Circumpolar Constellations

Imagine that you're stargazing on a clear night from some location in the mid-northern latitudes, such as southern Europe, Japan, or the central United States. Suppose that you sit down and examine the constellations on every clear evening, a couple of hours after sunset, for an entire year. Sometimes the Moon is up, and sometimes it isn't. Its phase and brightness affect the number of stars you see even on the most cloud-free, haze-free nights. But some constellations stand out enough to be seen on any evening when the weather permits. The constellations near the north celestial pole are visible all year long. The following subsections describe these primary constellations.

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