Events in DARK text happen during darkness. LIGHT text during daylight,
i.e. we can't see them.
Note: Times are calculated for Liverpool and will vary slightly across the UK
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Each month, we identify the best constellations to be seen from the UK between 9pm and 10pm.
This month we'll be looking for the winter constellations of Andromeda, Cassiopeia
which can be found way above our heads in the November night sky.
Andromeda - was named after an ancient Ethiopian princess. It is the 19th largest of the 88 modern
constellations and contains just 3 bright stars, the brightest of which is Alpheratz. To find it, you need to
face South and then look up until you locate four bright stars making up the shape of a box, known as the Great
Square of Pegasus. Then look for a line of stars emerging from the top-left corner of the box - this is the
constellation of Andromeda.
Cassiopeia - is named after the legendary Queen of Ethiopia, and mother of Andromeda. It is the 25th
largest constellation and is dominated by 5 bright stars that make up the shape of a 'W'. Cassiopeia is one of the few
contellations that is visible throughout the year from the UK, and is easily found by looking right above your head
for that 'W' shape - taking care not to fall over backwards in the dark of course.
Pisces - is thought to represent the two fish into which the Greek characters Aphrodite and Eros (her
son) transformed in order to escape great peril. The constellation is the 14th largest, but contains no bright stars to
help us find it. Instead, 21 dimmer, but still visible, stars connect together to resemble the shape of two fish joined
at the tail. Pisces is one of the 12 constellations through which the ecliptic passes and is therefore one of the
signs of the zodiac. The ecliptic is an imaginary line across the night sky that the planets never stray far from during
their orbits of the Sun. It marks out the plane of our Solar System, or alternatively,
the direction of its rotation axis.