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”.
When to look: 8.30pm, Sunday 11th August 2019
Which direction to look: North
Use the Moon as your guide and try and see if you can see the upside down “Teapot” which is an asterism that forms part of the constellation.
First, find the bright Moon. The top of the lid of the upside down “Teapot” is marked by the bright star directly above the Moon. The spout is to the left and the handle is to the right.
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.
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