step 4: Find the Great Square of Pegasus Find the Great Square of Pegasus by looking for a square formed by four bright stars with very little visible in its middle. Find the front legs and head by picturing the winged horse upside down. Enjoy the transitional season to enjoy the constellations. Did You Know? In Greek mythology, the winged horse, Pegasus, was born out of Medusa's body when Perseus cut her head off.
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