There is something special about summers apart from the chilly lemonades and a day at the beach. The clear night sky during summers are the best time for star gazing and also for relaxing yourself after a long day at home, especially during the lockdowns imposed by the government officials to stop the Coronavirus pandemic from spreading further. With schools, offices and businesses closed and everyone forced to stay back at home, people are looking for newer ways to relax and spend their free time at home. And what better than sit on your terrace and gaze at the stars at night. The best escape for you during this pandemic.
April nights are the best time to sit outside and look at the clear sky. In the dark sky, you can easily see almost 3,000 stars twinkling at you, stretched from one horizon to the other. But what will excite you more is the fact that you can easily see thousands of stars in the sky making patterns that you already know, but never had the time to sit and gaze. So, here are some of the simplest star constellations that you will have fun finding in the night sky.
One of the most common and easily visible constellations, Orion can be seen easily across the world. The constellation is named after a famous hunter in Greek Mythology. The brightest stars in the Orion constellation are Betelgeuse and Rigel. The Betelgeuse is the 10th brightest star in the sky, while Rigel is considered as the 7th brightest star in the sky.
The Ursa Major is another star constellation that is seen in the northern hemisphere. Ursa means Larger Bear in Latin. Shaped like rectangle at the head with a tail, the constellation also includes the Big Dipper in it. In Fact, a lot of people and sailors use the location of Big Dipper as a sign to find the northern direction. The Ursa Major is the third largest constellation in the sky and also the largest northern hemisphere constellation in the sky.
The URSA minor is another very beautiful and easy to locate constellation in the sky. Ursa Minor means a Smaller Bear in Latin and has a pattern that is similar to a small ladle, also known as the Little Dipper. In fact, Polaris or also known as the North Star or the brightest star in the sky, is a part of the Ursa Minor and was used by sailors to find their path in sea.
Easily found in the sky when looked from the Northern Hemisphere, the Draco constellation is the shape of a dragon and is one of the 48 ancient constellations that were found by our ancients. The Draco Constellation, despite its size and shape is the 8th largest constellation in the sky. When you find the constellation, you will see just how it snakes its way all through the northern sky.
The Pegasus constellation is named after a flying horse based on some Greek Mythology. The constellation can be seen in the northern sky easily. It is the seventh largest constellation in the sky and the brightest star in this constellation is the Epsilon Pegasi.