Big Dipper

Look for Mizar and Alcor in the bend of the handle of the Big Dipper. Spotting these two stars with the naked eye is a good test of your vision! Click on the image for a close-up view of Mizar (with Alcor), the center star in the handle of the Big Dipper.

Astronomy doesn’t have to be hard. If you simply want to make some sense of what’s overhead, learn a few new constellations, see the rings of Saturn through your telescope, and maybe track down a galaxy or two, no formal training is required. The essence of backyard stargazing is your own curiosity. Armed with that and a clear sky, the only other thing you need is a guide to show you the way.

To get started, download our Let's Go Stargazing starter kit. This printable, full-color PDF guide includes stargazing basics. You'll also find a handy Moon map to help you enjoy close-up views of our nearest neighbor in space.

So grab your telescope, binoculars, or just head outside without any equipment. Clear Skies!

Download our FREE Let's Go Stargazing guide.


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