Beyond the Weather: Using Orion as a star finder

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - January has now taken on a wintrier feel and look across the state after a stretch of above normal temperatures. Thoughts of spring have faded with winter back in control. To help you through this wintry stretch take some time to look beyond the weather.

We have talked many times about the constellation Orion. You can now use Orion to find a unicorn. Once you locate the constellation in the east-southeast sky in the early evening, look lower on the horizon. You will have come across the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. Because Monoceros is faint, you will need to be in a very dark location.

Again, using Orion, focus your attention to the right. At this point you can find a river of stars, the constellation Eridanus. Eridanus is also a faint constellation so a dark location is key to seeing it.

Happy stargazing!

Use Orion to find nearby constellations. Click for a larger image.