Learning Constellations

NOTE: These exercises are designed so you can begin to learn the constellations without having to go outside. However, once you are a little familiar with the appearance of the night sky, you should test your skills outside by looking at the real sky. The computer is no substitute for the real thing.

One caution. These exercises do not show the planets or Moon. In looking at the real sky, it will help you to know where the brighter planets are so that you don't confuse them with stars. Check with your instructor, a planetarium program, or website to learn where the planets are on a given night. Eventually, you will recognize the planets in the sky from their appearance in constellations whose pattern you know.