Published: 02/09/2014 12:48 - Updated: 02/09/2014 14:05

Plough guides way across Moray sky

Written byStan Barber

The Plough (Ursa Major or the Great Bear) is visible in the NW with its 2 pointers marking Polaris the Pole Star in Ursa Minor (the Little Bear).

Following through Polaris from the pointers you will find the W of Cassiopeia, with it’s right hand arrow pointing down to Andromeda which is linked to Pegasus. Above and to the right of Cassiopeia is Cepheus, which to me looks like a house with a steep pitched roof.

Returning to Pegasus but below and low on the horizon is Pisces, with Aquarius and Capricornus also low on the horizon to the right or south, and part of

Sagittarius just above the southern horizon.

To the NE is the bright star Capella in Auriga and to it’s right, Perseus.

Following round to the right and the south and Summer Triangle still dominates the night sky comprising Deneb in Cygnus, Vega in Lyra and Altair in Aquila.

Returning to the Plough and looking above it you will find Draco curling its way round past the Little Bear and down towards the distinctive keystone of Hercules.

Again using the Plough but following the curve of the handle takes you to the bright orange star Arcturus in Bootes.

To the left of Bootes we return to the keystone of Hercules with the less prominent Ophiuchus below.

With thanks to Chris Peat (www.heavens-above.com) for permission to use his sky chart. More information and a Sky Guide is available when you join SIGMA.

Further details can be found on the Club’s website www.sigma-astro.co.uk.

By Stan Barber, chairman of SIGMA Moray’s Astronomy Club.

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