There are billions of stars in space, and there is no way that we can go over all the different constellations in one post, or even a series of posts. Therefore we are going to go over some of the more common constellations. For this post we will look at some beginner constellations.
The Big Dipper
The first constellation (seen above) that we will cover is the Big Dipper, or in the scientific community it is the known as part of the constellation Ursa Major. You can easily find the constellation by looking in the sky for the brightest seven stars, and you will have found the constellation that looks like a dipper. In the picture above, it looks like a ladle that is upside down. Four stars form the cup and three the handle. This constellation is also important because it points to the North Star when you line up the two stars on the end of the cup. The north star is important if you are trying to find North or if you are trying to escape from the South circa the 1860s.
The Little Dipper
The little dipper (scientifically known as Ursa Minor). This small constellation is unique because it looks like the big dipper, only smaller. The other unique part of the this constellation is that it contains the North Star. The Little Dipper contains 6 named stars. The brightest of which is the North Star which sits at the end of the handle on the Little Dipper.
The Summer Triangle
The summer triangle is a constellation that constitutes three stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair. The Summer triangle is seen in the northern hemisphere and got its popular name from the English astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore. It is a fun constellation because in the middle of summer, in the mid-lattitudes, the summer triangle is directly above your head.
Constellations are fun to know, but they also serve a use to help us have a better handle on our location based on what is overhead. We’ll cover more of that later!