Arcturus in the Earth sky

Arcturus in the Earth sky

How to find Arcturus in the Sky? First locate the Big Dipper asterism in the northeastern sky. In the northern United States, Canada or at a similar latitude, the Big Dipper is circumpolar for you – always above the horizon. The white box on the left shows the Big Dipper’s location at around midnight in these seasons. It ascends in the northeast on spring evenings, and descends in the northwest on fall evenings. The basic rule to remember is “spring up and fall down”. Then draw an imaginary line following the curve in the Big Dipper’s handle until you come to a bright orange star. This star is Arcturus.

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