When you’re just getting started in astronomy, it can be difficult to know which constellations to look out for. There are some many of them up in the sky, it can be really difficult to even know where to start. However, fortunately some constellations are easier to find that others.
If you’re trying to find some constellations in the sky, then here are some of the easiest for you to see.
5 Easy Constellations for Kids to Spot
The first thing that you need to do is get your bearings and orient your star chart properly. If you want a manual star chart, then go to my page of all the constellations to find one. However nowadays with all the technology we have, you’re best off downloading a star chart app or at least using a website with a star chart.
It should be quite easy to find these constellations, however remember that they’re not always visible throughout the year. So, you might have to wait a while to see them!
Ursa Major is likely the most well known constellation in our night sky. It’s often referred to as the Great Bear, however if you’re in the US, you’ll likely have seen it’s main seven stars referred to as the “big dipper”.
It is one of the easiest constellations to identify in our night sky, and it’s a great place for kids to start their stargazing journey.
You might not have heard of Ursa Minor before, but you’ve likely heard it’s nicknames! It’s also known as the Little Bear, or in some countries it’s known as the Little Dipper. It’s the companion constellation of the larger Ursa Major, and it’s located more to the North to.
The brightest star in this constellation is called Polaris, and it’s the star closest to the North celestial pole.
Taurus is another one of the easiest constellations for us to find in the night sky. This is made easier by the brightest star in the constellation, Aldebaran (also known as Alpha Tauri), which is actually the 14th brightest star in the sky overall.
The best time of year to see Taurus is anytime outside of April to roughly July, when it isn’t visible. Outside of this, it is quite easy to find Taurus is located next to Orion, which makes it all the easier to find this constellation too.
Orion, also known as the Hunter, is another one of the easiest constellations to spot in the night sky. He is well known for his abundance of bright stars, and of course, the belt running across his midrift.
The best time of the year to see Orion is the winter months, starting in November through to February. This is when you should be able to see just how bright and impressive Orion is!
Gemini is another one of the constellations in our night sky that it is simple to find. it borders both Taurus and Orion, so if you can find them first, it’s easier to find Gemini!
If you know your astrology, then you’ll know Gemini is the Twin sign. It’s made up of mythological twins Pollum and Castor, and you can see them as stick figures in the constellation.
These are just a few of the constellations in the night sky that are very is to see. Remember that there are 88 of them in total, and not all of them are visible from everywhere on Earth, and they’re not visible all year round either! So maybe start with these easy to see constellations and then move onto some harder ones when you’re finished.