Can you see a “Teapot” in the night sky?! This “Teapot” is what’s known as an asterism rather than a constellation. An asterism is a pattern of stars that make a recognisable shape. Some asterisms form a part of official constellations.
The “Teapot” asterism is part of the constellation of Sagittarius. In the Southern Hemisphere, Sagittarius is upside down, as is the “Teapot”.
Use the Moon as your guide and try and see if you can see the “Teapot”. Remember, it will appear upside down! First, find the bright Moon. The top of the lid of the “Teapot” is marked by the bright star directly to the left of the Moon. The spout is higher up and to the left. The handle is to the right.
When to look: 8.30pm, 28th August
Which direction to look: Directly above
When you look towards the constellation of Sagittarius, you’re looking to the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy. In the Southern Hemisphere the heart of the Milky Way is high overhead. We see it much better here than in the Northern Hemisphere.