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Glenn Chaple's observing basics: Signposts of the sky

July 2008: These shapes aren't constellations, but serve as your road map.
Take a look at the image in the center of this page. Which constellation do these stars belong to? I'll give you a hint: They currently are visible high in the northern sky. If you answered "the Big Dipper," you're wrong! The photo does indeed depict the Big Dipper, but the question was "Which constellation?" The correct answer is Ursa Major the Great Bear.

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