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The constellations you can spot with open eyes

Spend time looking up at the sky and spot these

Sky gazing is one of the most relaxing and mind-calming activities to spend time on. While staring at the sky, the naked eyes get to witness so much, right from the shining stars scattered all over the sky to these tiny shining twinkles making up a cluster leading into making up a shape. This is where the activity of sky gazing becomes fascinating and worth keeping our eyes glued to the sky. And it is not once a blue moon event when you see stars gathering up making shapes; if you look up longer, you will see many constellations. So here are a few constellations that you can spot with your naked eye.

Orion ‘The Hunter’

A constellation is located on the celestial equator and is easily visible to the naked eyes in the night sky. Keep gazing at the sky, and you will find three bright stars forming a straight line of the hunter’s belt. If you keep looking closely, you will also see Betelgeuse, which is a bright star-forming the hunter’s armpit. From there, keep your gaze fixed in a straight line along the hunter’s arm, and you will see it holding a bow. The constellation got its name from a hunter in Greek mythology. The brightest stars in this constellation are blue-white Rigel (Beta Orionis) and red Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis). There are seven stars, three in the belt, two forming the shoulder, and two forming the skirt.

Canis Major

A constellation that appears in the southern celestial hemisphere, Canis Major, gets the name from Latin, which stands for ‘greater dog’. This is represented as following the Orion constellation through the sky. In fact, the Milky Way passes through Canis Major and among various other constellations. This constellation is famous for being the home to Sirius, the brightest star, which is also known as the ‘dog star’.

Ursa Major

Known as the Great Bear, this constellation is located in the northern sky. It gets its name from Latin, which means ‘greater she-bear’. Ursa Major is primarily known for its main seven stars, namely the Big Dipper, the Wagon, Charles’s Wain, or the Plough, among various others. One can spot the Ursa Major constellation with naked eyes throughout the year.

Other constellations that one can sport with naked eyes are Taurus ‘The Bull’, Gemini, Leo, Gemini ‘The Twins’, Auriga, Puppis, and Cancer, to name a few.

Nirtika Pandita

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