How to use the interactive Sky Chart
Use the pull-down menus above the star chart to select, in turn, the period
of observation (either early or late in the month), the desired month,
and the time of the chart to be drawn. Note
that the checkbox labelled 'Summer Time?' should
have a tick in it if British Summer Time is in effect for the date in question.
Clicking the 'DISPLAY CHART' button will then
calculate how the sky will look for you. Obviously, if you select a chart showing
the sky for the early evening in June, then the Sun will still be up!
Finding your way around
Find a place to stargaze, preferably away from the glare of artificial lights.
Look south (the Sun sets approximately to your right). By holding the sky chart
with north at the top in front of you, the lower half of the map will represent
the part of the sky you are facing. Looking north, turn the map upside down, so
that south is at the top; again, the lower half of the map will represent the part
of the sky you are facing. And so on for other points of the compass. The centre of
the chart always represents the point overhead, or the zenith.
What's up this month?
Keep your eye on the sky each month with our handy table of stellar and planetary phenomena. If you require precise lunar and planetary positions from your U.K. location, be sure to visit our Solar System page and its interactive planetary data table.
For an in-depth look at Solar System and Deep Sky objects each week, check out our new weekly guide to the night sky.