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The Starry Skies of February
(Hover over the stars to see the constellations, click to find out more)

explore Perseus
explore Auriga
explore Perseus
explore Gemini explore Auriga
explore Taurus
explore Orion
explore Gemini
explore Orion explore Taurus
explore Canis Minor explore Monoceros
explore Monoceros
Lepus the Hare
Typical view 2 hours after sunset looking due South. A fist at arms length is 10 degrees across.

Due South is the bright and colourful Orion, a mighty hunter whose hunting bow is aimed at Taurus the Bull. If you follow the belt stars backwards (SE) you will find the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius in the Great Dog. When it is low on the horizon this star can look like a UFO as its brilliant light is twisted and refracted by our atmosphere. Above the Big Dog is the second of Orion's hunting companions, a very small dog, often called the Pup by astronomers. High overhead you can see Perseus the Hero, Auriga the Shepherd (or Charioteer) and the Gemini twins.